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April 21, 2011
CARY, NC -- Fourth-seeded Boston College defeated fifth-seeded Virginia Tech, 17-3, to open the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Championship Thursday evening at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Eagles set an ACC Tournament record for margin of victory.
Seven Eagles scored in the winning effort, including a game-high five goals by senior midfielder Kristin Igoe. An All-ACC honoree, Igoe scored the last two goals in the first half for Boston College and the first three goals to start the second half.
"We had a really great team effort today," said Boston College coach Bowen Holden. "I'm really proud of the way played. It was our most complete game of the year, from the beginning to the end."
Boston College outscored Virginia Tech 14-1 after the Hokies pulled to 3-2 with 22:06 to go in the first half. Virginia Tech's lone goal during that stretch was by All-ACC senior attacker Allie Emala with 3:32 to play in the first half. After that goal, it was all Boston College. The Eagles scored the last nine goals, including a goal with 15 seconds left in the first half.
"Kristin Igoe was huge for us today," Holden said. "She does whatever we need her to do. She got it done on both ends of the field."
"Obviously I'm disappointed about the outcome for us," Virginia Tech coach Megan Burker said. "I think Boston College played a great game. They really came out to play. Congratulations to them for that effort. We can rebound from this and take it into the future and get better every year from it."
With the win, Boston College improves to 11-5 (1-4 ACC) and advances to Friday's first semifinal game against top-seeded Maryland (15-0, 5-0 ACC). The loss drops the Hokies to 10-8 (1-4 ACC).
The Thursday and Friday games will be video-streamed live on the ACC Network on theACC.com. Any additional women's lacrosse championship information can be found at http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-womens-lacrosse-championship.html.
Sunday's championship game will be televised by Fox Sports.