Lacrosse Loses Heartbreaker to UNC, 9-8
March 24, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - No. 19 Boston College (5-5, 1-2) lost a hard-fought battle against No. 3 North Carolina (10-1, 2-0), 9-8, on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles played a solid defensive game, holding the Tar Heels to their lowest score output in a win so far this season. Freshman Emily Mata turned away 15 shots for a new personal-best. Senior Brittany Wilton also contributed to BC's aggressive effort with five draw controls.
Freshman Covie Stanwick led Boston College with two goals and one assist for three points. Stanwick leads BC with 33 points so far this season. Grad student Kristin Igoe also tallied two goals on the day, while Wilton, senior Sam Taylor, junior Brooke Blue and freshman Mikaela Rix each added one goal apiece.
The Eagles struck first, as Igoe and Taylor scored back-to-back goals to give BC an early 2-0 advantage. North Carolina's Abbey Friend tallied her first of four goals in the outing to put her squad on the board before Wilton found Blue open in front of the net to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead with 12:52 left in the first.
The Tar Heels offense came to life with a four-goal run, giving North Carolina its largest lead of the game, up 5-3, with 7:44 to go in the first. BC retaliated with free-position goals from Stanwick and Wilton in the final minutes of the half to send the teams to the locker rooms knotted at five apiece.
Stanwick registered her 19th goal of the season less than two minutes into the second half to give BC a one goal buffer, but UNC quickly regained the lead with two consecutive scores from Friend.
The score was locked at 7-6 for just less than 13 minutes before Kara Cannizzaro found the back of the net for the Tar Heels to extend their lead to 8-6 with 14:41 left to play. The Eagles continued to fight, as Igoe scored unassisted and Rix converted on a free-position shot to tie the game at eight with 9:28 remaining.
Friend recorded the go-ahead goal for North Carolina with 7:45 to go. The Tar Heels were able to fend off the Eagles' attack in the final minutes of play to take the slim, 9-8 victory.
Boston College returns to action on Saturday, March 31 when the team travels to Virginia for a 1 p.m. tilt.