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May 28, 2021 — The “hot goalie” principle strikes again

A few years ago, this space asked Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) head coach Chris Robinson what it would take to defeat his team, which was in the midst of a national-record 198-game winning streak. His answer: “A team with a hot goalie.”

One of the maxims of this site is that a goaltender in girls’ and women’s lacrosse, expected to be able to save between 45 and 55 percent of opposing shots, can have an outsized impact on tournament games.

Meet Rachel Hall, a junior for Boston College. The junior made 11 stops today in a national semifinal defeat of No. 1 North Carolina. The Heels had been on a 27-game win streak and a loaded roster with two Tewaaraton Trophy nominees and two of the greatest scorers in National Federation history.

But Hall’s sprawling, jumping style of shot-stopping flummoxed the North Carolina attack. The Tar Heels shot only 10 for 35 (29 percent) from the field; take out freshman Caitlyn Wurzburger’s hat trick and the percentage is 7-for-31 (23 percent).

Though Charlotte North commanded the attention of the UNC defense, it was Jenn Medjid who led the Eagles with four goals. Boston College will therefore make it to a fourth straight national title match on Sunday.

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