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The Tar Heels edge Boston College 3-2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Gab Major deflected a pass from Malin Evert into the goal with just over eight minutes remaining in the game as third-seeded North Carolina defeated seventh-seeded Boston College, 3-2, in the second semifinal game of the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship.
North Carolina will face top-seeded Syracuse in the ACC Championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Sam Knight started the scoring for the Tar Heels in the 23rd minute of play when she deflected a pass into the right side of the cage. Less than two minutes later, Nina Notman’s penalty corner shot deflected off of Boston College goalie Leah Settipane’s pads and into the net to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Boston College got on the board with just over 15 minutes remaining in the half when Eryn McCoy sent a one-time shot high into the North Carolina cage to make the score 2-1 going into the break. The Eagles then tied the match just under ten minutes into the second half when AshLeigh Sebia deflected a long pass from Frederique Haverhals into the net.
The game winner came with just over eight minutes remaining in the match when Major deflected Evert’s pass past Sebia, earning North Carolina a spot in the ACC Championship game for the first time since 2013.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Boston College,” said North Carolina head coach Karen Shelton. “I think they gave us everything that we could handle. I love their spirit, and I think they pushed us to the limit.”
Boston College held a 14-12 edge in shots and a 5-4 penalty corner advantage. North Carolina’s Shannon Johnson recorded five saves, while Settipane finished with seven for Boston College.
With the win, North Carolina moves to 45-14 all-time in ACC tournament play and 16-2 this season.
“Now it’s simply about rest and recovery,” said Shelton. “We’ll get some of the issues that Boston College gave us, and of course we’ll look to Syracuse because the pose a whole host of other problems that we have to deal with. It’s just a matter of us taking a day off to prepare.”
The ACC Championship game will be a rematch of the 2014 semifinal matchup between Orange and the Tar Heels. Syracuse came away a 3-2 overtime win in that contest.
ACC fans will be able to watch every game of the championship as they will be televised live by the league’s Regional Sports Networks, live online on ESPN3, and available on the WatchESPN mobile application.
For additional information on the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship, visit http://theacc.co/15FHchamp.