Heading into its matchup against No. 2 Boston College, the No. 5 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team had enjoyed quite the dominant run through conference play, as UNC had been victorious in 24 of the last 25 ACC games.
The undefeated Eagles, however, broke away from the Tar Heels in the closing minutes of Saturday afternoon's contest, ultimately winning 17-11 in the program’s first win over UNC since 2015.
Boston College (12-0, 3-0 ACC) was the team that struck first by gaining an early 2-0 advantage in the opening minutes of the game, firmly establishing early momentum. UNC (6-3, 1-1 ACC) would promptly respond, though, tying the game with approximately 22 minutes remaining in the first half.
In a constant back-and-forth affair, the Tar Heels would eventually build their largest lead with around eight minutes left, securing a 5-3 edge off of an assisted goal by first-year attacker Jamie Ortega. In those final eight minutes though, the Eagles would score three unanswered goals to recapture a one goal cushion prior to halftime.
This up-and-down pace would continue after halftime in Boston College’s favor, as the Eagles would score four of the first six goals to start the second half. Despite this frenetic opening, UNC would answer back with another run of its own. North Carolina cut the lead down to 11-10 with 13:46 remaining.