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Boston College beats Syracuse to win the 2021 DI women's lacrosse championship

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Final minute and celebration from Boston College's 2021 women's lacrosse title
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6:04 pm, May 30, 2021

Boston College beats Syracuse to win the 2021 national title

Boston College women's lacrosse won the 2021 title

This time, Boston College wouldn't be denied one step short.

After losing in the national championship three consecutive seasons, No. 4 BC won its first national championship by defeating No. 3 Syracuse, 16-10, Monday in Towson, Maryland.

The Eagles (18-3) fell in the final 2017 through 2019, but this time BC finished the run with the title trophy.

Charlotte North led BC with six goals, setting a single-season goals record with 101 — and later got 102. But she didn't do it alone. Jenn Medjid, Belle Smith, Courtney Weeks and Cara Urbank all scored two goals, while Caitlynn Mossman had four assists and Rachel Hall made nine saves.

BC led 9-8 at the half and held Syracuse without a second-half goal for more than 12 minutes. After Syracuse did finally break through, North scored No. 101 about one minute later.

NCAA.com The DI women's lacrosse bracket.
5:49 pm, May 30, 2021

BC's Charlotte North breaks single-season goals record

Charlotte North stands above everyone else.

The BC leader set the NCAA DI single-season goals record when her fifth goal of the title game pushed her to 101 for the season. That moved her in front of the previous record holder, Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy in 2016.

North's historic goal made it 13-9 Eagles.

Here's what the single-season list looked like going into this year:

DI women's lacrosse goals
5:34 pm, May 30, 2021

North ties record to help Boston College near title

Boston College leads Syracuse 12-9 with 17:44 remaining in the game.

It took Syracuse more than 12 minutes to get on board in the second half. By that point, BC stretched its one-goal halftime lead to four and star Charlotte North tied the NCAA DI record for goals in a season (100).

Caitlynn Mossman has also come through for BC, totaling one goal and four assists.

5:04 pm, May 30, 2021

Boston College leads 9-8 at the half as North nears goals record

Boston College is nearing its first national title, though Syracuse isn't far behind as BC leads 9-8 at the half.

Eagles star Charlotte North had three goals in the first half, leaving her one shy of tying the NCAA DI record for goals in a season (Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy had 100 in 2016).

BC led 3-1 but then didn't score for 12:20, allowing Syracuse to move out in front. But the Eagles' 3-for-3 start on woman-up chances helped push it into the lead into the break.

Emma Ward and Sam Swart both scored twice for Syracuse in the first half. Asa Goldstock also became Syracuse's all-time saves leader, reaching 661 in her career.

9:10 pm, May 4, 2021

Championship history

YEAR CHAMPION COACH SCORE RUNNER-UP SITE
2019 Maryland Cathy Reese 12-10 Boston College Baltimore, Md.
2018 James Madison Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe 16-15 Boston College Stony Brook, N.Y. 
2017 Maryland Cathy Reese 16-13 Boston College Foxborough, Mass. 
2016 North Carolina Jenny Levy 13-7 Maryland Chester, Pa.
2015 Maryland Cathy Reese 9-8 North Carolina Chester, Pa.
2014 Maryland Cathy Reese 15-12 Syracuse Towson, Md.
2013 North Carolina Jenny Levy 13-12 (3OT) Maryland Villanova
2012 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 8-6 Syracuse Stony Brook
2011 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 8-7 Maryland Stony Brook
2010 Maryland Cathy Reese 13-11 Northwestern Towson
2009 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-7 North Carolina Towson
2008 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 10-6 Penn Towson
2007 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 15-13 Virginia Penn
2006 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 7-4 Dartmouth Boston University
2005 Northwestern Kelly Amonte Hiller 13-10 Virginia Navy
2004 Virginia Julie Myres 10-4 Princeton Princeton
2003 Princeton Chris Sailer 8-7 (OT) Virginia Syracuse
2002 Princeton Chris Sailer 12-7 Georgetown Loyola (Md.)
2001 Maryland Cindy Timchal 14-13 (OT) Georgetown Johns Hopkins
2000 Maryland Cindy Timchal 16-8 Princeton TCNJ
1999 Maryland Cindy Timchal 16-6 Virginia Johns Hopkins
1998 Maryland Cindy Timchal 11-5 Virginia UMBC
1997 Maryland Cindy Timchal 8-7 Loyola (Md.) Lehigh
1996 Maryland Cindy Timchal 10-5 Virginia Lehigh
1995 Maryland Cindy Timchal 13-5 Princeton TCNJ
1994 Princeton Chris Sailer 10-7 Maryland Maryland
1993 Virginia Jane Miller 8-6 (OT) Princeton Maryland
1992 Maryland Cindy Timchal 11-10 (OT) Havard Lehigh
1991 Virginia Jane Miller 8-6 Maryland TCNJ
1990 Harvard Carole Kleinfelder 8-7 Maryland Princeton
1989 Penn State Susan Scheetz 7-6 Harvard West Chester
1988 Temple Tina Sloan Green 15-7 Penn State Haverford
1987 Penn State Susan Scheetz 7-6 Temple Maryland
1986 Maryland Sue Tyler 11-10 Penn State Maryland
1985 New Hampshire Marisa Didio 6-5 Maryland Penn
1984 Temple Tina Sloan Green 6-4 Maryland Boston University
1983 Delaware Janet Smith 10-7 Temple Penn
1982 Massachusetts Pamela Hixon 9-6 TCNJ TCNJ

Note: Before 2001, this championship was a national collegiate championship.

