The No. 5 North Carolina field hockey team defeated No. 1 Syracuse on Friday by a final score of 3-2. The Tar Heels pulled off the upset over the Orange on a game winner in the second overtime period from Malin Evert.
Syracuse scored first on a goal from Serra Degnan, her second of the season. North Carolina quickly countered, though, when Lauren Moyer found the back of the cage right before the end of the first half. For much of the game, that was the theme — Syracuse scoring and North Carolina finding ways to respond.
In the second half, North Carolina had three penalty corners within the first few minutes of play. The Tar Heels weren’t able to capitalize on any of those chances, but they set the tone for how North Carolina would attack and play aggressively in the second half.
Again, though, the Tar Heels’ offensive control and aggression didn’t immediately translate to the scoreboard. Syracuse’s Jennifer Bleakney got the first goal of the second half. Lauren Moyer countered with her second goal, a beauty that just snuck by the goalie from a tough angle.
UNC had their foot on the gas pedal all through the second half, but Syracuse goalie Regan Spencer came up with one big save after another to keep the score tied at two.