When No. 2 Boston College lacrosse scored four goals within the first four minutes of Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Notre Dame, the tone was already set. Eleven minutes later, when the horn sounded at the end of the first quarter, BC had a sizable 7–2 lead, and the Eagles never looked back.
BC head coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein praised the Eagles’ defensive effort for leading BC (12–1, 5–1 Atlantic Coast) to a 16–10 victory over No. 18 Notre Dame (5–8, 1–5), its fifth ranked win of the season.
“I think our defense made so many saves and so many stops that got the offense more opportunities than just the ones that you get after winning the draw,” Walker-Weinstein said. “So a credit to the defense for just playing really, really strong to help our offense get more opportunities to score.”
An hour-long rain delay between the first and second quarters put a halt to BC’s offensive drive, but the Eagles put the downtime to good use.
“During the break, we went into Fish Field House and got some extra practice in,” Walker-Weinstein said. “We knew we were staring at a man down, so we did a couple of man-down balls just to make sure that they stayed focused.”
The practice paid off, and the Eagles scored three more goals in the second quarter to enter halftime up 10–3. BC never let its lead fall below five goals in the second half.
Saturday’s game, along with being a crucial ACC matchup, was also the Eagles’ Senior Day. BC honored eight seniors before the game, and several of them created more highlights during the game. BC’s senior class has led the team all season, including the Eagles’ three top scorers—Charlotte North, Jenn Medjid, and Caitlynn Mossman.
In Saturday’s matchup, North led the way on offense with five goals and an assist, good for her sixth five-plus goal of the season. Medjid added three goals and two assists, while Mossman and Cassidy Weeks contributed to the senior-led stat sheet with one goal each.
Senior goalkeeper Rachel Hall anchored the defense with nine saves, while senior Courtney Taylor recorded three draw controls, and senior Melanie Welch picked up two ground balls.
“I’m overall very proud of the team, and it was an emotional Senior Day as it always is,” Walker-Weinstein said. “I think the team fought … for the seniors, which is something that we love.”
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