No. 5 Boston College Falls One Goal Short to No. 1 UNC

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 7:00 p.m. game.

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CHAPEL HILL Sophomore Aly Messinger scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner on a free position try with 28 seconds to play, as top-ranked North Carolina (10-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won on the road at fourth-ranked Boston College (7-2, 1-2) in action on Saturday afternoon. Messinger finished the game with five goals on seven shots, adding an assist for a career-high six points in addition to her five goals.

With the victory, Carolina improves to 10-0 this season and sets a new program record for the best start to a season. The 1998 team started the season 9-0 and was the previous best start in Tar Heel annals. Carolina has won 14 games in a row dating to last season, the longest winning streak in Carolina women's lacrosse history.

In addition to Messinger's career day, Carolina got big games from freshman Sydney Holman (three goals and one assist) and senior Abbey Friend (three goals). Freshmen Molly Hendrick, Maggie Bill and Carly Reed each scored one goal to complete the Tar Heel offensive attack.

The game was close throughout. Carolina took a 2-0 lead on goals by Reed and Messinger, then saw BC tie it with two goals in less than three minutes. It was back and forth for the rest of the first half until Hendrick and Bill scored back-to-back goals to close the half and give UNC an 8-7 lead at the break.

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