Freshman goalie Caylee Waters watches Saturday’s match between the North Carolina and Boston University women’s lacrosse teams. She’s huddled with her teammates to guard against the icy breeze blowing from the snow drifts circling the field when a coach taps her on the shoulder.
“Warm up. You’re going in after halftime.”
Waters stays on the field at halftime with a coach, practicing defending shots in goal. This game — in which UNC won 18-8 — will be her first in action as a Tar Heel.
As the second half progresses, Waters struggles a bit. She allows four goals without a save, but she shows a glimpse of why she was named the best player in Connecticut and highly sought after as a recruit.
Midway through the half, she finds herself with the ball away from the goal in the left corner of the field trapped by several opposing players. But she finds an opening through the crowd of red jerseys to sling the ball to a waiting Tar Heel in the middle of the field. The pass to the middle carries more risk, but Waters trusts her teammate to make the play. It fits her identity as a player — the former midfielder likes to be aggressive and take risks.