The No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team has a knack for winning.
For the first nine games of the season, that translated into mostly double-digit victories and uncontested dominance for the Tar Heels.
But on Saturday, North Carolina (10-0, 3-0 ACC ) proved that it can win the close ones too, defeating No. 4 Boston College 14-13 in dramatic fashion with a game-winning goal from sophomore Aly Messinger with 28 seconds left.
“It’s always good to have a close game like that and have it within a goal or two and be able to pull it out,” senior captain Abbey Friend said. “It’s definitely a learning experience for everyone which is a good step for our season.”
Coach Jenny Levy said she thought the Eagles (7-2, 1-2 ACC ) were the toughest team they’ve faced all season.
“They have seven seniors and play with a lot of fire. A lot of confidence,” Levy said.
Friend echoed her coach’s sentiments about the mental battle that Boston College waged.
“They were really feisty,” Friend said. “They definitely wanted to win. I think we were a game that was circled on their calendars.”
Despite the outcome, the feisty Eagles actually out-shot the Tar Heels 31-22 in the game .