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Feb. 16, 2019 — The team of the present

In the 22nd minute of play of yesterday’s women’s lacrosse game between ACC rivals Boston College and Syracuse, Mary Rahal scored to give the Orange a shock 7-2 lead.

But when you watched the disposition and posture of the players for the next few minutes after that, you might have supposed that the score was completely the opposite. Boston College was winning draws, dominating the midfield, and scoring some well-executed goals. Between Rahal’s goal and the final two minutes of the game, Boston College outscored Syracuse 12-3 on the way to a 14-12 win.

In other words, Boston College had to be put under duress before exhibiting the form which has made it the prohibitive favorite to win the NCAA championship. At their best, the Eagles made some amazing transition goals through precise passing. Even when Syracuse was still holding the lead late in the first term, B.C. was imperious in its scoring, adding a sense of inevitability to its quest to take the lead.

During the game, current Tewaaraton Trophy holder Sam Apuzzo was magnificent, scoring seven goals, some on several twisting efforts in the fan which not even Asa Goldstock could stop. On the other end of the pitch, B.C. goalie Lauren Daly had 12 stops.

Somehow, I don’t think this is the last time these two teams will see each other. And it will be interesting what will happen.