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.
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.
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
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.