Jim Quist @ACCTheQ –
Before the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse semifinals have even been played we know one thing to be certain. The Championship will be the Big Ten vs the ACC. In an oddity of sorts one semifinal game pits No. 2 Boston College against No. 3 North Carolina. There’s our ACC team. To add to that strange twist of fate the other has No. 1 Maryland going up against No. 4 Northwestern. And there’s our Big Ten team.
There are few locations with the college lacrosse history of Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field in Baltimore. It’s a fitting site for this year’s championship games. With this year’s lineup, Game of Thrones has nothing on the battle to be Queen of the X that fans will see this weekend.
The first matchup pairs up the ACC powerhouses of Boston College and North Carolina. Coverage of the matchup gets underway at 5:00pm ET on ESPN3.
Each of the remaining four teams have lost a game to their semifinal opponent. Once in the regular season and then again in their respective conference tournament.
In the case of the ACC, Boston College was on a roll with 19 wins until stumbling against the Tar Heels. Speaking of deja’ vu, North Carolina did the same thing to the Eagles last year so look for a ‘blood in your eye’ sense of payback on the part of Boston College.
In the Big Ten, Maryland brought home the regular season title while Northwestern played spoiler in the conference tournament.
Big Ten Vs The ACC
Boston College – North Carolina
The Eagles’ all-time leader in goals, draws and points, Sam Apuzzo will join teammates Kenzie Kent and Dempsey Arsenault in leading the assault on North Carolina.
Apuzzo, the reigning Tewaaraton Award winner was the top selection in this year’s Women’s Professional Lacrosse League draft. She is a finalist for this year’s Tewaaraton Award.
Kent played lacrosse and ice hockey for the Eagles. She returned as a graduate student and focused solely on lacrosse this season.
Arsenault was named the conference’s Midfield of the Year netting 57 goals and adding 23 assists for the season. She is also one of this year’s Tewaaraton Award finalists.
For North Carolina you’ll want to watch Jamie Ortega and Katie Hoeg. Both players, like Apuzzo and Kent are among the few 100 point scorers in women’s lacrosse nationwide.
Ortega was named MVP of the ACC tournament after scoring a blistering 19 points.
Hoeg has set the Tar Heel’s assist record and is playing in just her second year.
Maryland – Northwestern
Whichever ACC team advances they’ll be facing a Big Ten team packed with firepower. Maryland and Northwestern can be overwhelming on offense. Either will provide a challenge to the ACC team that meets them in the championship tilt.
Maryland and Northwestern battle it out this evening at 7:00pm ET and the game will also be carried on ESPN3.
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Thus, the Big Ten vs the ACC will be on the marquee for the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The final tilt is Sunday, May 26 at 12:00pm ET with ESPNU providing coverage.