It’s a new year, but it’s the same result for the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team.
The top-seeded Tar Heels won a trio of games in Richmond, Va., to collect their second consecutive ACC Tournament title. Here’s a recap of the weekend that culminated with an 18-11 win over Syracuse.
Quarterfinal win against rival
UNC’s tournament run began early — 11 a.m., to be exact. The Tar Heels took on a familiar face in Duke, but they had no trouble in an 18-6 win. Sydney Holman accounted for six points, and 11 players notched at least one goal.
In under six minutes of action, North Carolina had already built up a 5-0 lead. By halftime, head coach Jenny Levy’s team had a comfortable 13-3 advantage. The offense slowed down a bit in the second half — with not much rest in between games, there was no reason to burn too much energy.
The Blue Devils only tallied three goals in the second half as well. UNC’s defense deserved plenty of credit for that stat and the win as a whole. Goalie Caylee Waters had eight saves, and the team forced 13 Duke turnovers.
Eagles test Tar Heels in semis
Molly Hendrick tallied five goals in the first half on Friday afternoon as North Carolina beat Boston College, 17-14, in the ACC semifinals.
Unlike the quarterfinal, this game wasn’t quite decided at halftime. After the Eagles scored the first goal of the game, UNC rattled off seven straight scores, four of them courtesy of Hendrick. At the break, Boston College had rallied to bring its deficit to 12-7.