The women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Boston College 16–10 to exit the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Tigers narrowly beat Syracuse in double overtime to clinch a spot in the second round. However, they were unable to overcome the early lead the Eagles built.
Boston College jumped to an early lead in the first half. It took a 5–1 advantage early in the match and extended its lead to five by halftime. Despite the setback, Princeton rallied in the second half. Jumping back to score three of the first four goals after the break, the Tigers tried to retake momentum.
A strong Tiger defense held the Eagle’s leading scorer to just one goal. But Boston College rallied with a 4–1 run of their own to gain back their comfortable advantage. The two teams traded shot for shot until the end. While the Tigers made a push in the final moments of the game, two potential Princeton goals were waved off, effectively ending the Princeton rally. Boston College went on to clinch the win 16–10.
The Eagles will advance to the quarterfinals and face Stony Brook. Penn also fell out of NCAA contention after a 18–5 loss to the Seawolves. Last year, the Orange and Black defeated Cornell University in the NCAA tournament but fell to Penn State in a hard-fought match in the quarterfinals.
Boston College led the Tigers in shots, 35–25. The Eagles won three more ground balls (17–14) and had a strong advantage in draws (17–11).
While the loss is disappointing, there were some notable performances from the Tigers. Junior attack Elizabeth George and sophomore attack Tess D’Orsi led the Princeton offense with both players recording hat tricks. Freshman goalie Sam Fish had eight saves, helping to keep Boston College’s top scorer to a relatively quiet game.
The Princeton team has plenty to be proud of as it looks back on the season. The Tigers won their 14th Ivy League championship and their fourth Ivy League tournament title to earn the program’s 26th bid to the NCAA tournament.