Sports, Spring, Lacrosse

North’s Record-Breaking Performance Lifts Eagles Over Hokies

Jaw-dropping goal totals have been something of Boston College lacrosse star Charlotte North’s staple in her time on the Heights. To earn her 47 goals up to this point this season, she has scored over six goals on four separate occasions, including an eight-goal performance to open the year against Albany.

Still, the hope of breaking the Eagles’ single-game scoring record of nine goals has remained elusive despite North’s consistent high-octane play. She finally broke through on Saturday afternoon, as she scored 10 goals against Virginia Tech to set a new program record for BC (9-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast). North’s record-setting performance led the way in the No. 4/5 Eagles’ 21-11 rout of the Hokies (3-8, 0-6).

Former BC star Sam Apuzzo held the previous record after scoring nine against Navy in 2018. Jenn Medjid tied the record last month with a stellar display against Louisville

North tied Apuzzo’s record 10 minutes into the second half on a rocket past Virginia Tech goalie Angie Benson off a free-position shot. The shot gave BC a 15-7 lead and was the fourth in what turned out to be a run of five straight goals for the Eagles. The streak put the Eagles comfortably in the lead after the Hokies had cut their deficit to just three in the early minutes of the second half.

As the clock wound down in the later stages of the second half, the Eagles continued to extend their lead, but North’s hope of securing the record looked bleaker with every passing minute. Belle Smith got on the board three times after North’s ninth goal, and Cara Urbank and Cassidy Weeks also found the back of the net, but North’s name stayed off the stat sheet. 

North finally secured her spot in the annals of program history in the final seconds. Freshman Kit Arrix carried the ball into the Hokies’ third and dished it to a cutting North who picked up the ball and flicked it into the top of the net with just one second left to play.

North was also dominant on faceoffs, as she tied her career high with 13 draw controls. 

Smith was BC’s second leading scorer with five goals, and Medjid added three of her own along with a trio of assists. 

North got off to a fast start, opening the scoring just over a minute into the game as she wrapped around the net and fired a jump shot to the right of Benson.

The Eagles and Hokies went back and forth for most of the half until the Eagles took a commanding 9-4 lead with a trio of unanswered goals to end the half. 

North not only ran up the scoreboard but did so in style, as she ripped one of her first-half goals on a behind-the-back shot.

Virginia Tech opened the second half with two quick goals to cut the Eagles’ lead to three, but BC’s five-goal run put the game out of doubt for most of the second half.

The Eagles’ commanding lead also gave them the opportunity to give backup goalie Abbey Ngai a couple minutes between the pipes. Ngai started as a sophomore but has seldom seen the field over the last two seasons due to the emergence of Rachel Hall, who transferred to BC from Oregon.

Featured Image by Kristian Lamarre / Heights Staff

April 11, 2021