Goals from redshirt senior Alexa Newfield and first-year Dorian Bailey were both set up from over-the-top passes as UNC (9-0-1, 2-0-0 ACC) put pressure on the Syracuse (4-6-1, 0-2-0 ACC) back line by sending people through behind and along the wings throughout the first half.
That relentless attack, coupled with the speed of UNC’s back line led to a 12-1 shot differential between the two teams in the first half and a 2-0 lead for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina - 3
Syracuse - 1
“The first half was fantastic,” Coach Anson Dorrance said. “We were pinging it, playing one-touch two-touch and we played very, very well.”
UNC’s pace of play was part of the more balanced plan on direct and indirect play Dorrance desires. It proved especially effective against Syracuse, which struggled at times to contain the athleticism of UNC.