When tasked with replacing Caylee Waters, twice the National Goalie of the Year, head coach Jenny Levy didn’t limit herself to just one option.
Instead, the North Carolina women’s lacrosse head coach decided to implement a two-goalie system.
Sunday’s 23-4 win against Liberty marked the third time in as many games that Elise Hennessey and Taylor Moreno split duties in goal for seventh-ranked UNC (2-1).
Hennessey, a sophomore who served as the team’s backup in 2017, has started and played the first half in each of the Tar Heels’ three games. Each time, she’s been replaced at halftime by Moreno, a redshirt first-year who missed last season after tearing her left ACL.
Playing multiple goalies is a change from last season, one in which Waters started every game and played just over 1,139 minutes out of a possible 1,200. But the move isn’t unprecedented.
From 2014 to 2016, Waters regularly split time with Megan Ward, a partnership that helped produce a national title in 2016.
Similar to those days, Levy said there’s little separating her two goalies at the moment.
“With Elise and Taylor, same thing,” Levy said. “They’re both really good goalies and they both have different strengths, and I know that the people playing in front of them have confidence in both. There’s no reason to only play one.”
After allowing 15 goals in a season-opening double-overtime loss to James Madison and 10 more in a four-goal win against High Point, UNC only gave up four to Liberty. In the first half, Hennessey was responsible for one goal on three shots, while Moreno allowed three on five shots after halftime.