The North Carolina women's lacrosse team won its sixth-straight ACC title against Boston College on Saturday, thanks to a comeback effort led by its core of veterans.
The championship game saw top-seeded UNC take on No. 2 Boston College at Dorrance Field in an epic rematch of last year's national semifinals. On Saturday, the Eagles took a two-goal lead going into halftime. UNC went into the locker room with just four goals — its fewest first-half goals this season.
“Our spacing offensively was so bad," head coach Jenny Levy said. "We couldn’t see anything and everyone was just standing around."
That changed in the second half. Coming out of the break, the Tar Heels went on a 10-0 run to pull away from the Eagles.
“Everyone was just feeding off of each other's energy,” fifth-year attacker Jamie Ortega said. “Every possession is going to be different, and everyone just believed in each other.”
Ortega scored the first goal of the second half, crowning her as the ACC's all-time career points leader with 446.
Ortega's goal marked a turning point in the game, in which the veteran leadership of UNC's fifth-years and graduate players took over. This group, composed of ACC All-Tournament Team selections Ortega, graduate goalkeeper Taylor Moreno, graduate midfielder Ally Mastroianni, fifth-year attacker Scottie Rose Growney and fifth-year defender Emma Trenchard came out strong in the second half and never looked back.
“That class has been a spectacular class, and they’ve been surrounded by great teammates all through their five years here,” Levy said.
Ortega finished with four goals and five assists on the night and was named the ACC Tournament MVP for the second time in her career.