The No. 4 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team exerted its dominance over its bitter rivals Saturday, as UNC defeated Duke, 19-7, clinching the ACC regular season title.
The Tar Heels scored quickly, and they scored a lot. Senior Carly Reed got things started for UNC with a goal in the first five minutes. Thirty seconds later, junior Marie McCool ripped one into the net, and the Tar Heels had a 2-0 lead.
With 16 minutes left in the half, The Blue Devils were able to counter with two goals of their own, tying the game at 3-3. But the tie was fleeting. Senior Sammy Jo Tracy sparked a momentum-shifting run by the Tar Heels at the 15-minute mark in the first half. Fueled by three goals from senior Molly Hendrick, UNC went on a 6-0 run in eight minutes. Duke put up two goals, but the teams entered halftime with the Tar Heels leading 11-5.
UNC never lost the momentum. Just five minutes into the second half, Hendrick posted yet another goal, giving the Tar Heels a 15-5 lead and a running game clock for the remainder of the game. UNC found the back of the net four more times to finish off the Blue Devils, 19-7.
Who stood out?
Hendrick put on a clinic, scoring a team-high seven goals, which were a career high for the senior. Sophomore Caroline Wakefield recorded three goals and three assists of her own.