How in the Hall? Rachel Hall stopped 11 UNC shots in leading #4 Boston College to an 11-10 upset of the #1 UNC Tarheels in the NCAA Women’s DI Semi-Finals. BC will be making it the 4th Consecutive trip to the Championship Round. The Tarheels lost for the first time since 2019, a span of 27 games.
It only took a minute and eighteen seconds for Caitlyn Mossman (2g) to put BC in front, 1-0. UNC then did what they do, went on a run. Caitlynn Wurzburger (3g 1a) punched home a Jamie Ortega feed. Ortega had the hot hand and assisted on a Katie Horg (3g) net bender then it was Ortega’s (1g,2a) turn to flip the lead to 3-1 ‘Heels. Belle Smith (1g 2a) for the Eagles and Scottie Rose Growney (1g) countering to make it 4-2.
It was BC’s turn for a run and run they did. Jenn Medjid (4g), Charlotte North (2g,1a), and Medjid bagging her 47th and 58 pushing it to a 6-4 BC advantage. The uprising took just 5:17 and the battle was on. Kerrigan Miller (1g) stopped the BC flurry but Courtney Weeks (1g) and Cassidy Weeks (1g) closed the curtain of the thrilling half.
The second half started just the first with Mossman kicking off the scoring with her 20th. Wurzburger countered to make it a manageable three-goal lead, 9-6. Charlotte North pumped in her 95th (yes, 96!) followed by Medjid at 15-27 seemingly put it out of reach at 11-6. UNC isn’t ranked at the top for no reason and they would shut out BC for the final 15:27 while waging a comeback with Wurzburger getting her hat trick, Katie Hoeg with her 37th and 38 five minutes apart making it a two-goal game.
UNC kept pressuring but was denied until the 00:01 mark when Ally Mastroianni (1g) deposited a disadvantage goal and that was the end of this one.
“Congratulations to Boston College, they played great today,” UNC head coach Jenny Levy said after the game. “Specifically, Rachel Hall had a big day and really played great in goal. I’m proud of my team to come back and make a game of it, but BC’s defense did a great job.”
“Unfortunately for us, we just didn’t do what we normally do, which is executive offensively,” Levy continued. “We held them to just three goals in the second half, but the offense wasn’t able to step up. We’re obviously very disappointed in the result, but it was a fun journey along the way getting here with this group, a time you can never replace.”
By the Numbers
Taylor Moreno had 8 saves for UNC. Shots were 35-26 for the ‘Heels with UNC having the edge with 21-19 on goal. BC scooped 12 ground balls to 10 with turnovers had 9 for UNC to 8 for BC. Wurzburger garnered her three goals on just four shots while the rest of the team were 6 for 31. UNC closes their season with a 20-1 record while the Eagles improve to a 17-3 record. How in the Hall did this all go down?