Trailing Maryland 8-4 midway through the first half, the No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team was struggling to earn possession of the ball.
At 5-foot-3, junior Sarah Scott — North Carolina’s draw control leader – was facing off against an opponent who was six inches taller. The Terrapins had won nine straight draw controls and looked like they were ready to run away with the lead.
Maggie Bill, a 5-foot-7 freshman known for her athleticism, made sure that didn’t happen.
Bill took the reigns in the draw circle and helped her team win three straight draw controls, all of which led to goals, to trim Maryland’s lead to just one goal.
In a game with two potent offenses, controlling possession usually meant controlling the score. Bill’s efforts on the draw were undoubtedly a key element in leading her team to a 17-15 victory against the No. 2 Terrapins.
“Maggie was outstanding today,” coach Jenny Levy said. “I thought she was the margin of difference for us on many different occasions.
Bill left her mark all over the game. In addition to being in the draw circle for eight of her team’s 10 draw controls in the game, she also scored the first and last goals for the Tar Heels as well as two back-to-back goals during a 5-0 run for UNC in the second half.
The five-point game is a career high for the freshman, who came to UNC as the no. 2 ranked recruit in the nation.
“(Bill) really just took control of the game,” senior captain Abbey Friend said. “She got us the ball, which we really needed.”