On a cool and overcast day in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Boston College and North Carolina met in a rematch of last year’s ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Eagles brought an undefeated regular season record to the contest, a number one ranking, were playing on their home field, and had revenge on their mind after going down to the Tar Heels last year. If that weren't enough, BC got out to a 5-0 lead.
But to this team, none of that mattered.
The Tar Heels rallied from a 6-1 deficit to quickly tie it at 6-6. Boston College was able to get the lead back before halftime, 9-7, but the second half would belong to Carolina.
From the jump, Carolina scored three goals to get their first lead of the game. The teams would then go back and forth for a couple of goals, but then Tayler Wareheim scored on a feed from Jamie Ortega to grab the lead for good. The Eagles would get it back to one, but the Tar Heels would hold on to take the crown, 15-13. In all, the Tar Heels outscored BC 14-7 after being down 6-1.
This fourth ACC title in a row for the Tar Heels is especially sweet as it hands the Eagles their first loss of the season, one where it looked like the Eagles would finally end the Tar Heels’ reign on top of the conference.
Gianna Bowe, Katie Hoeg, Emma Trenchard, and Elise Hennessey earn a spot on the All-ACC team.
The Tar Heels will now sit and wait for their NCAA Tournament seeding. The field will be announced next Sunday with the tournament starting on May 10th. The Tar Heels are looking at another high seed and will definitely start their tournament in their new home.
It won’t be the first postseason hosted at the new stadium, as the first couple of rounds of the men’s lacrosse ACC Tournament was held there this past weekend. Unfortunately, the men were unable to advance to the championship. They fell to Virginia on Saturday, 14-13. The men are 8-7 on the season and will wait to see if they get an unlikely invite to the NCAA Tournament.