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April 28, 2019 — North Carolina 15, Boston College 13

The North Carolina women’s lacrosse team could have fallen back on any number of excuses had it not beaten Boston College in today’s ACC championship.

First, Boston College was the host of this year’s title game, and they have had a number of games in the cavernous space of Alumni Stadium, playing a field six yards shorter than that of BC’s soccer stadium.

Second, Boston College sprinted out to a 5-0 lead in the first half, showing the feared offensive prowess that has made them No. 1 in the national polls this year. The opening run chased UNC starting goalie Taylor Moreno.

Third, UNC replacement goalie Elise Hennessey had lacrosse’s equivalent of an own goal when she fumbled the rebound of a Sam Apuzzo free-position shot into her own cage (the goal was credited to Apuzzo).

But Hennesssey and the UNC defense accepted and offered no excuses, clamping down on the BC offense in two critical stretches to allow Carolina to pull out a 15-13 win, and the fourth consecutive ACC postseason title for the program.

The two critical stretches for UNC’s defense were a 14-minute segment in the first half which allowed UNC to pull all the way back from its early deficit to tie the score 6-6. The second stretch was from the 42nd through the 53rd minute which saw UNC vault to a 14-11 lead.

The result is certain to jumble the top four seeds in next week’s NCAA Tournament bracket, although both are almost certain to be top-four seeds, making them eligible to host quarterfinal round games the weekend before the national semifinals in Baltimore.