The No. 6 North Carolina women's lacrosse team (14-4, 7-2) fell to the No. 4 Boston College Eagles during the ACC Championship game at the American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte on Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels came out strong with a quick 2-0 lead in the first quarter, with both goals coming from junior Alyssa Long. This momentum carried them, as they racked the scoreboard up to 4-1 with less than 3 minutes in the first quarter.
This is when Boston College's Mckenna Davis came fighting. Her grit showed as she maneuvered through the arc, finishing with a left-hand shot to cut the lead to two. Yet, first-year Caroline Godine fired right back. Weaving through a double-team defensive move, Godine pivoted around the cage to make a brilliant pass to Melissa Sconone. Sconone's powerful bounce finish brought the Tar Heels to a 5-2 lead, leaving the first quarter.
Things did not slow down here. The Heels continued their run into the second quarter, ending with a 7-4 lead. Senior Olivia Dirks and Sconone each got their second goal of the game, despite the Boston College offense coming out in full swing. Alecia Nicholas made a few big saves in this half, most of which were in the second quarter, allowing the Tar Heels to maintain the three-goal margin.
The Eagles hammered in two quick goals, led by Kayla Martello, to cut the lead to one in the first few minutes of the second half. North Carolina's Kaleigh Harden glided by the Eagles defender Shea Dolce for a quick response and, pretty soon, the Tar Heels had their three-goal lead once again.
By the end of the quarter, Boston had tightened it again with an important goal from Courtney Weeks in the last 20 seconds of the third quarter.
Boston College's momentum carried into the fourth quarter and the Heels couldn't seem to finish in the arch. The Eagles defense also stepped up with a huge defensive play from first-year Shea Baker in the last couple of minutes. A 3-0 run from Boston College in the fourth quarter lead the Eagles to an ACC Championship win.