Walpole native Sydney Scales (45) defends against North Carolina’s Jamie Ortega during BC women’s lacrosse’s 16-15 defeat to the Tar Heels on Sunday in Chestnut Hill. Photos by Mike Flanagan
By Mike Flanagan
At Walpole High School, Sydney Scales was known for scoring. A member of the school’s 1000-point club in basketball as well as a star goal scorer in both field hockey and lacrosse, offense has always been a big part of Scales’ game.
Ultimately, the three-sport star ended up earning a scholarship to play lacrosse at Boston College. Since arriving in Chestnut Hill, Scales has transformed her game to become a lockdown defender, and a very good one.
After helping lead BC to their first-ever NCAA national championship last spring as a freshman, Scales and the Eagles entered the 2022 season ranked No. 1 in the country. Following an 8-0 start, the top-ranked Eagles hosted No. 2 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
Scales got the start on defense for BC and was tasked with guarding one of the best scorers in all of college lacrosse: four-time All-American Jamie Ortega. Scales did her part in holding Ortega to just a goal and two assists, tying Ortega’s season-low in total points (3).
The Eagles and Tar Heels went blow-for-blow all afternoon. Despite a late comeback attempt by BC, a 6-0 run by UNC throughout the second and third quarters proved to be the difference, as the Tar Heels came away with a 16-15 victory. Boston College star attacker Charlotte North finished the day with four goals and an assist. Scales finished the day with a shot on goal and also recorded a caused turnover.
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