The No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team dropped its second game of the season after being dominated 17-10 by No. 6 Florida at home.
This one was going Florida’s way the entire game.
The Gators (4-1) got off to a hot start, scoring the first four goals of the game. The North Carolina (3-2) defense was obviously shaken, and the offense wasn’t doing much better in the first half.
Senior Marie McCool tried to stop the bleeding with a goal at 15:28 mark in the first half, but it just couldn’t get the team going. Every time UNC tried to grab some momentum, Florida was right there to answer.
One of the key moments in the game came when Jamie Ortega got onto the board to make the score 7-4. The Tar Heels had just gotten two in a row they were looking confident. If they had managed to cut it even closer before the half, North Carolina would have been able to come back.
Instead, the Gators retaliated with two quick goals. UNC got one more before the break, but Florida owned a 9-5 lead.
The second half wasn’t any kinder to the Tar Heels, as Florida continued to assert its dominance.
McCool got a lot more aggressive in this half, scoring three of her four goals. But while she was finding some space, the team as a whole continued to struggle. North Carolina actually outshot the Gators 39-29, but Florida goal keeper Haley Hicklen finished with 16 saves.