Women's Lacrosse: New Hampton's Arsenault does it all for No. 2 EaglesBy MICHAEL ABELSON
Special to the Union Leader
April 15. 2018 3:57AM
Dempsey Arsenault's talent on a lacrosse field knows no bounds.
The New Hampton product has done a little of everything in her time at Boston College and continues to improve each and every day.
In her first two years at The Heights, Arsenault was a defensive specialist. Her 48 ground balls last year led the team to the national championship game.
Now, as a junior, Arsenault has transitioned into a two-way threat with 48 goals and 21 assists after undefeated second-ranked Eagles (16-0) topped Virginia Tech 9-7 on Saturday. In her first two seasons Arsenault had a total of 23 points. On Wednesday against Dartmouth, Arsenault scored four goals to carry BC past a game Big Green squad.
"I would say my teammates have been really supportive, and we have a lot of connections," Arsenault said. "We work well together. Playing together has helped me make my way in. Working as a team has helped me get comfortable in the offensive end."
Considering that Arsenault tore her ACL during her senior year at New Hampton Prep, it's all the more remarkable that she has been a serious contributor all three years in Chestnut Hill.
Boston College coach Acacia Walker-Weinstein spoke glowingly of Arsenault's athleticism, calling her the best athlete in the country.
"She's the fastest kid on the team," Walker-Weinstein said. "She has the best shooting. She's one of our best one-v-one defenders. She leads the team in ground balls. She's second on the team in draw controls. She's just a freak athlete."
Playing on a team as talented as the Eagles has pushed Arsenault to get better every day on both ends of the field. She has registered five or more points in nine of BC's 15 games this season. She's picked up six or more draw controls six times and has scooped at least one ground ball in all but two games this season.
Many of the key players from last year's fun to the title game returned this year, and Arsenault said playing against such tough competition in practice makes her, and the team, better in game action. The talent around her includes junior Sam Apuzzo, who is already in the top five on BC's career scoring list with more than 200 points.
"They raise the level all around," Arsenault said. "Playing with such good players inspires me to play better. Practices are really intense. Playing with them is awesome."
During her time at New Hampton Arsenault was a two-time All-American and a two-time captain. She was also a talented field hockey player, twice being named to the all-state team.
Now, with the ACC, and NCAA, tournament looming, Arsenault and the Eagles find themselves with a shot at closing the show this year and claiming the program's first national title in its history.
"I think they have a lot of experience from last year," Walker-Weinstein said. "I think they're hungry because we didn't get what we wanted last year. We came close, and I think everybody but the people on our team are happy with that. We're not. We are back with a lot of experience, but we have different challenges this year. There's a lot of really good teams out there. We'll see how it goes."