Boston Herald

Finally! BC gets its title

Women’s lax claims national championsh­ip

- BY RICH THOMPSON

The Boston College women’s lacrosse program captured its first NCAA national championsh­ip and ended a debilitati­ng hex in the process.

The Eagles realized victory in their fourth consecutiv­e trip to the NCAA title game with a 16-10 triumph over ACC rival Syracuse on Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland. BC lost the previous three title matches, two to perennial power Maryland and one to James Madison. The 2020 tournament was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BC coach Acacia WalkerWein­stein joins men’s hockey coaches Jerry York and John “Snooks” Kelley in bringing an NCAA title to the Heights. BC finished 18-3 on the season and 2-2 against Syracuse.

“We had a dream a long time ago that we were going to win a championsh­ip and people told us we were crazy and we just did it,” said Walker-Weinstein.

“Those losses really taught us a lot and we were destroyed by it temporaril­y. But we picked up the pieces and we had to pivot here and there and make different decisions and persist and stay together and find new ways to win.

“I talked to Jerry York after the 2019 loss, and he is the winningest hockey coach ever. He just said to trust the process and all these things are about the process. At some point, at the right time, divine timing will come in and things will fall into place.”

Senior attacker Charlotte North closed out one of the most productive offensive seasons for any sport in NCAA history. She scored six goals while under intense scrutiny and set NCAA records for goals in a single season (102) and goals in a single tournament with 31 in five games. The Dallas native locked down the Tewaaraton Award given annually to the best player in women’s college lacrosse.

“I just think about this win, it was a full team effort,” said North. “That is all I’m thinking about and we put together a full game and it’s all on my teammates.

“We have the best team in the country and the best coaches in the entire world.”

Leading by one at the break, BC opened the second half with three straight goals that included the first of North’s two milestones. BC went up 12-8 at 25:26 on North’s fourth of the game and 100th of the season, equaling the NCAA record set by Stony Brook’s Courtney Murphy.

North broke the record and put BC up 13-9 at 16:39 with a fireball straight down Broadway from 20 feet out. BC took its biggest lead, 15-9, on a tally by midfielder Cassidy Weeks with 15:15 to play.

Syracuse junior attacker Meaghan Tyrrell gave the Orange life with a tally at 7:25 to cut the lead to 15-10. North inserted the dagger on her sixth with 1:11 to play. BC outscored Syracuse 7-2 in the second half while junior goalkeeper Rachel Hall finished with nine saves in the contest.

“I give so much credit to our defense and we were such a new unit this year,” said sophomore midfielder Hollie Schleicher. “I think it was all about trust, intensity and focus and Rachael Hall has been unstoppabl­e.

“We worked so hard today and it just paid off.”

The first half was a competitiv­e affair between two teams that held no secrets from each other. The Eagles and the Orange faced each other in the final two games of the regular season and in the semifinals of the ACC tournament with Syracuse taking a 19-17 contest.

There were six ties and four lead changes in the opening 30 minutes, which ended with the Eagles holding a slim 9-8 advantage.

 ?? GETTy IMaGES PHoToS ?? SHARPSHOOT­ER: Charlotte North fires home one of her six goals in Sunday’s win. She finished the season with an NCAA-record 102 goals for the season and is the front-runner to take home the Tewaaraton Award.
GETTy IMaGES PHoToS SHARPSHOOT­ER: Charlotte North fires home one of her six goals in Sunday’s win. She finished the season with an NCAA-record 102 goals for the season and is the front-runner to take home the Tewaaraton Award.
 ??  ?? TAKES MANY HANDS: Members of the BC women’s lacrosse team celebrate winning the national championsh­ip with a 16-10 win over Syracuse in Towson, Maryland.
TAKES MANY HANDS: Members of the BC women’s lacrosse team celebrate winning the national championsh­ip with a 16-10 win over Syracuse in Towson, Maryland.

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