This past weekend, the Boston College women’s lacrosse team won the NCAA D1 national championship. They defeated Syracuse in the national championship game Sunday afternoon and brought the first ever non-hockey national championship back to Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles were led by elite goal scorer Charlotte North. North broke the NCAA record for most goals in a single season in the championship game, scoring her 101st goal of the season in the 2nd half. She would finish the day with her season tally at 102.
“I think our coaches did such a good job breaking down our film each time we played them and learning what we could do better on the offensive end, putting in new sets and new looks and making sure to give us key points to focus on,” North said. “My attackers make my job easy. They’re moving in there, they’re having the ball zip around and they’re aggressive. So, I mean, it’s a credit to them.”
The Eagles defeated Fairfield, Temple, and Notre Dame to advance to the Final Four in Towson, Maryland. There, to advance to the national championship game, they defeated North Carolina. North Carolina was undefeated on the year prior to the game including a 21-9 victory over Boston College earlier in the season. Syracuse advanced by defeating Northwestern.
The Eagles have been in the national championship game for four straight seasons, with this win being their first championship.
The game was tight the whole way with BC sensing the light at the end of the tunnel for only the final moments of the long competitive game. The Eagles would not have won if not for Charlotte North who scored a team-high 6 goals in the national championship game. Syracuse’s highest scoring player only had 2 goals for comparison. One of the keys for the Eagles in securing the win was their second half defense.
Being up 9-8 at halftime, allowing only 2 Orange goals the rest of the way was a major part in the victory. Goalie Rachel Hall had 9 saves and was also a big part of the team’s success. Today the team visited with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the Massachusetts statehouse to celebrate the win. Baker took pictures with his customized jersey.