The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (19-0, 6-0 acc) defeated Boston College (13-7, 4-2 ACC) 3-1 on Sunday to preserve a perfect season and capture the team's third ACC title in a row.
The Tar Heels took the lead in the 12th minute off of a goal from Marrisa Creatore. The senior forward redirected a ball sent by sophomore Erin Matson past the goalkeeper and into the cage.
Boston College evened up the score 30 minutes later. Junior forward Jaime Natale got herself wide open right in front of the cage. She received a great pass from junior Elizabeth Warner and hit a one-timer for the goal.
The game remained tied until a fourth-quarter goal from senior midfielder Yentl Leemans, which gave UNC the lead once again. North Carolina took advantage after a Boston College yellow card gave the team an extra attacker. It would score a goal during that time span. During a penalty corner, Matson delivered a terrific behind-the-back pass to set Leemans up with a golden opportunity that she calmly converted.
The Tar Heels would extend their lead to two when Creatore got her second goal of the game. She stole the ball from a Boston College player and knocked it into the back corner of the cage to seal the win.
The Eagles almost responded with a quick goal on a corner, but the score was immediately waived off by the referee because the ball sailed too high.
UNC held on the rest of the way to seal the victory.