Posted: 12:00 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2013
By Brian Favat
Congratulations to the Boston College women's lacrosse team which defeated its second top-10 opponent in as many games with a 10-9 home victory over No. 6/5 Duke on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Eagles (6-6, 3-2 ACC) notch a victory over Duke for the first time in program history and set a new school record for ACC wins in a season (3).
The fact that three ACC wins is the new program high sounds a bit silly, but there's only five conference games a year and the ACC for women's lacrosse is beast. Since the 2006 season, BC's first in the conference, the Eagles' ACC record goes 1-4, 1-4, 2-3, 0-5, 1-4, 1-4 and 1-4.
And while the Eagles overall record stands at just 6-6, BC has played one of the most difficult schedules in the country this season. Boston College's strength of schedule ranks third in the nation, behind only North Carolina and Syracuse.
The Eagles six losses came to:
at No. 13/- Ohio State
at No. 4/4 Northwestern
No. 1/1 Maryland
at No. 3/3 North Carolina
No. 5/6 Syracuse
Due to a scheduling quirk, Boston College has actually completed the ACC portion of this year's schedule with five regular season games remaining. The Eagles have winnable non-conference games remaining at New Hampshire, at Vermont, at Brown, Harvard and Canisius. Take care of business against those five programs and BC should put themselves in a good position to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history and first time since 2011.
As a result of finishing with a winning record in conference play, Boston College will be the no. 3 seed for the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at the end of the month. The Eagles will play the no. 6 seed in the quarterfinals, likely the loser of the Virginia-Virginia Tech game. BC will also avoid top-seeded and undefeated Maryland until the title game should the Eagles advance that far.