History in the ACC

Kevin M. Neibauer

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The Lady Tarheels of the University of North Carolina continued their amazing run to go to 18-0 with a convincing 16-9 defeat of the 16-3 Boston College Eagles to take the ACC Championship for the sixth season in a row.

To the Action:

Truly a game of two halves unfolded in this one. BC came out strong despite falling behind when Brooklyn Neuman (1g) buried a pretty feed from Ally Mastroianni at the 11:39 mark. Boston fired back with a tally at 9:38 from McKenna Davis (1g) followed with Cassidy Weeks (2g) flipping the lead. Caitlyn Mossman (2g) pushed it to 3-1 at 6:00. Jamie Ortega (4g,5a) joined the fray and kick started her big day to end the opening stanza.

End of One Quarter, 3-2 Boston College.

Second Stanza:

The back and forth action continued in the second quarter, but Charlotte North (3g,1a) was first to get on the score sheet. Mastoianni (3g,1a) answered off an Ortega feed, but Belle Smith (1g), followed by another North marker boosted the score to 6-3 in the Eagles direction. Ortega went back to work on the first of four markers from Scottie Rose Growney with just 0:04 left on the clock.

End of the Half, 6-4 BC

To the Third:

The BC fortunes would quickly change with the Tar Heels shutting them out. North Carolina got production from Ortega with two, a pair from Andie Aldave (3g,1a), as well as one from Mastroianni as they totally dominated the quarter.

End of Three, 11-6 Tarheels.

Final Stanza:

The uprising continued with UNC making it 12 in a row supplied by Growney putting home a Caitlyn Wurzburger pass on the advantage. Mastroianni, and Aldave doing the work for Ortega to make it a 14-6 game. Mossman ended the deluge after 19:23 beomg scoreless,then North, on the advantage made it a six goal affair.

Growney countered with Cassidy Weeks exchanging net benders, and Ortega putting the exclamation point on the tilt setting up Wurzburger (1g,1a).

Final Score- 16-9.


• This will be the 18th Tournament Appearance for UNC. The Heels have been in seven straight.

• UNC climbs to 67-6 record against ACC foes.

• Charlotte North notched her 341st goal to tie Courtney Murphy of Stony Brook for the All Time Conference lead.

• Shots had a 34-30 Boston edge but UNC putting more on net, 23-18. Turnovers revealed 13 for BC and 12 for the The Lady Tarheals.

• BC employed two netminders with Rachel Hall logging 54:26 making 7 stops and spelled by Maddy Manahan.

• Taylor Moreno moved her record to an unworldly 66-6 with her 9 saves.

• Mastoianni walked away with a game high 11 draw controls.

Tarheels Continue Domination

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.