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Navy upsets No. 2 UNC to clinch Final Four berth

This historic postseason for the Navy women’s lacrosse team is continuing. The Mids upset the defending national champion and second-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels, 16-14, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Saturday to advance to the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament semifinals game.

North Carolina rallied from down by scoring five straight goals to take a 13-10 lead with 17:39 remaining. It appeared as if the powerhouse was finally hitting their stride in the game, but the Mids refused to let them pull away. Instead, Navy scored three goals in a row to tie the game back up. Then, in response to another go-ahead Tar Heels goal, Navy scored three more in a row to end the game.

Navy was fearless going against their highly-accomplished opponent. Navy led most of the game and always had an answer to prevent North Carolina from ever pulling away.

Freshman attacker Kelly Larkin led Navy with six points on four goals and two assists while junior midfielder Jenna Collins scored three goals and had two assists. Sophomore attacker Meg O’Donnell was a third Navy player with a hat trick in the game, scoring three times on four shots.

Navy took advantage of three yellow cards in the second half to score three play-up goals to end the game. Collins scored the first in the final run with 11:37 remaining in the game. Her free position goal re-tied the game at 14-14. Just about five minutes later she then fed O’Donnell in the EMO to put the Mids ahead with 6:10 left.

O’Donnell then won the ensuing draw to give the Mids another possession. They were unable to score, but they did take over two minutes off the clock. Then, while the Tar Heels did have more opportunities to score to tie the game, Navy goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum made a clutch save to keep the game even. Kayla Harris also had a caused turnover to end a UNC possession.

Boyum made 11 saves in the game to secure her and the team’s 18th victory of the year. The 18 wins are tied for the second-most in the program’s history. Navy won 18 games in 2012. They won 19 games the following season when they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Junior attacker Julia Collins put Navy on the board first in the fourth minute of the game with an unassisted strike. Larkin then put the Mids up 2-0 with a free position goal.

North Carolina responded with two goals, which were both assisted by Ela Hazar, but the Mids struck right back with another two to take a 4-2 lead with 17:15 left in the first half. After Marie McCool scored her first of three North Carolina goals, Jenna Collins helped Navy keep their lead with her first goal of the game.

North Carolina did take the lead in the first half with three straight goals. Hazar, had five points in the game, scored her first of two goals in the game with 13:28 left in the first half to start the run. She then, assisted Molly Hendrick’s second of three goals in the game to tie things up at 5-5. Sammy Joe Tracy then extended the run to three straight for North Carolins with her first of a game-high five goals with 11:01 left in the first half.

Still, Navy refused to let the Tar Heels create any sort of separation. The Mids responded with three goals in a row to go back up 8-6. They held an 8-7 lead at the break.

North Carolina did score first in the second half to tie things back up at 8-8 before Larkin and O’Donnell scored back-to-back in less than a minute span to give Navy a 10-8 lead.

After that was when North Carolina rattled off their five straight goals, but even that was not enough to put things away. Navy just kept attacking and maintained their possessions down the stretch and used their overall 6-1 run to pull off the upset victory.

Navy was just edged on shots 38-35 but used a 23-15 ground ball advantage and the saves by Boyum to give them extra possessions.

North Carolina will advance to the national semifinals, hosted in Gillette Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts. There they will play Boston College on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 pm. The Eagles beat Canisius, Syracuse, and USC on their way to the Final Four. Navy suffered a 20-11 loss to the Eagles in Annapolis earlier this year but have lost only two games since. Navy has won nine straight games going back to their April 15 win at Boston University.

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