As the Boston College women’s lacrosse team’s season progressed this spring, so did the chemistry between its offensive players. That camaraderie helped midfielder Dempsey Arsenault register 32 points over the Eagles’ final five regular-season games and run to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in April.
The senior from New Hampton recorded 23 goals and nine assists in April, tallying at least three points in seven of Boston College’s eight games that month. Those numbers earned Arsenault the April Apple Therapy Services/Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center/Express MED Athlete of the Month Award, as selected by the New Hampshire Union Leader Board of Judges.
“As we got further along, we got more zoned in on doing everything we can to put our best product on the field,” Arsenault said of the Eagles’ offense. “We started clicking and working well together.”
Arsenault, who was a finalist for this year’s Tewaaraton Award, which is given annually to the best college lacrosse player in the nation, notched 20 points (18 goals, two assists) over BC’s last five regular-season games to help the team enter the ACC tournament with a 17-0 record.
The ACC Midfielder of the Year capped her regular-season campaign by tying her single-game season-high of seven points (six goals, one assist) in the Eagles’ 19-6 win over Louisville on April 20. Four days later, Arsenault contributed a month-high four assists as Boston College defeated Louisville again, 15-4, in the first round of the ACC tournament.
BC’s conference semifinal win over Syracuse on April 26 was a little more theatrical than its first-round victory.
With heavy rain coming down in Chestnut Hill, Mass., the Orange had a 13-10 lead with 8:10 remaining before the Eagles scored the game’s final four goals to earn the comeback win and a spot in the conference final. Arsenault assisted on classmate Taylor Walker’s game-winning goal that came with 14.3 seconds left. Walker took an entry pass from Arsenault, who finished with five points (three goals, two assists), and beat Syracuse goalie Asa Goldstock with a backhanded flip.
“I get chills thinking about it,” Arsenault said of Walker’s game-winner. “There was no time on the clock left. I sent it to her and trusted her to do the rest. I almost set her up for failure because it was kind of a bad pass but she handled it.”
The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season on April 28, when they fell, 15-13, to North Carolina in the ACC championship game. Arsenault, a New Hampton School graduate, contributed two goals and an assist in the setback and was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
The loss to the Tar Heels served as motivation for Boston College as it prepared for the NCAA Tournament in May.
“I think we were all really hungry,” Arsenault said. “We didn’t want to feel that feeling we felt after the ACC tournament. The mindset after we lost the ACC tournament was we still had more time to be together, to play together and we were not wanting that feeling again.
“It fired us up.”
After their first-round bye, the Eagles began their NCAA tournament run with a 21-9 second-round win over Colorado and followed up with a 17-12 quarterfinal triumph over Princeton. BC got its revenge on the Tar Heels in the semifinals, earning a 15-14 double-overtime win over the ACC champions to advance to its third straight national title game.
Arsenault had a hat trick in the semifinal win. Her third tally tied the game at 13-13 with 3:07 left in regulation. Classmate and fellow Tewaaraton Award finalist Sam Apuzzo scored the game-winning goal with 4:48 left in the second overtime frame.
“Every time we play (North) Carolina, it’s such a good game and super intense,” Arsenault said. “We knew it was going to be a battle. Double overtime — it was crazy. There’s no other way to describe it.”
Arsenault capped her Eagles career by tallying a goal and an assist in their 12-10 loss to Maryland in the national championship game last Sunday in Baltimore. Arsenault, Apuzzo and graduate student Kenzie Kent were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Eagles fell to Maryland in their first ever trip to the national title game in 2017 and finished runner-up to James Madison last year.
Arsenault logged 92 points (65 goals, 27 assists), 100 draw controls and a team-high 44 ground balls her senior year. She graduated with the second-most draw controls (283), third-most ground balls (164) and No. 8 all-time in points in program history with 215 (142 goals, 73 assists).
“Obviously, we didn’t do what we wanted to but to get back to the championship game was very special,” Arsenault said. “It says a lot about our team, our coaching staff, our culture. We really are a family and it showed on the field. That’s why we got there the last three years.”
Other athletes considered for the April award were Pinkerton Academy of Derry girls’ lacrosse player Lauren Lisauskas, Southern New Hampshire University women’s lacrosse player Lexi Felt, Saint Anselm College softball player Shannon Colson, University of Massachusetts softball player Kaycee Carbone, Exeter High School softball player Sam Wiberg, Boston College baseball player Cody Morissette and Keene State College track and field athlete Jared Hannon.
Lisauskas, a junior attacker committed to Georgetown, recorded 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) over Pinkerton’s 6-1 start to the season. Felt, a senior from Manchester, registered 29 points (22 goals, seven assists) over SNHU’s 3-5 end to the season.
Colson, a junior from Rochester, batted .362 (25-for-69) with 18 runs scored, 16 stolen bases, four RBIs and four walks and struck out just once over a 20-1 April campaign for Saint Anselm. Carbone, a senior from Hudson, batted .413 (19-for-46) with nine RBIs, four runs scored, 10 walks and one stolen base over a 10-5 April for UMass. Wiberg, a junior, went 5-1 and recorded a 1.24 ERA over 45 innings pitched and batted .440 (11-for-25) with a home run, 10 RBIs, 10 runs scored and four walks over Exeter’s 6-1 start to the spring.
Morissette, a freshman from Exeter, batted .289 (22-for-76) with 15 RBIs, three runs scored, eight walks and one stolen base over Boston College’s 9-11 April campaign.
Hannon, a senior from Pelham, won the long jump at the Little East Conference Championships with a school-record mark of 7.14 meters, won the same event at the Jim Sheehan Invitational and was part of two first-place relay teams in April.
Previous 2019 winners: January, Mike Robinson, Bedford (hockey); February, Brooke Kane, Derry (basketball); March, Cody Ball, Londonderry (basketball).
To submit a nomination for future Athlete of the Month consideration, email the Union Leader Sports Department at email@example.com and enter “Athlete of the Month” in the subject line.
Athlete of the Month recipients are honored at the annual Leaders: A Celebration of Sports Champions event held in February.