For the No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team, a trip to the final four is no longer just a dream — it’s an expectation.
After beating Virginia on Saturday at Fetzer Field in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Tar Heels (14-5) are just one win away from their third consecutive final four appearance.
“We kind of have set the bar for the future of UNC women’s lacrosse,” senior Taylor Chumney said. “It has now become not just a hope to get to the final four, but a goal each year that is expected… because we know that we can do it.”
UNC will host No. 6 Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Because the Tar Heels generally play top-ranked non-conference opponents during the regular season, the squad is used to being familiar with its tournament opponents.