North Carolina phenom Abbey Friend -- no friend of mine -- scored like, all of the goals, as the third-seeded and third ranked Tar Heels bounced the host Eagles out of the quarterfinal round of the ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship at Alumni Stadium.
The loss drops Boston College to 12-5, 3-4 in the ACC. North Carolina improves to 14-3, 5-2 in the ACC.
The first half had a track meet feel to it, with both teams jumping out to multiple goal leads early. Boston College held the early edge at 3-1. With the score tied at 4-4, Carolina would net three unanswered goals in seemingly rapid succession to go up 7-4. The Heels went into the locker room up 9-6.
It was all Heels early in the second half, with UNC extending its lead to six goals with less than 15 to play. BC would jump back into it with three goals to make it 13-10, but that's the closest they'd come to advancing to the next round.
Earlier in the day, Maryland, Virginia and Syracuse all advanced to the semifinals with wins over Virginia Tech (14-9), Duke (7-5) and Notre Dame (16-11), respectively. For those keeping track at home, that's the number 1, 2, 3 and 16-ranked teams in the nation in tomorrow's semifinals; a field that may end up more distinguished than the actual Final Four next month.
Maryland and Virginia will square off in tomorrow's first semifinal, while Syracuse and North Carolina will play in the second of Friday's matches. Needless to say, tomorrow we are all Cavalier-Tar Heels.
Boston College (12-5, 3-4 ACC) has one more regular season game -- May 3 at Boston University -- before learning its NCAA Tournament fate on the following day. At 12-5 on the year and ranking fifth nationally, the Eagles will almost assuredly be in line for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth. The program is seeking its third NCAA Tournament berth overall and third in the last four seasons.