UNC Women’s Lacrosse Remain No. 3, Men Fall to No. 13

A win in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament was not enough to move the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team up in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings.

UNC still sits at No. 3, behind Maryland and Florida – which happen to be the only two teams that beat the Tar Heels during the regular season.

UNC has won 13 games in a row since the back-to-back losses to Florida and Maryland in late February, going undefeated through the conference regular season. UNC won the ACC Tournament on the strength of a pair of one-goal victories over Duke and Syracuse.

Syracuse is fifth in the new polls and the narrow loss to Carolina in the ACC semifinals actually vaulted Duke three spots in the rankings to No. 14.

Meanwhile, the UNC men’s lacrosse team fell three spots to No. 13 in the latest poll after losing to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

Carolina was the top seed in the tournament, after knocking off Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were the top-ranked team in the country. Syracuse went on to defeat Duke in the conference title game.

Up next for both squads is the NCAA Tournament. The women’s team is automatically in the field after winning the conference title. The men will learn their fate on May 8 during the NCAA Tournament selection show.

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UNC Women’s Lax Wins ACC Title in OT

A sudden-death overtime goal from Aly Messinger clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the UNC women’s lacrosse team on Sunday.

The top-seeded Tar Heels knocked off No. 2 seed Syracuse by a 15-14 score in the championship match.

UNC has now won 13 straight contests after going through the ACC regular season slate undefeated.

Carolina needed a late 3-0 scoring run to beat rival Duke 7-6 in the ACC semifinal. Another one-goal margin against Syracuse was enough for the ACC title.

The game Sunday was a back-and-forth battle. Syracuse led by three goals in the first half before UNC tied the game up at six. The score was 7-7 at the half. Syracuse stretched its lead to three once again in the second half at 11-8. UNC trailed throughout the majority of the game but was able to tie it up at 13 with less than two minutes remaining.

Even in the limited time left in regulation, the scoring wasn’t over.

Carolina took its first lead of the second half at 14-13 with 36 seconds left in game, but Syracuse was able to answer with time winding down to force the game into overtime, where the Messinger goal secured the title for the Tar Heels.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Beats Duke in ACC Semifinal

A 3-0 scoring run over the final 15 minutes of the game led UNC women’s lacrosse to a 7-6 win over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday evening.

The top-seeded Tar Heels fell behind early as No. 4 seed Duke opened the game with three consecutive goals in the first four minutes of action. But a two-goal, one-assist performance from Marie McCool led UNC to the comeback victory.

The victory was the 12th in a row for UNC as the Tar Heels advanced to 15-2 on the season.

In addition to McCool, five Tar Heels scored single goals.

The win in the ACC semifinal sends Carolina to the title game for the sixth time in the last seven years and the 10th time overall.

UNC will take on second-seeded Syracuse in the title game at one o’clock Sunday afternoon.

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Women’s Lacrosse Off To Strong Start In ACC Tournament

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 6-1 lead early and never looked back as they beat Virginia Tech 19-6 to advance to the second round of the ACC Tournament.

With four different players scoring multiple goals, UNC was able to rely on a balanced attack to overwhelm the Hokies.

Molly Hendrick led the way with four goals and two assists. Marie McCool added three goals and an assist as well.

It is now the 11th victory in a row for a UNC team that is the second ranked team in the nation according to the RPI.

They are the highest ranked team in the ACC, closely followed by Syracuse at number four.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to take on the winner of Virginia and Duke Friday for a chance to play in the ACC Championship Game.

 

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UNC Places 6 on All-ACC Women’s Lacrosse Teams

Six North Carolina Tar Heels have been named to the 2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference women’s lacrosse teams, the league announced Wednesday.

Of the six Carolina players honored, which was the most among any ACC school, four were named to the first-team – also more than any other school.

Every level of the Tar Heel squad was represented on the first team with two attackers, senior Sammy Jo Tracy and junior Molly Hendrick, sophomore midfielder Marie McCool and senior defender Mallory Frysinger.

