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May 22, 2019 — Inside the Final Four, part 1

NORTH CAROLINA vs. BOSTON COLLEGE

The obvious: An ACC team is guaranteed to play for the national title this Sunday … in most other years, this game would make a heck of a final … teams met only a few weeks ago in the ACC final and top-seeded Boston College was knocked off 15-13

The not-so-obvious: The Eagles have been peaking for this moment since losing the 2017 title match to Maryland … UNC has done extremely well on the attack end even with the graduation of all-time great Marie McCool.

Key players: UNC: Jamie Ortega, so, f; Katie Hoeg, jr., m; Gianna Bowe, sr., m. BC: Kenzie Kent, sr., f; Dempsey Arsenault, sr., m; Sam Apuzzo, sr., f.

UNC wins this game if: Ally Mastroianni comes up trumps in the draw circle … the UNC defense doesn’t get anyone sent off … we don’t see backup goalie Elise Hennessey

BC wins this game if: Elizabeth Miller and Apuzzo are able to get more than 50 percent of draw controls … someone other than Apuzzo causes the most turnovers during the contest … the Eagles value the ball in the final third.

The skinny: Boston College, who was the heavy odds-on favorite heading into the 2019 season, cannot be happy seeded only third in the Division I bracket, and as such, they should be coming in angry … Though Taylor Moreno is the Heels’ starting goalie, Hennessey has an otherworldly save percentage of 58.2 percent, and she has played some pretty significant minutes this season … Kenzie Kent was the “it” woman coming out of the 2017 season, but it’s Apuzzo and Arsenault who are in the Teewaraton final five.

The unanswered question: Who can get that late stop on the other team’s attack? Alternatively, are we going to have one of those run-and-gun games with more than 30 goals on the scoreboard?