The No. 5 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team used a strong second-half surge to defeat No. 15 Syracuse, 20-11, on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Tar Heels (11-3, 5-1 ACC) scored first — a little over 30 seconds into the contest — with a goal from senior midfielder Maggie Bill, assisted by senior attacker Ela Hazar. Syracuse responded less than two minutes later with a goal of its own. However, Bill scored again on an unassisted goal with 26:12 remaining in the opening half.
Bill’s second goal of the game was followed by an unassisted goal from senior midfielder Marie McCool to give UNC a 3-1 advantage about four minutes into the first half.
The Orange struck back in the next minute on a goal from sophomore attacker Emily Hawryschuk. But the Tar Heels scored back-to-back goals yet again — both unassisted, from McCool and junior midfielder Kara Klages.
Down 5-2, Syracuse found the back of the net twice, for its own pair of goals. But UNC had the answer. Hazar scored on an assist from sophomore attacker Katie Hoeg, then Hazar facilitated Klages for her second goal of the first half.