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UNC Women's Lacrosse Wins ACC Championship

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Aly Messenger's goal with 3:45 remaining in sudden victory overtime gave the Tar Heels a 15-14 win over Syracuse in the ACC Championship. It was UNC's second ACC title schools history and first since 2002.

UNC trailed 13-11 with four minutes left in regulation but rallied to take a 14-13 lead with 36 seconds left on Molly Hendrick's goal. UNC then had two players called for yellow cards in the final 32 seconds, the last one with six seconds left to give Syracuse a two man advantage. The Orange scored as time expired to send the game to overtime. The game tying goal was not without controversy as explained by GoHeels.com's Turner Walston who notes a buzzer malfunction and the oddity of lacrosse rules may have permitted a goal that should not have counted.

At any rate, UNC face a tough opening to overtime with two players off for yellow cards and Syracuse in possession after winning the draw. The Tar Heels forced a turnover and following a timeout Messenger scored to clinch the title.

Game winning goal

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