For Laurie Schwoy, the resurgence could not have come at a more opportune time.
The North Carolina women's soccer team trailed Virginia late in the second half of Saturday's third-round NCAA matchup. A loss would have prevented UNC from advancing to the final four for the first time in tournament history.
Schwoy, a fifth-year senior midfielder, faced the grim prospect - along with the other Tar Heel seniors - of having her collegiate career end in such ignominious fashion at Fetzer Field.
But Schwoy kept her career alive and ensured that UNC would not make history this season, scoring the game-tying goal in the 68th minute with a header off a corner kick.
UNC went on to win the game 2-1 to advance to a meeting in the elite eight with Connecticut at home Saturday.
"There's something weird about this place," Schwoy said. "Every time we go down, we always know we're going to come back. That's kind of a bad thing - (UNC coach Anson Dorrance) always tells us that we shouldn't think that or tell each other that it's going to come.
"I've been down more than a couple times in my career, and we come through. There's something special about this program."
Schwoy has been down more than usual during the past two years. A hamstring injury forced her to sit out all of last season and problems with both hamstrings required surgery prior to this season, which has translated into reduced playing time.