It was a record-breaking day for the North Carolina women's lacrosse team in its 21-12 victory over Syracuse on Thursday night.
Four separate ACC Tournament records were either tied or broken as UNC marched to a dominant victory. First-year Jamie Ortega tied the ACC quarterfinal record for most goals in a game with six and seniors Ela Hazar and Katie Hoeg each tied the ACC quarterfinal record for points in a game with seven apiece. As a team the Tar Heels set a new program record for goals in an ACC Tournament game, as well as tying the record for goals scored in a tournament contest by any ACC team.
“I really think we stepped up,” Ortega said. “Just coming out fast and strong because we knew Cuse was going to be a different team from when we played them last time, and that we can’t just expect them to not be as good or aggressive.”
The No. 5 Tar Heels (14-3, 6-1 ACC) historic day started off with a remarkably fast start. The team had a few mishaps in the first minute of the game, but were able to recover and score its first goal just 80 seconds into the contest.
Once the initial goal was scored, the floodgates opened and UNC jumped out to an 11-2 lead with 14 minutes still to play in the first half.
“I really like our energy,” head coach Jenny Levy said. “I like our focus, and I like the fact that we’re trusting each other on the field. We have a lot of interchangeable parts.”
North Carolina struggled before halftime as Syracuse went on a 4-3 run to narrow the Tar Heel lead to 14-6 at the break.
In the second half, the scoring would slow down. UNC scored half as many goals in the final 30 minutes as it did in the first, but it was still more than enough to win as the team held on for the 21-12 victory.
“Obviously, we came out really strong,” Hazar said. “For next game, we have to play a full 60 minutes. There were some bumps here and there, but I feel pretty good where we are as a team.”