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Conestoga grads Clark (UVA), Growney (UNC) lead teams into semifinals in ACC playoffs

Saturday, 30th April 2022

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/30/22
From Press Releases

Rachel Clark (Conestoga) scored six goals and set a school record for goals by a freshman Friday night as 6th-seeded Virginia stunned 3rd-seeded Syracuse, 18-14, to advance to the Atlantic Coast Conference Semifinals with a 18-14 win at Notre Dame’s Arlotta Stadium in Indiana.

UNC’s Scottie Rose Growney (left), UVA’s Rachel Clark

The Cavaliers (9-8) took the lead for good when Clark (58 goals this year) put her up 12-11 late in the third period. Clark – who tied her season high and had her 14th hat trick – also had an assist and a groundball. Clark was the lone freshman to make the All-ACC team.

UVA will meet second-seeded Boston College at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in Notre Dame.

Senior Myla Grace Barnett (Baldwin) had a career-best three caused turnovers and a groundball and teamed with Devon Whitaker (Episcopal Academy) to play strong defense on the vaunted Orange attack. Ashley Vernon (Shawnee) had five saves.

Sam Swart (Archbishop Carroll) had one goal for Syracuse.

Growney (Conestoga) leads UNC into semis

Top-seeded North Carolina dominated possession and eased by eighth-seeded Pitt, 15-6, on Friday afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinal at Arlotta Stadium.

Carolina outshot the Panthers, 42-10, won 17 of 25 draw controls and had a season-high 12 caused turnovers as a team. Six Tar Heels scored goals, and eight of UNC’s goals were assisted.

Scottie Rose Growney (Conestoga) tied her season high with five goals for the second game in a row, recording her third career game with five-plus scores. Sam Geiersbach came off the bench to tally four goals and an assist, and Jamie Ortega had three goals and an assist. Caitlyn Wurzburger scored once and dished out three assists.

The Tar Heels won their 16th consecutive ACC Tournament game (the longest streak in history) and improved to 13-0 all-time in ACC quarterfinal contests. They meet 4th-seeded Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Sunday.



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