March 29, 2008
Waltham, Mass. - Boston College won a fierce battle to upset seventh-ranked North Carolina, 5-4, in double overtime on Saturday afternoon. Junior Lauren Fitzpatrick scored the game-winning goal 48 seconds into the second overtime period to notch the Eagles' second ACC win of the season. It marked the first time the Eagles have won more than one conference game in a season since BC joined the ACC in 2006. The Eagles improved to 3-6 on the season (2-1 ACC), while the Tar Heels dropped to 8-3 (2-2 ACC).
In the lowest scoring ACC matchup of the season, the Tar Heels were able to get on the board first. Corey Donohoe converted a free position shot five minutes into the game to give UNC a one-goal lead. The two teams battled for almost 15 minutes before anyone else could add to the scoreboard. Sophomore Lauren Costello evened the game with 12:36 to play on her 19th goal of the season. Less than one minute later, the Heels regained control when Kelly Taylor nailed her 11th score of the year.
UNC struck again as Erica LaGrow scored one of her two goals of the day with 5:59 remaining in the first half. Two minutes later, junior captain Jenna McCabe fired a shot past goalie Amanda Barnes to put the Eagles within one heading into halftime.
In the second half, BC tied the score when sophomore Sarah Sedgwick scored off McCabe's assist five minutes into the period. The Eagles took their first lead of the game on McCabe's second goal of the day, a free position shot she fired past UNC's second goalie, Logan Ripley.
LaGrow knotted the game with 16:33 to play on her 12th goal of the season. It marked the last time either team would score in regulation. With eight seconds remaining, the Heels were awarded a free position shot. Junior Katie Monaghan made the save to keep the score even, and then went on to make two more saves off the rebounds to send the game into overtime.
Neither team notched a goal in the first six-minute overtime period. With only 48 seconds ticked off the clock in the second OT stanza, Fitzpatrick broke into the critical scoring circle and fired a shot past Ripley for the win. It was her 19th goal of the season and the second gamewinner of the year.
Monaghan racked up a season-high 13 saves in the game. Barnes recorded one save while Ripley made four. The Tar Heels outshot the Eagles, 26-12, and picked up 12 ground balls to the Eagles' eight. BC edged out UNC in draw controls, 7-6.
The Eagles have a week off before they return to action to battle No. 4 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.