Boston College women’s lacrosse gets past Maryland in NCAA semifinal

It was a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship game, but with a different result as fourth-seeded Boston College defeated top seed Maryland, 15-13, Friday night in the semifinals of the Division 1 women’s NCAA championship in Stony Brook, N.Y., to advance to its second consecutive national championship game. It was BC’s first win over Maryland in 14 games and snapped the defending national champions 18-game winning streak.

BC met Maryland in last season’s national championship game, won by the Terrapins (16-13). Maryland came to Friday’s semifinal matchup boasting 14 national championships, including 13 NCAA titles, most in the country.

Maryland scored the game’s first three goals just two minutes into the contest. BC’s Dempsey Arsenault scored her 60th goal of the season to break the ice for the Eagles at the 26:56 mark. Maryland continued its momentum by scoring five of the first six goals to take a 5-1 lead just eight minutes in.

Later in the half, Sam Apuzzo’s 82nd goal of the season started a furious BC rally as the Eagles ripped off five straight goals. Taylor Walker scored on a free position shot, Kaileen Hart scored and Cara Urbank picked up a pair of goaols.

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Apuzzo led the BC attack with four goals (three in the second half), while Dempsey Arsenault had three goals and two assists, Tess Chandler had three goals, and Urbank also had three goals. Chandler’s twisting shot from near the right goal line with 1:37 to go in the first half evened the score at 8-8.

Apuzzo gave BC a 14-13 lead with 8:14 to play in the second half, then scored her 85th goal of the season 48 seconds later to give the Eagles a two-goal cushion.

Kali Hartshorn led Maryland (20-2) with four goals whole Taylor Hensh and Jen Giles each had three.

Lauren Daly made seven saves for BC (22-1), while Megan Taylor had 13 for Maryland.

BC will play No. 3 seed James Madison at noon on Sunday for the national title.

In Friday’s first semifinal, James Madison defeated No. 2 North Carolina, 15-12, to advance to its first national title game. The Dukes jumped to an 8-4 lead in the first half, powered by four goals from Haley Warden. In the second half, UNC tried to fight back, but the Dukes always had an answer. Kristen Gaudian scored a hat trick in less than six minutes of second-half game time.