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Bowe (Clearview Regional), Growney (Conestoga) help lead UNC past Virginia and into Final Four

Saturday, 18th May 2019

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/18/19
From Press Release

Third-seeded North Carolina went on an 11-0 run after trailing in the early going and beat No. 6 seed Virginia, 14-7, in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game on a hot Saturday at UNC Lacrosse Soccer Stadium.

The Tar Heels held Virginia scoreless for a span of over 35 minutes to build a 12-3 lead, then held on while the Cavaliers scored four late goals in the second half.

With its eighth consecutive win, UNC (17-3) advances to next Friday’s NCAA semifinal game against Boston College, which beat Princeton on Saturday. Carolina will be making its eighth appearance in the NCAA final four in the last 11 years. The Final Four will be held at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins.

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Senior Gianna Bowe (Clearview Regional-NJ) had three goals and five draw controls and sophomore Scottie Rose Growney (Conestoga) tallied a hat trick for UNC, which also got two three goals and two assists from Jamie Ortega.

“She was a senior leader for us today,” UNC coach Jenny Levy said of Bowe. “The bigger stat for us was the five drawl controls that she had. Obviously, looking at the last game against Virginia, we really struggled in the middle of the field against them. They have a lot of great players with Senior [Maggie] Jackson and Junior [Sammy] Mueller.

“We really struggled last game and that was something we really thought we really needed to play well in today. Gianna [Bowe] takes responsibility for her play and wanted to make an impact there. She does what she needs to do, she does not need to be the star, but is a key role for us. We want her on the field as much as we can.”

Avery Shoemaker (Penn Charter) and Nora Bowen led UVA with two goals each.

Tar Heel Taylor Moreno (15-3) picked up the victory in the cage for Carolina, making 12 saves. Virginia’s Charlie Campbell (13-7) also played well and made 12 saves of her own in taking the loss.

Boston College 17, Princeton 12

The Princeton women’s lacrosse team went toe-to-toe with a powerhouse Boston College team for the first 30 minutes, or 30:55 to be exact. That’s when Tess D’Orsi scored on the first possession of the second half, tying the NCAA quarterfinal game and keeping Tiger dreams of a Final Four appearance alive.

And then, in a blink, Boston College did what almost nobody else could do to Princeton. The Eagles scored five times in less than three minutes, essentially putting things out of reach.

When it ended, BC had a 17-12 win –its margin of victory equaling that 5-0 run – and Princeton had to settle for an Ivy League championship, an Ivy League tournament championship and two NCAA wins to reach this round.

BC advances to next weekend’s semifinals against North Carolina at Johns Hopkins. Princeton saw its 11-game winning streak end.

“We knew how challenging this game was going to be,” said Princeton head coach Chris Sailer (Haverford High). “Boston College is a great team, one that certainly has as good a chance as any to win the national championship. We were confident coming in. We’re all sad to see it end like this, but that’s what happens in the tournament. I’m so proud of this team and its effort and what we accomplished this year.”

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