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June 4, 2018 — How this year’s Tewaaraton award plays into next year

Over the weekend, there was one active Tewaaraton award-winner who did not take the field for a professional lacrosse team.

That’s because Sam Apuzzo won the award for her work in her junior year at Boston College. The attacking midfielder led the Eagles to an unbeaten regular season and to within perhaps the width of a goalpost of winning the 2018 NCAA final.

That brings up the “stepladder” phenomenon when it comes to the Division I women’s lacrosse championship. On 14 occasions, the second-place team from the year before has won the championship the following year.

Most modern followers of the game may only have memories of the strings of championships won by Maryland, Princeton, and Northwestern over the years. But there was a period from 1985 to 1990 when you could reliably predict that the team taking home the silver medals would be the ones cutting out the nets from the goal cages the next season.

I know there are eight months until the beginning of the 2019 NCAA regular season, but Boston College should be the champions next year. Start with Apuzzo, and her running mate Dempsey Arsenault, who are both juniors.

And then you add in Kenzie Kent. She had willed the Eagles into the 2017 national championship with speed, passing, scoring, and a game sense burnished on the hockey rink. Academically a senior, Kent took a year off from lacrosse to try to get Boston College to the Women’s Frozen Four, but will be enrolling in graduate school to use up her last eligible year in lacrosse.

With this team playing the usual high-powered Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, having to match wits with the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia every year, I think 2019 will be a most memorable season in The Heights.