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UNC Women's Lacrosse Pulls Off Comeback to Head to NCAA Finals

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 5/27/2022 Daniel Chavkin
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The Tar Heels scored eight straight goals to knock off Northwestern in the Final Four.

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North Carolina’s women’s lacrosse team came back from down seven goals against Northwestern in the Final Four to defeat the Wildcats, 15-14, in regulation.

Northwestern outscored North Carolina 6-0 in the first quarter, and the Tar Heels only scored two goals in the second, entering halftime down 8-2. The Wildcats largest lead was eight, as they were up 13-5 late in the third quarter.

Then, everything changed in a blink. Right before the third quarter clock expired, Caitlyn Wurzburger scored for Carolina to cut the lead to seven with 15 minutes left. After the two sides traded a goal each to begin the fourth, the Tar Heels scored eight straight goals, including five of the final six by Sam Geiersbach.

Geiersbach tied the game with 2:25 to go, then gave her team the lead with 1:03 remaining. North Carolina ran out the clock from there for the victory.

The top-ranked Tar Heels, who entered the tournament undefeated, will have a chance to make history with an undefeated season on Sunday in the championship game. They are looking for their third championship since 2013.

North Carolina will either face the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the tournament. Defending champion Boston College and a one-loss Maryland team are battling in the second semifinals for the right to play the Tar Heels. 

No matter what happens on Sunday, the Tar Heels were able to add a memorable moment to a memorable season in the semifinals.

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