Senior attacker Aly Messinger and junior goalie Caylee Waters were named second-team All-Conference.

UNC, ranked third nationally, went undefeated in conference play and will enter the ACC Tournament this weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia as the number one seed. The Tar Heels will face the No. 8 seed Virginia Tech at noon on Thursday in what is essentially a home game for the Hokies.

This is the second consecutive year UNC has won the ACC regular season title.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Finishes Undefeated Conference Slate

A 7-0 first-half scoring run led No. 3 UNC over No. 13 Duke on Saturday afternoon as the Carolina women’s lacrosse team finished off an undefeated regular season Atlantic Coast Conference slate.

North Carolina secured the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament with the 16-8 victory over the Blue Devils.

Ela Hazar and Aly Messinger led the offensive attack for the Tar Heels with three goals each.

UNC has now won 10 games in a row.

This marks the second years in a row that Carolina has won the ACC regular season title and the seventh regular-season conference crown overall.

UNC will be back on the field this week for an ACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels and Hokies will face off at noon on Thursday in Blacksburg.

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UNC’s Hazar Named ACC Women’s Lacrosse Player of Week

UNC women’s lacrosse midfielder Ela Hazar has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Hazar tallied a career-high six points with two goals and a career-high four assists in the third-ranked Tar Heels’ 12-11 victory over No. 4 Syracuse over the weekend.

The two goals for Hazar helped UNC to an 8-7 halftime lead, and she followed that up by assisting on each of the final three goals for Carolina.

The Tar Heels will host Duke on Saturday in the regular season finale looking to finish off an undefeated conference slate. UNC has already clinched the ACC regular season title and number one seed in the Conference Tournament.

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UNC Lacrosse Splits Results at Syracuse

A 5-0 scoring run fueled the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels women’s lacrosse team to a victory over No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

The 12-11 victory was the ninth in a row for UNC.

Ela Hazar led the attack for Carolina with two goals and four assists for a career-high six points. Sammy Jo Tracy scored three goals and added one assist to her effort.

The victory maintains the Tar Heels’ undefeated play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Saturday’s win, along with Duke’s loss to Notre Dame, clinched the ACC regular season title for UNC for the second year in a row and seventh time overall.

UNC will be back on the field on Saturday for its final home game of the season hosting Duke.

The UNC men’s team also faced Syracuse over the weekend but was not as successful. The No. 11 Tar Heels lost to the No. 10 Orange 13-7 at Syracuse.

The loss dropped UNC to 7-5 on the season and 2-1 in the ACC. UNC has a big matchup with No. 1 Notre Dame next Saturday in a game that will be played at Kenan Stadium. A win against the Fighting Irish would give the Tar Heels the top seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Sweeps Weekly Awards

After making a strong statement with a 15-5 win over fifth-ranked Louisville last weekend, two Tar Heels will take home hardware.

Attacker Sammy Jo Tracy has been named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalie Megan Ward is the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ward had a career high 13 saves against Louisville, while Tracy has three goals and seven draw controls.

The third-ranked Tar Heels are now on an eight game winning streak and are undefeated in conference play.

They’ll look to extend their streak Saturday when they travel to take on Syracuse.

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UNC Women’s Lacrosse Dominates Va Tech

Two Tar Heels set a career high in goals scored as the third-ranked UNC women’s lacrosse team defeated Virginia Tech 15-6 on Wednesday night.

Molly Hendrick scored six goals and Ela Hazar added four of her own, both setting career highs as UNC knocked off the visiting Hokies.

Sammy Jo Tracy also set a career high against VT with three assists.

It was a dominating performance with UNC leading throughout as the Tar Heels won for the sixth consecutive game and improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Carolina improved to 22-0 all-time versus the Hokies. UNC will be back on Fetzer Field at noon on Sunday with a top-five matchup hosting No. 5 Notre Dame.

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