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Boston College ONE GAME

BOSTON COLLEGE

ONE GAME

2019 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse

Digital Media Sports by Leigh Ernst Friestedt

Article and Photos by Leigh Ernst Friestedt

Kenzie Kent - Boston College defeats Princeton (17-12) to advance to the 2019 NCAA Final Four

The Road to a National Title

May 13, 2019 - For the third consecutive year, Boston College ("BC") advanced to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Final Four with a decisive win against Princeton (17-12) in the Quarterfinals. While BC has made it to the NCAA Championship Game for the last two years, they are the only team in the 2019 Final Four not to have captured the national title.

Boston College Women's Lacrosse Team

With the top four ranked teams: #1 Maryland, #2 BC, #3 UNC, and #4 Northwestern playing for a national title, and all of the Tewaaraton Finalists playing on these teams: Sam Apuzzo (BC), Dempsey Arsenault (BC), Selena Lasota (Northwestern), Jen Giles (MD) and Megan Taylor (MD), Memorial Day weekend will be a showcase for the top women's lacrosse players in the country.

2019 Women's Lacrosse Tewaaraton Finalists

The Eagle will meet UNC in the Semifinals on Friday (May 24) in Baltimore - UNC is the only team to beat BC this year. The undefeated Eagles entered the 2019 ACC Tournament ranked #1 nationally with a perfect regular season record (17-0), but for the second-year in a row, UNC defeated Boston College in the ACC Championship Game.

UNC defeated BC (15-13) at 2019 ACC Championship Game

For the Eagles, losing the ACC and NCAA Championships in 2017 and 2018, intensify the importance of winning One Game to rewrite history and become 2019 National Champions. Head Coach, Acacia Walker-Weinstein, does not focus on the past - every year is a different team, every game is different, BC has learned from their past, they will not make the same mistakes twice, and they are determined to win the National Championship.

One Game

Boston College enters the Final Four approaching "One Game" at a time - one practice at a time, one opponent at a time, and one game at a time - trying to get better with every opportunity - to win their first National Championship.

Head Coach, Acacia Walker-Weinstein, does not believe three-times is a charm, it took a lot more than luck for BC to make it to the Final Four the last three-years. The One Game mindset provides BC the mental discipline required to handle the pressure of competing against the top teams and ultimately winning a national title.

Senior Leadership

The key to Boston College's success is senior leadership comprised of elite athletes who have felt the pain of losing important games and rebounded with an intense Will to Win. Led by some of the strongest players in the history of women's lacrosse - Sam Apuzzo, Dempsey Arsenault and Kenzie Kent - the Eagles have the talent, leadership, experience and Will to Win a National Championship.

Sam Apuzzo - Attack

2018 Tewaaraton Award Winner

2019 Tewaaraton Finalist

2019 ACC Attacker of the Year

Sam Apuzzo - 2018 NCAA Championship Game
Sam Apuzzo - 2017 NCAA Final Four
Sam Apuzzo - 2017 NCAA Championship Game
Sam Apuzzo - 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals
Dempsey Arsenault - Midfield

2019 Tewaaraton Finalist

2019 ACC Midfielder of the Year

Dempsey Arsenault - 2018 NCAA Championship Game
Dempsey Arsenault - 2019 NCAA Quarterfinals
Kenzie Kent - Attack

2017 NCAA Championship Player of the Game

Kenzie Kent - 2017 NCAA Championship Game
Kenzie Kent - 2017 NCAA Championship Game
Kenzie Kent - 2017 NCAA Final Four
Kenzie Kent - 2019 BC vs Notre Dame

Boston College's senior leadership extends beyond the superstar trio of Apuzzo, Arsenault and Kent, to six Eagles who have made significant contributions and played in the Final Four: Elizabeth Miller, Christina Walsh, Taylor Walker, Brooke Troy, Hannah Hyatt and Lauren Daly.

What makes the BC senior class so dangerous is their chemistry and genuine support for one another on and off the field. Apuzzo and Kent have the ability to read each other's mind and instinctively know what the other needs to score a goal. The telepathic chemistry extends to Arsenault in the midfield and BC's other top players on attack: Taylor Walker, Sheila Rietano, Cara Urbank and Jordan Lappin.

When Apuzzo, Kent and/or Arsenault are face-guarded or double-teamed, look for other Eagles to step up and put the ball in the cage - including Brooke Troy breaking the ball out of the defense and coming all the way down the field to score.

Brooke Troy breaks through the defense - BC defense with goalie, Abbey Ngai

The BC defense is stacked with a cohesive, senior unit that deserves the unsung hero award. While many of their stats are not recorded, they are an integral part of the team's success - clearing the ball, face guarding, taking charges, sprinting for overshot balls and working together to do whatever it takes to stop the other team from scoring. Abbey Ngai has stepped up as a Sophomore in goal for the Eagles, with an experienced Lauren Daly ready to play in any game as a lefty to help the defense.

Hannah Hyatt (BC) steps up to take charge against UNC

Will to Win

Boston College's most exciting win came against Syracuse in the ACC Championship Semifinals (14-13). Down three goals with eight minutes to play in the rain, BC had their backs up against the wall, but found a way to win. Sam Apuzzo with her relentless ride, miracuously regained possession of the ball and tied the game up 13-13 with an unassisted goal at 1:40 left on the clock.

Sam Apuzzo regains possession of ball and scores goal to tie game 13-13 against Syracuse

BC's defender, Hannah Hyatt, won the important draw control, and with 17 seconds left in the game, Taylor Walker scored the winning goal diving across the front of the cage on a pass from Dempsey Arsenault.

Boston College's Winning Goal vs Syracuse
Taylor Walker scores winning goal against Syracuse
BC celebrates winning goal
Head Coach - Acacia Walker-Weinstein

But BC's victory against Syracuse was short-lived as they came up short against UNC in the ACC Championship Game (13-15). After getting off to a fast start and going ahead by five goals, UNC chipped away at BC's lead and switched their athletic goalie, Taylor Moreno, for an experienced Elise Hennessey, who came off the bench to make seven saves and lead the Tar Heels to victory.

For the Eagles, the loss to UNC at home was devastating, but how the team responded provides key insights into the team's potential in the future. The Eagles rebounded from the loss with a Will to Win and a work ethic that Coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein had never seen before.

ONE GAME

All of the Final Four teams have the talent, experience and coaching to win a National Championship - in fact all of them already have - Boston College is the only team not to have broken through the NCAA barrier. The 2019 Final Four could come down to the mental aspect of the game - which team can execute under pressure, ignore a bad call, rebound after a goal is scored and ultimately have the will to win one more game.

Under Head Coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein, BC has made eight NCAA tournament appearances, two NCAA Semifinal appearances and two NCAA Championship Game appearances, but has still come up short from wining the National title. If BC could win the 2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, it would be a fairy tale ending to a 40-year career of women's lacrosse at Boston College and a well-deserved honor for an outstanding senior class.

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