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UNC stuns Northwestern with seven-goal comeback to advance to title game

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North Carolina lacrosse is on to the NCAA title game after mounting a seven-goal comeback in the fourth quarter of its Final Four contest Friday against Northwestern. The Tar Heels advanced with a stunning 15-14 victory.

Northwestern got off to a hot start, going up 6-0 before a weather delay sent both teams back to the locker room.

North Carolina attempted to respond after the weather delay, scoring back-to-back goals and bringing the score as close as 8-3.

But the fourth quarter proved the difference maker.

Northwestern once again opened up its lead, taking a 14-7 advantage early in the quarter. From there, though, the Tar Heels mounted their comeback, scoring the final eight goals of the game.

At one point, North Carolina scored three goals in 35 seconds.

After that, the floodgates seemed to open. The Tar Heels won six out of seven draws to tie the game at 14 goals apiece.

With 1:03 remaining, Sam Geiersbach scored the go-ahead goal – her fourth straight and fifth on the day.

Taylor Moreno would make a key save with 30 seconds left to give UNC back to ball and end the game.

North Carolina, still undefeated, advances to the national championship, where the team will have a shot at the national title against the winner of No. 3 Boston College vs. No. 2 Maryland.