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Boston College lacrosse wins its 2nd national title in 4 years

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“It means to the world that we could live in this moment and be on the other side. I just can’t describe it. It’s a dream come true.”

Boston College lacrosse found a way against Northwestern to win the national title. Boston University Athletics

After falling behind by six goals earlier, the Boston College lacrosse team never panicked.

The Eagles firmly believed they could rally, and that’s exactly what they did. BC methodically retreated, finally gained momentum, then held off a late rally in the Northwest.

Boston College earned a thrilling 14-13 victory Sunday in Cary, North Carolina, capturing its second national championship in four years.

“We’ve come a long way,” BC coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein said. “I’m so proud of the girls. I am so proud of the seniors. I asked them to lead the way all season, and that’s exactly what they did.

The Eagles, who have made seven straight title games, now have a second championship to show for it.

“The losses along the way were part of that process,” Walker-Weinstein said. “I’m not glorifying defeat in any way, but I think maybe me, our staff, our players, needed to toughen up a little bit to be ready for this moment. I think that’s exactly what some losses were made.

Kayla Martello led the Eagles with five goals en route to MVP honors. Andrea Reynolds, Rachel Clark, Mckenna Davis and Emma LoPinto each added two and Ryan Smith scored one.

Clark had four assists and Belle Smith three, and Shea Dolce made nine saves, including several decisive saves in the final minutes to help preserve the victory.

“I kind of passed out,” Dolce said. “I honestly don’t remember much about it.”

When these teams met in the finals last year, Northwestern won 18-6. In the rematch, the Wildcats took a 6-0 lead thanks to an early lead and seemed destined for another decisive victory.

The Eagles, however, had other ideas. They reduced the gap to 6-3, then to 8-6 at halftime following a goal from Martello in the last minute.

Davis capped a defensive third quarter with a sensational backhand buzzer-beater to make it 10-9. The Wildcats headed into the fourth.

“I think that was what we needed to wake up, our belief, and really just the energy,” Walker-Weinstein said of Davis’ performance.

With momentum on their side and pressure on the Wildcats, the Eagles tied it at 11 on a Clark goal, then took a 12-11 lead on a Reynolds delivery with 9:39 to play.

Martello made it 13-11, NU’s Izzy Scane cut it in half, then Davis converted with 4:02 left. Scane struck again with 59 seconds remaining, then Dolce and the defense helped secure a thrilling triumph.

Northwestern had the ball late, with a chance to tie, but the Eagles made one last stand.

“It means to the world that we could live in this moment and be on the wrong side of it,” Dolce said. “I just can’t describe it. It’s a dream come true.

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