UNC beats Boston College to win NCAA women’s hockey title

BALTIMORE — Sam Geiersbach scored three goals — including a go-ahead with five minutes left — as North Carolina beat defending champion Boston College 12-11 on Sunday to win the NCAA Women’s Hockey Champion.

The No. 1 Tar Heels finished the season 22-0, setting the school’s winning record and becoming the first undefeated national champion since 2017 (Maryland).

Charlotte North, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, leads Boston College (19-4) with four, and Cassidy Weeks with three.

Weeks and Jenn Medjid each scored before North’s streak at the end of the second and opened the third to give the Eagles an 8-7 lead. Jamie Ortega and Nicole Humphrey separated 61 seconds to give North Carolina a 10-9 lead early in the fourth quarter before a Belle Smith goal tied the game at 9:50 to tie the game at 10.

Geiersbach put the tar heels in front with 5:26 left, and Scottie Rose Growney scored with 2:23 left to give it a 12-10 lead.

North Carolina has won 49 of its last 50 games, 57 of its last 59 and improved to 16-0 against ranked teams this season, including 9-0 against top-10 opponents and 5 -0 against top five opponents.

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