Taylor’s Takes: Going Deeper into the UNC-BC Result


Taylor’s Takes: Going Deeper into the UNC-BC Result

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Taylor Cummings is a three-time Tewaaraton Award winner, member of the United States Women’s National Team, inaugural Athletes Unlimited Lacrosse Champion, and head coach at McDonogh (Md.). “Taylor’s Takes” is presented by Gait Lacrosse. Be legendary.

The two best teams in the country – Boston College and North Carolina – faced off on Sunday, and the game lived up to every ounce of hype it received.

The afternoon felt like a rollercoaster in more ways than one, but ended with a 16-15 ACC victory at BC’s Alumni Stadium in front of nearly 6,000 cheering fans. Many writers, fans and Twitter users went back and forth in the days leading up to the match to find out which team would win, what would make the difference and who should step in to seal the victory. Common themes surrounding goaltending, star offensive power, draft controls, and overall team consistency came up time and time again in discussions and articles.

Now that the game is over and the Tar Heels finished on top, it’s time to analyze where each team has been successful and where there are areas for improvement for both programs as they move forward. One thing is certain, though – the lacrosse community is definitely hoping for another take on BC-UNC in the playoffs, because this game was so much fun to watch.

Who won the draw control battle? Person.

The draws were even at 18 apiece in this game, but the timing of the draw wins ultimately contributed to each team’s runs throughout the game. In the second quarter, UNC won four of five draws and put up a four-goal run to close out the half. Likewise, in their comeback effort, the Eagles won five of seven fourth-quarter ties to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to one goal. When you are able to play almost a “do it, take it” style in the center circle, it often leads to offensive success and a rested defense.

The battle of crosses was also interesting in this game. Charlotte North won all draws for the Eagles, while the Tar Heels alternated between Ally Mastroianni and Olivia Dirks. By using two crosses, UNC was often able to counter North’s self-drift and prevent him from finding the ball clean in the air, but the pair of North and Hollie Schleicher still managed to get some. get 13 on the ground alone. Mastroianni and Dirks have combined for 10 of 18 draws for UNC.

Who won the matches in the game – Jamie Ortega-v-Sydney Scales and Charlotte North-v-Emma Trenchard? All did.

Great plays often lead to great performances from top players, both offensive guns and defensive cleats. In this 1v2 match, the leaders on both sides of the court from each team stepped up when called upon and threw punches as well as took them.

Looking at the stat sheet, one would see that BC’s Scales stopped UNC’s Ortega relatively well in terms of production, limiting her to one goal and two assists thanks to her superb footwork and relentless pressure. . Ortega had some brilliant moments, however, and the timing of some of his goals and assists came at key moments.

Likewise, UNC’s Trenchard did well in limiting North’s offensive numbers, especially in the first half. She was able to force low-angle shots with great pressure on the ball. But just like Ortega, North made his presence known when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter. She, too, shot key shots in key moments.

In my opinion, all four players did their job extremely well and were made to work hard every moment of the game.

Who shone in the world of goalkeepers? Moreno more than Hall.

Rachel Hall and Taylor Moreno are two world-class goaltenders who make their respective teams shine. Hall dominated the last game of last year against the Tar Heels, but it was Moreno who shone in the last game, in my opinion. She made more key saves at critical moments than Hall (six saves to Hall’s five) and even easily took an eight-yard Charlotte North off the face. To her credit, Hall had some solid saves herself, but she didn’t produce the caliber of performance she had last May.

Which offensive unit showed up the most? UNC did.

Often in big games the outcome is not determined by one or two star players, but by the rest of the team. In Sunday’s game, with North and Ortega held relatively in check, it was the rest of UNC and BC’s offensive units that stepped up.

Boston College had seven offensive contributors, while UNC had nine. In my opinion, UNC did the best job of sharing the ball, incorporating all offensive weapons, and putting players in positions to succeed. Andie Aldave was magic from eight yards timing cuts beautifully, while Sam Geiersbach used sneaky dodges to dismantle the BC defense. Other threats to Scottie Rose Growney, Elizabeth Hillman, Caitlyn Wurzburger, Nicole Humphrey, Dirks and Mastroianni made them hard to stop.

What needs to be improved for both teams?

UNC’s biggest problem was in the revenue department. The Tar Heels had 12 turnovers to BC’s six, and in such a tight game, those few extra possessions could have been turned into a bigger lead for the Heels.

BC generated more shots on Sunday (36-30), but shot selection wasn’t always the best. Offensive players sometimes found themselves at wide angles or crashed into the eight yards and decided to shoot anyway, resulting in UNC saves or outs on the baseline. If the Eagles firm up on shot selection, they’ll be an even more potent offensive threat.

TAYLOR’S TOP 10

1. North Carolina
2. Boston College
3.Maryland
4. Syracuse
5. Northwest
6.Loyola
7. Duke
8. Stony Stream
9.Denver
10. Princeton

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