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Messinger scored game winner to keep UNC undefeated
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina sophomore attacker Aly Messinger and Syracuse senior defender Natalie Glanell have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Messinger scored a career-high five goals, including the game-winner on a free position try with 28 seconds left, to lead the top-ranked Tar Heels to a 14-13 win at fourth-ranked Boston College on March 22. Messinger had three first-half goals as the Tar Heels took an 8-7 lead at the break. She also had two goals in the final 3:34, stopping the BC momentum after the Eagles had scored three consecutive goals in a four-minute span to tie the score at 12-all. Messinger also added an assist for a career-high six total points, along with a ground ball and a draw control.
Glanell anchored Syracuse’s defense, which had a 5.5 goals-against average in wins over Harvard (17-4) and No. 7/8 Northwestern (11-7). She had three caused turnovers in each game as the Orange totaled 13 against Harvard and Northwestern. Against the Wildcats, Glanell and the SU defense held Northwestern scoreless for 19:46 as the Orange broke a 6-6 tie with a 4-0 scoring run to take a 10-6 lead. Glanell was integral to the Orange holding Northwestern’s leading goal scorer, Alyssa Leonard, without a goal and to just one shot for the game.
ACC women’s lacrosse action continues Wednesday, March 26 with four games, including one league contest between Virginia Tech and North Carolina.