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BC women’s lacrosse looks to get back to NCAA semis

Charlotte North, now the nation's all-time leading scorer, leads the reigning national champs against Loyola.

Acacia Walker-Weinstein has been BC's women's lacrosse coach since 2012.

Those interested in witnessing greatness may want to plan a trip to Newton on Thursday afternoon, when Boston College – the reigning national champions, and led by the leading scorer in the history of Division I women’s lacrosse – will attempt to win their way back to another Final Four.

The Eagles earned that opportunity with Sunday’s win over Denver, a 13-8 decision that included four goals from Charlotte North, bringing her count to 345 for her illustrious career. The Dallas native, Duke transfer, and budding icon needed just one to reset the record book, and got it out of the way quickly before tacking on three more as third-seeded BC (17-3) advanced without much of a serious threat from their challengers. 

With another win Thursday over Loyola-Maryland, the Eagles would secure their fifth consecutive trip to the national semifinals, a run that included winning the title in 2021 after reaching the championship game in three straight years from 2017-19. This year’s Final Four will be played in Baltimore on May 27 and 29. BC’s only losses this season were a pair to the University of North Carolina – including a 16-15 epic at Chestnut Hill in March, as well as the ACC championship game – and a narrow, late-season defeat at Duke.

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Loyola is no slouch, however, seeded sixth in the field, and having won its first two NCAA tournament games by a combined 22 goals.

Thursday’s game is being played at BC’s Newton lacrosse and soccer complex as the school prepares Alumni Stadium for commencement. That means fans will get a more intimate atmosphere to watch two of the country’s best teams do battle, and it’d be hard to beat the price of admission: Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $2 for kids 12 and under

That’s cheaper than local lacrosse enthusiasts can expect to pay for MIAA tournament games next month – and just a sliver of the $20-$25 it’ll cost to attend the NCAA semifinals about a week later, although BC fans are hoping they’ll need to build that cost into their ticket budget, too.

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