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.
Boston College would conclude this game of runs with the biggest one of the game — by completing six straight unanswered goals, to finally keep the game out of reach for good.
Boston College junior attacker Sam Apuzzo was the standout, making big play after big play in the offensive front. Apuzzo winded up with four goals and five assists, including the two of the final three goals in the first half that would give Boston College the lead for the rest of the game.
Junior midfielder Dempsey Arsenault was also a force to be reckoned with for the Eagles, concretely making her presence felt from both sides of the field. She would end with a pair of goals and three assists.
“Credit BC and specifically the play of Apuzzo and Arsenault, who really impacted the game all over the field,” head coach Jenny Levy said.