posted 04.08.2013 at 12.05 p.m. by Kelly McNelis

Exciting Times at Boston College

Kelly McNelis

"You do want to build momentum and you want to be your best at the end of the year. You want to build toward that and peak at the right time." — John Harbaugh

For the past two weeks the Boston College women's lacrosse team has been working hard preparing to play our last two conference games against ACC foes then-No. 10 Virginia and No. 6 Duke. We knew these games were going to be tough, but also believed all our hard work would pay off in the end.

This season the Virginia game marked our second annual "Red Bandana Game." It's a game where we all wear red bandanas in honor of 1999 Boston College graduate and former men's lacrosse player Welles Crowther.

Welles tragically lost his life in the September 11th terrorist attacks when the South tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Welles was an equities trader and also a trained volunteer firefighter. He is remembered around the world as "The Man in the Red Bandana," because he wore his red bandana, which he always kept with him, to cover his face from the smoke and dust while he led people out of the tower to safety. He ended up saving many lives.

Our team also honors Welles by presenting a teammate who demonstrates the courage and selflessness that Welles had by wearing his Boston College jersey number 19. This year, our senior captain Ali Meagher was given this great honor. More about Welles' story can be found in this great video from ESPN.

The first half of the Virginia game was close with both teams exchanging goals before went up by two at halftime. We came out strong in the second half and pulled ahead to win 10-7. It was a great team win, and a few individuals earned honors afterward. Freshman midfielder Sarah Mannelly earned WomensLax.com rookie of the week and sophomore goalie Emily Mata was named ACC defensive player of the week. This win marked the second time in series history that we beat UVA. BC first defeated UVA on our home turf in 2011.

Coming off of this great win we immediately began to prepare for Duke's visit on Saturday. With no Wednesday game last week, we worked hard every day and used the time to our advantage. BC had never beaten Duke and this year we were determined not to let that happen again. Duke came out with a 3-0 run, but we answered back with a four-goal run, and never gave up our lead. Our determination, teamwork and heart led us to our first ever victory over Duke.

Sophomore Mikaela Rix tallied four goals while Sarah Mannelly tallied three. We had a very strong defensive unit and held Duke to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. This is the first time in program history that we defeated Duke, and the first time in program history Boston College has three wins in the ACC. As the ACC regular season comes to a close this also the first time in program history Boston College is ranked third in the ACC having beaten three ACC teams.

With a season filled with some unexpected losses, these last two weeks have been filled with some great firsts. We seem to be peaking at the right time. We have five regular season games left until the ACC tournament. BC is on the rise and will be working hard to finish our regular season winning so we can carry that success to the ACC tournament and make a bid to the big dance.

Kelly

"You will never win if you never begin" – Robert H. Schuller

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