No. 3 North Carolina Runs by Boston College in ACC Semifinals

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. A rematch with top-ranked Maryland hung in the balance for North Carolina, but only if the Tar Heels could resist the temptation to look ahead.

Second-seeded North Carolina met the challenge on Friday afternoon at Fetzer Field, dispatching third-seeded Boston College by a 16-6 score in the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship semifinals.

The outcome sets up an intriguing battle between the nation's No. 1 and No. 3 teams on Sunday at 5:00 p.m., when the Tar Heels (14-2) will challenge the four-time defending ACC champion Terps (18-0).

North Carolina has vivid recollection of the 14-13 loss to the Terps at College Park on April 6, which snapped an 11-game winning streak and a streak of nine straight regular-season wins over ACC opponents. The Tar Heels also remember the 2012 ACC Championship final, which saw top-seeded North Carolina drop a 14-10 decision to third-seeded Maryland on a cold, rainy night in nearby Durham, N.C.

But first things first. The Tar Heels will be playing in Sunday's championship game because they did not overlook Boston College (12-7), a team that entered Friday's match with a No. 14 national ranking and a school-record eight-game winning streak.

Abbey Friend scored a game-high four goals, and Aly Messinger added a hat trick for North Carolina, which outshot Boston College 30-15 and held a 19-12 advantage on ground balls.

The Eagles jumped ahead early, grabbing a 1-0 lead on Covie Stanwick's goal 44 seconds into the match.

The Tar Heels countered with five unanswered goals including two apiece by Messinger and Friend to gain control. After building a 6-3 halftime lead, North Carolina delivered the first two strikes of the second half on goals by Jessica Griffin and Kara Cannizzaro and padded the margin from there.

Stanwick finished with three goals for Boston College, giving her 60 for the year and adding to her single-season school record.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Sophomore Covie Stanwick scored a team-high three goals, but third-seeded Boston College fell to second-seeded North Carolina, 16-6, in the semifinals of the ACC Championship from Fetzer Field on the campus of UNC on Friday afternoon.

The Eagles (12-7) will await their fate when the NCAA reveals the 26-team field for the 2013 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday, May 5. The Tar Heels (14-2) advance to play in the ACC championship game against No. 1 Maryland on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Sophomore Mikaela Rix recorded a goal and an assist to reach 100 points in her career. Freshman Sarah Mannelly also posted a goal and an assist, and junior Moira Barry scored a goal.

Stanwick opened the game's scoring under a minute into the contest wrapping around the goal to her left and snapping a shot past the goalie. The Tar Heels then scored three goals in a three-minute span to begin a 5-0 run taking a 5-1 lead with 7:28 to play in the first half. The Eagles held UNC scoreless for over nine minutes between the hosts' fourth and fifth goals but could not score themselves.

Mannelly found the back of the net to break the run, attacking from the top of the arc, to cut UNC's lead to 5-2 with 3:03 left in the opening period. After a man-up Tar Heel goal, Rix scored with 46 seconds remaining in the half to pull BC within 6-3 at the break.

The Tar Heels scored the second half's first two goals before Barry scored from the right side to trim UNC's lead to 8-4 just over eight minutes into the period. UNC then posted another two goals to stake a 10-4 edge with 18:57 to play. UNC closed the game on a 3-0 run.

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