The No. 8 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team narrowly defeated No. 1 Maryland, 16-15, in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium.
The Tar Heels (3-1) started off hot in the beginning, quickly rattling off three goals – two from first-year Ally Mastroianni and one more from first-year Jamie Ortega. Maryland could only respond with one goal, but everything went in the Terrapins' favor after that.
Maryland poured in six straight goals after that, moving ahead 7-3. In the first period alone, Carolina had 17 fouls to a mere six by Maryland (2-1).
This resulted in seven position shots for the Terrapins, converting who converted five of them. For the entire game, UNC had a total of 28 fouls, which led to 11 free-position shots and nine goals. Maryland held a 9-8 advantage at halftime.
In the second period, it was neck and neck throughout with Maryland always holding a slight edge. A UNC victory seemed improbable, but goals by Ortega and Ela Hazar in the closing minutes, along with a precise strike by Marie McCool in overtime, sealed it up in an electrifying fashion.
This victory gave McCool her first regular season victory against Maryland during her four years as a Tar Heel.
Who stood out?
The duo of Ortega and McCool is definitely one to keep an eye on. They combined for eight goals and three assists.