BC entered the 2021 season focused on a National Championship, but faced an uphill battle after graduating an outstanding class in 2019. During the abbreviated 2020 season, BC lost to UMass, USC and Notre Dame before the season was shut down due to the pandemic. But the 2020 losses translated into an opportunity to develop and provided BC time to integrate top recruits and transfers onto the team.
Road to a National Championship
BC's journey to a National Championship was not easy. After losing three consecutive NCAA Championship Games (2017, '18 & '19), the Eagles graduated three of the best players in the history of women's lacrosse: Sam Apuzzo, Kenzie Kent and Dempsey Arsenault - many questioned whether BC could ever reach such heights again.
But Acacia Walker-Weinstein turned the page in the BC history book and focused on a new team led by veterans (Cara Urbank and Jill Reilly) layered with talented recruits and key transfers (Charlotte North and Rachel Hall).
In addition to Charlotte North, Boston College transferred in goalie, Rachel Hall from Oregon in 2019. North and Hall came from a less traditional lacrosse haven which is now gaining national attention - Texas. The superstar attacker and goalie watched the 2019 Championship Game against Maryland and knew BC was the program for them to go after a national title.
The BC culture is built around a Family. Acacia's family is part of the team with her children often attending practice, games and virtual press conferences. Additionally, the BC team has multiple generations of student-athletes and coaches from the same family:
- Courtney and Cassidy Weeks
- Annie and Erin Walsh (Christine Walsh '19)
- Kenzie ('19) and Addison Kent - daughters of Assistant Coach, Jennifer Kent
- Hollie Schleicher and Belle Smith - cousins
"We dedicate this win to all the alumni, all the people who came before us, the coaches, the staff, the administration, everyone who has worked so hard to get us to this point and get us through that threshold. And this win is for them. They created this foundation and the culture of BC lacrosse." Hollie Schleicher