In the closest of competitions, it was only fitting that the Syracuse Orange and Boston College Eagles would take the deciding matchup of The Orange Eagle Trophy into sudden death overtime. Throughout the 2014-2015 competition, Syracuse and BC matched punch with counterpunch, and on a mild Thursday evening in Charlottesville, their nationally-ranked women's lacrosse teams battled it out in an extremely close and entertaining contest. As with the athletic programs themselves, there was nothing separating these two proud lacrosse teams as they looked to break a 13-13 deadlock and put their school in position to win the coveted "Badass Bird of Prey".
BC had their chances in OT, but ultimately SU's leader and Tewaaraton Award finalist Kayla Treanor scored the vital goal to earn The Orange a 14-13 victory, a birth in the ACC semifinals, and most importantly a commanding Orange Eagle lead. To recap the contest, we take you to the highlights of the live twitter feed between BC Interruption and TNIAAM, beginning with the pre-game trash-talk:
BENGHAZI O S T O N C O L L E G E "WAKE UP, SHEEPLE" #OrangeEagle— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) April 23, 2015
Game On, and SU starts hot, racing to a quick 5-0 lead
Syracuse looks unstoppable. That means doom is right around the corner #OrangeEagle— NunesSwordsman (@NunesSwordsman) April 23, 2015
Call timeout or something pour whiskey Do good lacrosse things #OrangeEagle— BC Interruption (@bcinterruption) April 23, 2015
But BC does score, and goes on a 4-1 run nearing the end of the first half
With SU up 8-5 at the half and seemingly in control, we ponder the mysteries of women's lacrosse...
Why do players throw down their stick in disgust every time they score a goal? Is this their version of a TD dance / bat flip? #OrangeEagle— Brian Favat (@bfavat) April 23, 2015
But then, out of nowhere, BC's Kenzie Kent goes on a rampage and the Eagles erase their deficit within minutes of the second half.
KENZIE KENTTTTTTTT THO #OrangeEagle— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) April 23, 2015
Is it me, or is it getting hot in here? #OrangeEagle— NunesSwordsman (@NunesSwordsman) April 24, 2015
The Orange respond, but sweet mercy, Kenzie Kent simply will not be denied!
Yo Kenzie Kent going ham rn #OrangeEagle— Grant Salzano (@Salzano14) April 24, 2015
Kan someone keep Kenzie Kent kontained??? #OrangeEagle— NunesSwordsman (@NunesSwordsman) April 24, 2015
Marry me Kenzie Kent. #OrangeEagle— Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) April 24, 2015
Kent's heroics tied the the game at the end of regulation...sending a tied game AND competition into sudden death overtime! TNIAAM and BC Interruption could hardly take the pressure:
Never thought the #OrangeEagle would attempt to kill me. And yet... here we are.— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) April 24, 2015
Through the first two halves of overtime, BC won draw control and decided to
speed up the tempo and take it to the Orange break out the dreaded stall tactic:
And now we kill 2:30 of game clock. #OrangeEagle— Dan Rubin (@DanRubin12) April 24, 2015
If this game doesn't move someone to fix the rules of this sport, I don't know what will. #OrangeEagle— John Cassillo (@JohnCassillo) April 24, 2015
Yet the Eagles could not score! Instead, the match went to a third frame of OT, when SU's Kayla Treanor decided enough was enough and went five-hole to win the game for the Orange...sending TNIAAM into raptures, and BC Interruption to the liquor cabinet.
Indeed, SU captured the crucial six Orange Eagle points, but it was clear that all sides had left it all on the field of battle...
Three days later, the Orange poured salt into the wounds of the Eagles by grabbing six additional Orange Eagle bonus points, with Kayla Treanor once again scoring an overtime goal to win the ACC Championship and widen the Orange lead to a seemingly insurmountable 63-51. But there is hope for BC, although it will require a historic run and some luck. Specifically, the Eagles are eligible to capture 16 more points should they win the women's national title AND defeat Syracuse along the way. I would actually put good money on the latter possibly happening, and BC's quality is there to make it to the Final Four or beyond. It ain't over until it's over, and until it's over, TNIAAM and BC Interruption will be all over the action until it is definitively over. Stay tuned as the tournament progresses and we finally crown the 2014-2015 winner of The Internet's Premier Collegiate Trophy Competition!