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Ortega and McCool lead North Carolina women's lacrosse past High Point, 14-10

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North Carolina and Navy players fight for the ball during a NCAA quarterfinal match on May 20, 2017, at Fetzer Field.

The No. 7 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team defeated High Point University on Friday evening by a score of 14-10. 

What happened?

The Tar Heels quickly jumped out in front as first-year attacker Jamie Ortega scored less than one minute into the game.

High Point would even the score a few minutes later, but UNC would score consecutive goals in less than one minute to jump out to a 3-1 lead.

With less than 20 minutes left in the first half, UNC lead 5-3,. However,  three straight goals for the Tar Heels extended the lead to 8-3  with 11:32 remaining in the first half.

High Point would answer with a goal of its own, but North Carolina was still able to take a 10-5 lead into halftime.

The Tar Heels extended thw lead to 12-5 in the second half after two straight goals from sophomore attacker Katie Hoeg. 

High Point closed out the game on a 5-2 run, but could never cut its deficit to less than four. The Tar Heels held on for a 14-10 victory.

“It was great to get back out on the field,” head coach Jenny Levy said. “We were ready to play after a tough loss last weekend. Every opponent gives us a different challenge and helps us to continue to get better and grow.”

Who Stood Out?

Jamie Ortega and Marie McCool led the way for UNC on Friday — both contributed three goals each. In addition, to their standout performances, North Carolina was helped by Katie Hoeg and Gianna Bowe, who both scored two goals.

When was it decided?

Hoeg’s two second half goals put the game out of reach for High Point, and it sealed the Tar Heels' first victory of the 2018 season.

While Hoeg’s goals turned out to be the difference in the game, North Carolina’s first half 7-2 run gave the Tar Heels an insurmountable lead.

Why does it matter?

UNC won its first game of the season on Friday after losing a late lead against James Madison and falling in its season opener last Saturday.

North Carolina held a 12-5 lead late in this game as High Point attempted to come back. Unlike last week, the Tar Heels were able to hold onto their lead and secure a victory.

“We did a lot of great things on the field tonight,” Levy said. “But it is early in the season and I know we will continue to improve on the details, specifically taking care of the ball and limiting our turnovers.”

When do they play next?

UNC now turns its attention to its home opener on Sunday at noon against Liberty University in Kenan Stadium.


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