No. 19 BC Loses One-Goal Heartbreaker to No. 3 Tar Heels

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 1:00 p.m. tilt.

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Newton, Mass. - Abbey Friend's free position goal with 7:45 to play broke an 8-8 tie and lifted third-ranked North Carolina to a 9-8 win at No. 19 Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse action.

Friend led all scorers with four goals as the Tar Heels improved to 10-1 this season, 2-0 in the ACC. BC fell to 5-5, 1-2.

Friend added two ground balls to go with her four scores. Kara Cannizzaro had three goals and two ground balls. Laura Zimmerman tallied a goal and an assist and Becky Lynch scored once while gathering a game-high four ground balls.

Covie Stanwick led BC with two goals and an assist, while Kristin Igoe had two goals and Brittany Wilton had a goal and an assist.

The Eagles jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first 17 minutes of the game, then saw the Tar Heels rip off a 4-0 run to take a 4-3 lead. Cannizzaro scored twice during the run, with Zimmerman and Lynch adding goals as well.

BC scored the last two goals of the opening half to tie it at 5-5 at the break, then scored a third consecutive goal less than two minutes into the second half to take a 6-5 lead.

Friend scored twice and Cannizzaro scored as the Tar Heels went on a 3-0 run over a 13-minute span to lead 8-6 with 14:41 to play. The Eagles then clawed back into a tie with back-to-back goals that tied it with 9:28 left. Friend's game-winner came with 7:45 to play and the UNC defense held the Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels out-shot the Eagles by a 32-18 margin, including 16-7 in the second half. BC goalie Emily Mata made 15 saves. UNC's Lauren Maksym improved to 10-1 in the cage this spring, tallying four saves.


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