No. 3 North Carolina (8-2, 1-1 ACC) suffered a 14-8 setback at home against No. 1 Boston College (11-0, 2-0 ACC) in a heavyweight matchup between two teams ranked in the top three nationally in scoring margin.
North Carolina started the scoring early when Jamie Ortega caught a Kara Klages assist and put it in the back of the net less than two minutes into the game. Boston College’s No. 2 ranked offensive engine kicked in soon after, however, and sent the Eagle’s on a 5-0 run. With 11:42 to play, Ortega scored her second goal of the game off an assist by Katie Hoeg to cut the streak off, and was followed by an unassisted goal from Marisa DiVietro who cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Tar Heels continued this pattern — allowing the Eagles offense to surge while scoring just often enough to keep the game within reach — as they trailed 8-5 at half time.
Boston College started the second half with three straight goals before Taylor McDaniels got UNC back on the board with her second goal of the game. McDaniels’ goal seemed to wake up the Tar Heel offense, whose neater passing game generated an increase in possession time and looks at the goal.
This started a 3-0 run for UNC after a goal by Gianna Bowe and another goal by Ortega brought UNC within three.
Boston College had a response on offense though, extending its lead to six with a three-goal run of its own. The Eagles held the ball for the closing seconds as they earned a 14-8 win and handed UNC its first ACC loss since March 24, 2019 — also a loss to BC.
Who stood out?
Ortega scored the first goal of the game, and when Boston College scored five unanswered goals in the first half, it was Ortega who ended UNC’s 16:40 scoring drought to cut the deficit to three. Her three goals and one assist extended her team-leading scoring campaign to 39 goals.