Win And Move On! That is the mindset of NCAA Tournament play. Today the Fighrin’ Irish have a match up against an ACC rival Boston College. You can refer to it as “Holy War” of the tournament. This moniker is often used when ND Football plays BC. There is a lot at stake in this match up. A trip to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Final Four. In order to that, the Fightin’ Irish will have to the “right the wrongs’ of the past season. BC won both matchups this spring.
This team has swagger! Whether it’s the on field play or the post goal celebrations this team has the right stuff. That right stuff is chemistry. From the time this team took the field in 2020 (shortened season) till now, this team has a cohesiveness that is very special. One thing for sure is that this team does not panic when faced with adversity. In this case, adversity can work in the teams favor. With a 11-6 record overall, 5-5 in the ACC, Boston College beat this team twice. On April 15th they lost to BC 19-11, and two days later they lost to BC again 18-12. Since then the Fightin’ Irish are 5-1. Their only coming against the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament.
When a loss to a team like BC occurs you can learn from it. You can be sure that they studied the film and they have a plan on how to beat BC. This team has got what it takes to have a special season. The ability to harness that energy was discussed with Coach Halfpenny earlier this week. The Interview can be seen here. We asked Coach Halfpenny “It’s special when you really Senior laden team, but the Sophomores say, we are here to do this now and we are not waiting till our Senior year. We have the same urgency the Graduates and Seniors have and it’s special.”
The entire roster is special and too many to mention. Kasey Choma, Madison Mote, Madison Ahern, Andie Aldave, Maddie Howe, Alison Harbaugh, Jackie Wolak, Katie Enrietto, Keelin Schlagater, Savannah Buchanan, Hannah Dorney, and last but not least Bridget Deehan, the “Brickwall” between the pipes.
The right to advance to the NCAAA Women’s NCAA Final Four goes through BC. The game can be seen on ESPN 3 or through this link at 3 PM EST.
Cheers and Go Irish! ☘🥍🌩