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2016 Tournament Matchup Likely UNC vs Duke

The 2016 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament is out and UNC the #3 seed overall. Many would argue they deserved the #2 seed after winning the ACC regular season and tournament championships but that is another article for another time. With the #3 seed, UNC will host the first two weekends of NCAA Tournament.

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Marie McCool Named 2016 ACC Tournament MVP

This was a tough one. UNC had plenty of candidates for tournament MVP. Megan Ward played amazing in goal. Sammy Jo Tracy and Kelly Devlin has a number of important goals to keep them in games. Aly Messinger had the game winning goal and a hat trick in the championship game to go along with two assists. In the end, the MVP went to sophomore Marie McCool.

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Was Marie McCool’s Stick Illegal?

Marie and Jenny Levy sure didn’t think so. All UNC fans were hoping it was not, but the referees thought differently. It is interesting that it took so long for the refs to figure this out. One would imagine it is as simply as a stick check and on with the game. What would have happened if Sammy Jo Tracy, Mallory Frysinger or Molly Hendrick would have won the draw? Would the refs have deemed their stick illegal?

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Kelly Cross Scores with 0.2 Seconds Left in ACC Tournament Championship

You couldn’t have scripted it any better. With time running out Kayla Treanor wildly threw a pass to the middle of the field where all Kelly Cross used all her 5’11” frame to grab the ball and get it past Megan Ward to tie up the 2016 ACC Tournament Championship Game. Here is the still shot of the ball leaving her stick:

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Aly Messinger’s Game Winning Goal Gives UNC ACC Tournament Championship

Wow! What a game. The emotional roller coaster of the 2016 ACC Tournament Championship game ended with Aly Messinger sprinting across the crease and bouncing one into the back of the net to give UNC their first ACC Tournament Championship since 2002 and just their second ever. It was one of the most improbable victories in recent history as the Tar Heels started the overtime down two players with both Marie McCool and Alex Moore getting yellow cards before the end of regulation.

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Tar Heel Defense Spurs Comeback Victory Over Duke

The UNC vs Duke rivalry remains heated in every single sport. After demolishing the Blue Devils in the regular season, the Tar Heels needed a comeback victory in the ACC Tournament to advance to the championship game. Things looked bleak as the Blue Devils were up 6-4 with less than 15 minutes to play. Fortunately, the Tar Heels were not going easy into the Blacksburg, Virginia night.

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Virginia Tech is No Test for the Tar Heels in the ACC Tournament

The 2016 ACC Tournament started off just the way the Tar Heels wanted it to – in dominating fashion. The Heels jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in Blacksburg. With the 2016 ACC Tournament being held at Virginia Tech some felt as if the Hokies could give the Tar Heels a challenge on their home turf but that was not the case. When all was said and done the Tar Heels beat the Hokies 19-6.

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UNC Inks #1 Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting Class for 2016

ILWomen.com has ranked the 2016 recruiting class and UNC comes it at #1.

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2016 Season Captains Named

The 2016 captains are:

  • Kelly Devlin
  • Stephanie Loeb
  • Molly Hendrick
  • Caylee Waters

This years team will have very little depth and experience on defense so Jenny Levy will look to both Stephanie Loeb and Caylee Waters to anchor the defense. Kelly Devlin is a fifth year (redshirt) senior that has been on two teams that made it all the way to the national championship game. Molly Hendrick will be coming off ACL surgery and will be the vocal leader in the midfield.

UNC 2015 Fall Ball Schedule

The fall 2015 UNC Women’s Lacrosse schedule has been released. Here it is:

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (ET)
Fri, Oct 02 Winthrop (exhibition) Chapel Hill (Eddie Smith Field House) 5:00 PM
Sat, Oct 10 Johns Hopkins (exhibition) at Baltimore, Md. (Roland Park Country School) 3:00 PM
Sun, Oct 11 Loyola at Baltimore, Md. 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct 24 Duke Tournament at Durham, N.C. All Day
Sat, Oct 31 Jacksonville (exhibition) Chapel Hill (Finley Field) 10:00 AM
Sat, Oct 31 Alumnae Team Scrimmage (exhibition) Chapel Hill (Finley Field) 12:00 PM

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