No. 5 Lacrosse Falls Short to No. 1 North Carolina, 14-13
March 22, 2014
NEWTON, Mass.- Sophomore Sarah Mannelly led the Eagles with five points on four goals and an assist, but No. 5 Boston College fell short to No. 1 North Carolina, 14-13, on Saturday afternoon at Newton Lacrosse Field.
Sophomore Caroline Margolis notched three goals while junior Covie Stanwick registered two. Classmate Mikaela Rix and seniors Brooke Blue, Kate McCarthy and Moira Barry each tallied a goal for Boston College (7-2, 1-2 ACC).
North Carolina (10-0, 3-0 ACC) was led by Aly Messinger who recorded five goals in the game.
The Tar Heels netted back-to-back goals less than 31 seconds apart to give them an early 2-0 edge. Margolis and Mannelly each scored on free position shots to tie the game, 2-2, with 25:50 to go in the first half.
North Carolina’s Abbey Friend scored on a free position shot to take a one-point lead but Rix found Mannelly who drove down the right side of the cage to tie the contest at three with 20:56 in the first.
The Tar Heels scored two consecutive goals before Stanwick caused a turnover, scooped up the loose ball and scored to spark a 3-0 Eagles run to give BC a 6-5 lead with 10:52 left in the first period.
Tar Heels notched back-to-back goals at the end of the first to give them an 8-7 edge at the half.
North Carolina scored the opening goal of the second half before McCarthy buried one in the net to trail the Tar Heels, 9-8, with 25:32 left to play.
The Eagles and Tar Heels each scored less than two minutes apart but North Carolina scored consecutive goals to give them a 12-9 advantage with 18:03 to go.
Mannelly spun through the middle of the cage and found the net with 14:34 on the clock to surge a 3-0 run by the Eagles and knot the game at 12.
Barry netted BC’s final goal of the game to tie it at 13, but North Carolina scored on a free position shot in the final 28 seconds to take the game, 14-13.
Boston College held the edge in shots (31-22), ground balls (10-9) and draw controls (16-14). Both teams had seven saves on the day.
The contest served as the Eagles’ annual Red Bandanna Game, honoring former BC lacrosse players Stacey Sennas McGowan and Welles Crowther who both lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.
Next, Boston College travels across town to Harvard on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.