How In the Hall?

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.

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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.

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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?

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.