The No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team and No. 6 Notre Dame entered Sunday’s matchup with reputations for lighting up the scoreboard.
UNC touted the eighth-best scoring offense in the country, while the Fighting Irish held the second-best. And in the Tar Heels' 14-8 victory at Fetzer Field, UNC (10-2, 4-0 ACC) confirmed its offensive prowess while Notre Dame was held to its lowest scoring output of the 2016 season.
Before Sunday’s loss, Notre Dame (10-3, 3-3 ACC) averaged 16.08 goals per game. UNC’s defense cut the Fighting Irish’s scoring average in half, while its offense scored above its average of 13.73 goals per game.
“We were just being really smart about our slides,” said junior goalkeeper Caylee Waters on UNC’s defensive effort. “We knew their top players and that we couldn’t slide from their top players.
“They have a good handful of kids that can really shoot, so we were smart about our strategy and we communicated really well.”