As a program, Boston College hasn't recorded a losing season since 2007 under then-head coach Bowen Holden. This wasn't a bad program by any means, rather one that hadn't reached its fullest potential.
So when Acacia Walker-Weinstein took over in 2013, there was a strong foundation to build upon. Perhaps a sleeping giant of sorts in Chestnut Hill, Mass., that could announce itself to the college lacrosse world if the right knobs were twisted and the correct levers were pulled.
The Eagles, over the last several years, have done exactly that. Taking a step back after Sunday's 12-10 loss in the national title against Maryland – BC's third consecutive such outcome at that stage – is difficult in sad times, but also necessary. There is no championship trophy returning to The Heights, and that certainly stings.