Previewing 2018 Lacrosse: Yale

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No. 2 Boston College lacrosse (10-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) matches up against Yale (6-1, 2-0 Ivy League) on Tuesday afternoon down in New Haven, Conn. The Bulldogs are enjoying their best start to a season in 16 years after pulling out a 19-17 win over Brown this past weekend. Similarly, the Eagles—three days removed from their first win in Louisville in program history—are off to one of their best starts, not just in the past decade and a half, but of all-time. BC will look to extend its 10-game win streak against the Bulldogs, inching one step closer to dethroning Stony Brook as the No. 1 team in the country.

Who is BC playing?

Yale

When is BC playing?

Tuesday, March 20, 1 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Reese Stadium, New Haven, Conn.

How to Watch:

The game will be broadcasted on the Ivy League Network.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) The Eagles, notching their 10th win of the season on Saturday against Louisville, tied the longest win streak in program history. The previous streak came in 2015 when BC also opened that season winning 10-consecutive games.

2) Junior midfielder Dempsey Arsenault set the new single-game program record after recording 12 draw control wins last time out against the Cardinals, while junior goalkeeper Lauren Daly logged a career-high 11 saves.

3) BC went a perfect 4-of-4 on free-position shots on Saturday, and won a total of 21 draw controls, 12 more than Louisville.

Yale:

1) The 19 goals Yale scored in its last outing against Brown was its largest scoring output since February 2017.

2) The Bulldogs are averaging a shooting percentage of just 40 percent this year on 35 shots per game.

3) While suffering its last loss up at Canisius, Yale conceded a sizeable 27 turnovers.  

Last Meeting:

At the end of March last year, the Eagles were the ones who instead appreciated home field advantage, as they outlasted the Bulldogs by 19-12 at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field. Yale was the first to get on the board, less than two minutes into the game. BC, however, responded feverishly, rattling off three goals of its own in the ensuing 47 seconds. But, the Eagles failed to sustain this momentum prior to the break, allowing four Bulldogs goals in the final 15 minutes of the half. Yale, initially, managed to capitalize on BC’s uncharacteristic lapse in concentration at the start of the second half, drawing within one with just 16 minutes remaining in regulation. The Bulldogs’ tear proved to be short-lived when Laura Frankenfield ignited a 6-0 BC run to up the Eagles’ lead to seven, at which point the game saw the teams exchange three goals each as it came to a close.

BC wins if…

It can limit its turnovers and possess the ball for large periods of the game. While they haven’t lost yet, the Eagles have often been haunted by turnovers. If BC is to fall on Tuesday it will most likely be of its own doing, so it must remain disciplined in order to preserve its perfect season.

BC loses if…

It struggles to nullify the threat that Bulldogs’ junior Izzy Nixon poses on the attack, as well as her considerable influence on defense. Against Brown last Saturday, Nixon lead her team in both goals with five and draw controls with 12, a new personal best for the Greenwich, Conn. native. If BC’s defense fails to pay extremely close attention to the former high school All-American, particularly on the edge where she can best utilize her dodge move, it could find itself on the wrong end of the scoresheet.

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