B.C.’s Smith and Schleicher claim weekly women’s lacrosse honors
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – Boston College sophomore midfielder Belle Smith was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate junior defenseman Hollie Schleicher was named Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday as the conference announced its final weekly women’s lacrosse honors for the 2022 season.
Smith was also selected as one of this week’s IWLCA National Players of the Week.
Smith put in a stellar performance in the 15-13 win over No. 4 Syracuse in a rematch of last season’s National Championship game, tying a career high with a record five goals on Friday. A native of Westhampton Beach, New York, Smith also tied a team record with two ground balls and a turnover caused in the victory. It was the third time this season that the sophomore had totaled five scores. His goal with three seconds left in the first half broke a 6-6 tie, which became the winning goal as BC led for the rest of the game.
Schleicher led a solid Boston College defensive effort in limiting No. 4 Syracuse to below their season average in goals. The Sag Harbor, New York native tied a team better with two grounded balls while totaling four draft checks and a turnover caused.
Six ACC teams are ranked in the latest IL Women/IWLCA poll, the most of any league, including the top three spots. Undefeated North Carolina leads the poll at No. 1 and is followed by Boston College (2), Syracuse (3), Duke (7), Virginia (16) and Notre Dame (20). The ACC has the most teams in the poll of any conference.
The 2022 ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship begins Wednesday at Arlotta Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. Wednesday’s first round will feature No. 8 seed Pitt taking on No. 9 seed Louisville at 2 p.m. The quarter-finals begin Friday with four matchups. No. 1 seed North Carolina opens the day at noon against winner Pitt-Louisville. The No. 4 seed Duke takes on the host, the No. 5 seed Notre Dame, around 2:30 p.m. The No. 2 seed Boston College and the No. 7 seed Virginia Tech are expected to face off at 5 p.m., while Syracuse takes on No. 6 seed Virginia in the last drink scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The semi-finals are on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The championship match will be played on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m., with the highest remaining seed hosting the contest. All eight tournament games will be televised on ACC Network.
2022 ACC Offensive Players of the Week
February 15 – Charlotte North, Gr., A, Boston College; Katie DeSimone, So., A, Duke
February 22 – Charlotte North, Gr., A, Boston College
March 1 – Charlotte North, Gr., A, Boston College; Emma Tyrrell, Jr., M, Syracuse
March 8 – Sam Geiersbach, Gr., A, North Carolina
March 15 – Charlotte North, Gr., A, Boston College; Olivia Vergano, Fr., M, Virginia Tech
March 22 – Maddie Howe, Gr., A, Notre Dame
March 29 – Catriona Barry, Gr., A, Duke; Jamie Ortega, Sr., A, North Carolina
April 5 – Charlotte North, Gr., A, Boston College
April 12 – Jamie Ortega, Sr., A, North Carolina; Paige Petty, Gr., A, Pitt
April 19 – Emily Hawryschuk, Gr., A, Syracuse
April 26 – Belle Smith, So., M, Boston College
2022 ACC Defensive Players of the Week
February 15 – Rachel Hall, Sr., G, Boston College
Feb. 22 – Taylor Moreno, Gr., G, North Carolina
March 1 – Courtney Taylor, Gr., D, Boston College
March 8 – Bridget Deehan, Gr., G, Notre Dame
March 15 – Sydney Scales, So., D, Boston College; Sarah Cooper, Sr., D, Syracuse
March 22 – Taylor Moreno, Gr., G, North Carolina
March 29 – Sophia LeRose, Sr., G, Duke; Emily Nalls, Jr., D, North Carolina
April 5 – Taylor Moreno, Gr., G, North Carolina
April 12 – Paulina DiFatta, Gr., G, Pitt
April 19 – Maddie Johnston, Jr., D, Duke; Kate Mashewske, Jr., M, Syracuse
April 26 – Hollie Schleicher, Jr., D, Boston College