Saturday’s 17-8 victory against Towson (9-7) was also an opportunity for the Tar Heels’ top-ranked freshman class to prove that the entire team will be a threatening force throughout the postseason.
Despite being out-shot and out-possessed by the Tigers in the first half, five different freshmen combined to give the No. 3 Tar Heels (13-3, 5-2 ACC) all of their first half goals and a 7-4 lead .
After the team controlled more draws and limited turnovers in the second half , senior team captain Abbey Friend gave North Carolina a second-half hat trick to seal one last regular season win after the team lost two straight ACC matchups .
“We had a lot more possession in the second half, and I think that was really important,” Friend said.
“Also just having the fire that I think we’ve kind of lost in the past few games – I think we got that back (Saturday) and I think that’s the biggest thing.”
Coach Jenny Levy said getting everyone involved and ensuring that her athletes knew their roles were priorities after Wednesday’s overtime loss to Duke and before the postseason begins.
Among those involved was senior defender Sloane Serpe , who scored twice to secure the first multi-goal game of her career , as well as freshman Sydney Holman and redshirt freshman Carly Davis , who each paid tribute to their upperclassmen with hat tricks .
“The freshmen really stepped up today,” Friend said.