The Boston College women’s lacrosse team defeated UNC for only the third time in program history today, earning a 17-11 victory over the Tar Heels. This was also BC’s first ever regulation win over UNC, as both others have gone to overtime. With today’s win, the Eagles improved to 12-0 on the season. Also of note is that today’s game was the annual Red Bandana game, and captain Carly Bell wore a #19 in honor of Welles Crowther.
BC got off to an early 2-0 lead today thanks to goals from Taylor Walker and Emma Schurr, but within 2 minutes UNC had tied things up. Cara Urbank put BC up by 1 halfway through the first, only to have UNC take a 5-3 lead with a trio of unanswered goals. Two goals from Sam Apuzzo and Walker’s second of the game helped BC to end the half with a 6-5 lead.
UNC opened the scoring in the second, but it was pretty much all Eagles from thereon out. Schurr added her second of the game and Apuzzo completed her hat trick to help the Eagles increase their lead to 2. UNC quickly cut the BC lead back to 1, only to have Dempsey Arsenault and Kaileen Hart score within 30 seconds of each other to put BC up 10-7. Over the next 4 minutes, UNC would score 3 times and Apuzzo would score her fourth goal of the game and fifty-second of the season. The Eagles then scored 6 straight (Hart, Hart, Arsenault, Tess Chandler, Walker, Schurr) to secure their victory, although UNC managed to score the final tally of the game with 1:30 remaining.
In addition to extending BC’s program record winning streak, a few other milestones were reached today. Apuzzo’s 9 draw control wins improved her total to 175, the third best in program history, Walker scored her first career hat trick, and Schurr set a career best with 5 ground balls.