4:26 pm, May 30, 2021

Woman-up chances lift BC to small lead in first half

Boston College is now 3-for-3 on woman-up chances, giving BC a 5-4 edge with about 10 minutes to play in the first half.

The second woman-up goal ended a 12:20 scoring drought, as Jenn Medjid tied the game at 4. But BC then scored again 1:14 later on another woman-up tally, this one from Belle Smith.

4:18 pm, May 30, 2021

Follow live: Syracuse vs. Boston College for the national title

Boston College and Syracuse are playing now on ESPNU, looking to make history and win their first national title.

You can click or tap here to follow along with live stats and play-by-play.

BC and Syracuse have finished runner-up in a combined five of the last eight national championships.

This also the fourth meeting between the two this season, with Syracuse taking two of the three games (L 14-13, W 16-7, W 19-17).

3:39 pm, May 30, 2021

National championship: No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 4 Boston College

Boston College Athletics Boston College is making its fourth consecutive national championship appearance.

For the fourth season in a row, Boston College is a finalist in the NCAA DI Women's Lacrosse Championship bracket, although the Eagles are seeking a national title after three consecutive national runner-up finishes. Across from them is fellow ACC foe Syracuse, which beat Boston College twice in three matchups this season. The Orange finished as the national runner-up in 2011 and 2014.

The national championship airs at 12 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN.

Click or tap here to view the year-by-year history of the DI women's lacrosse championship.

Here's a look at the updated bracket.

2021 DI women's lacrosse bracket

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2:30 pm, May 30, 2021

The 2021 DI women's lacrosse national championship is set

Boston College lacrosse

A first-time DI women's lacrosse champion will be crowned later today. No. 3 Syracuse faces No. 4 Boston College in the 2021 title game at 12 p.m. ET.

This is the Eagles' fourth straight appearance in the national championship and are looking for a different outcome after losing the previous three times. The Orange make their third title game appearance in school history, previously falling in the 2011 and 2014 finals. Syracuse took two out of the three head-to-head meetings with BC this season, most recently winning a 19-17 thriller in the ACC tournament semifinals.

Here's a look at the updated bracket.

2021 DI women's lacrosse bracket

Click or tap here to view the interactive bracket. 

9:35 pm, May 28, 2021

FINAL: Syracuse 21, Northwestern 13

Syracuse Athletics Syracuse women's lacrosse

No. 3 Syracuse topped No. 2 Northwestern, 21-13, on Friday in the second national semifinal of the 2021 DI women's lacrosse championship. The Orange dominated the first 30 minutes of play. But the Wildcats responded early in the second half.

Just as Northwestern was mounting a comeback, Syracuse threw the knockout punch. The Orange scored three goals in 64 seconds to turn a shrinking 15-12 lead into an 18-12 advantage. Prior that point, the Wildcats had scored the last four goals seemingly had all the momentum.

Syracuse will now face Boston College in the national championship. That game is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 30. 

Below are the box scores for each team.

Syracuse

Syracuse box score (final)

Northwestern

Northwestern box score (final)

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9:11 pm, May 28, 2021

Northwestern draws closer with back-to-back goals from Jane Hansen

The Wildcats, who trailed 10-4 at the break, have cut the Orange's lead in half. Northwestern has outscored Syracuse 8-5 in the second half, and trails 15-12 with 6:35 to play.

Jane Hansen scored two goals in less than two minutes to help the Wildcats draw closer.

8:15 pm, May 28, 2021

HALF: Syracuse 10, Northwestern 4

Northwestern scored just 53 seconds into the game. But it was all Syracuse from that point on.

The Orange scored the next five goals, and would add five more before the first half ended. Syracuse led by as many as eight. However, the Wildcats chipped into their lead and scored twice in the last four minutes. 

Emma Ward was one of four Orange players that recorded two goals in the first half.

Below is the complete box score from the first half.

Syracuse

Syracuse box score (first half)

Northwestern

Northwestern box score

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6:18 pm, May 28, 2021

FINAL: Boston College 11, North Carolina 10

Boston College Athletics Boston College women's lacrosse

No. 4 Boston College held off No. 1 North Carolina, 11-10, on Friday in the first national semifinal for DI women's lacrosse. The Tar Heels scored the last four goals of the game, but it wasn't enough. 

Boston College's Jenn Medjid led all scorers with four goals on six shots. Katie Hoeg and Caitlyn Wurzburger each had three goals for North Carolina.

With the victory, the Eagles advance to the national championship. It's their fourth straight appearance in the title game. They'll face the winner of the second semifinal between No. 2 Northwestern and No. 3 Syracuse.

Below are the final stats for each team.

Boston College

Boston College box score (final)

North Carolina

North Carolina box score (final)

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5:45 pm, May 28, 2021

Boston College goalie Rachel Hall makes a clutch save

With just over 20 minutes to play, North Carolina's Scottie Rose Growney had a point-blank look at the Boston College net. She fired a shot on goal, but Rachel Hall deflected it and made her biggest save of the game. Hall currently has seven and the Eagles lead 11-6 with 13:35 left.

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5:13 pm, May 28, 2021

HALF: Boston College 8, North Carolina 5

The Eagles have an 8-5 edge over the Tar Heels at halftime. Boston College's Jenn Medjid leads all scorers with three goals on three shots. She's one of six Eagles that have found the back of the net.

North Carolina's five goals came from five different players. The Tar Heels led 4-2 at the 18:18 mark of the first half. But Boston College scored four goals in just over four minutes to grab a 6-4 advantage with 8:15 to play. 

Below is the complete box score from the first half.

Boston College

Boston College box score (first half)

North Carolina 

North Carolina box score (first half)

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