Fetzer Field was still buried under layers of snow Saturday afternoon. Forced to move its game to the adjacent turf of Navy Field instead, the No. 3 North Carolina’s women’s lacrosse team (5-1) knew it would be braving the cold for its matchup against No. 7 Northwestern (3-2). It also knew that this game against Northwestern — in more than just a change in venue — had to be different.
Wildcat keeper Bridget Bianco had given UNC all kinds of trouble, ending the day with 13 total saves, stopping all four free position shots she faced, and helping her team to a one-goal lead with 14 minutes remaining.
That was when Bill decided enough was enough. She charged at the goal again and again and strung together a series of three unassisted goals in the next 10 minutes, including the final dagger of the game that sealed North Carolina’s 12-11 victory.
Bill’s hat trick doubled her goal output on the season and began just minutes after fellow midfielder Sammy Jo Tracy had buried the final goal in her own hard-earned hat trick.
“(Bill) is remarkable,” Tracy said. “She’s really fun to play with and I love to encourage her because if you do, she does amazing things and it makes the game of lacrosse so much fun to watch.
“I was just like, ‘Let’s go, baby!’ And she had that fire under her butt. She took their girls to town and broke a couple of ankles, too.”