Two very well balanced teams—both ranking in the top-20 in scoring offense and defense—meet on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament Elite Eight.
Duke erased a 23-point deficit to beat Louisville on the road, so to no surprise, the Blue Devils are once again the cream of the crop in our ACC Power Rankings.
Makayla Dickens led the Eagles with 24 points, but BC again struggled to execute down the stretch, falling to Virginia on the road in overtime Thursday night.
Louisville and North Carolina have both been playing excellently as of late, but its still Duke and Virginia’s conference to lose.
Having not won a conference game in over a month, the Eagles will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to kick off ACC Tournament play against a Virginia team that they defeated back in September.
Entering Week 10, head coach Steve Addazio’s team is still in the championship discussion—according to FiveThirtyEight, the Eagles have a 45 percent chance to clinch a spot in the playoff if they win out.
Two days after beating Miami and improving to 6-2 or better for just the sixth time since 2000, the Eagles climbed back into the AP Top 25, joining three other ACC teams in the poll.
BC continued its four-game road trip with a match in Charlottesville, Va.—the Eagles alternated the opening four frames, but, for the second-straight contest, lost in five sets.
For the second-straight year, Duke lost its first game of the season following a 4-0 start, and other early-season favorites like Boston College looked more vulnerable than expected.