The No. 5 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team extended its win streak to five games, crushing Canisius, 22-3, on Sunday morning in Syracuse, N.Y.
The Tar Heels (11-3, 5-1 ACC) jumped out to a fast start, scoring five consecutive goals in less than six minutes. During this stretch, UNC was led by attackers Ela Hazar and Katie Hoeg. Hazar scored two of the five goals, and both goals were assisted by Hoeg.
The Golden Griffins responded with two goals of their own, both scored by Jourdan Roemer. However, North Carolina closed out the first half on a 5-1 run, giving the Tar Heels a 10-3 lead at halftime. Hazar and Hoeg scored one goal each in this stretch and Hazar recorded two assists. At the half, Hazar led the team in scoring with three goals and two assists.
In the second half, the scoring margin grew even larger. North Carolina scored 14 straight goals, 12 of them in the second half, while blanking Canisius en route to the 22-3 victory.
The most remarkable part of the Tar Heels’ scoring streak was the number of players involved. UNC had 10 different players score on its 14-0 scoring streak, including two goals from Hoeg, attacker Gianna Bowe, and midfielder Olivia Ferrucci.
Who stood out?
Hazar led the way for the Tar Heels by scoring four goals. In addition, she added three assists for a total of seven points. Bowe and midfielder Maggie Bill had three goals apiece, while Bowe added two assists. Hoeg led UNC in assists with four and also totaled two goals.
When was it decided?
The outcome of this game was out of doubt early on. North Carolina’s initial 5-0 run would have been more than enough to secure a victory. However, the Tar Heels added on 17 more goals.
Why does it matter?
The Tar Heels victory adds another win to their already impressive resume. North Carolina is now riding a five game win streak, including a dominating 20-11 victory over No. 16 Syracuse and a one-goal victory over No. 13 Virginia Tech.
The Tar Heels will head into their final game of the regular season on fire, coming off multiple dominating performances this weekend. If UNC can pick up a win in its final game against No. 19 Duke, the team will enter postseason play as one of the hottest teams in the country.
When do they play next?
North Carolina will next take action on Saturday, hosting Duke at Kenan Stadium at 3 p.m.
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