The No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (4-1) beat No. 5 Northwestern (3-2), 21-11, on Saturday, handling a fellow top-five team in the Tar Heels' first game in the new UNC Lacrosse & Soccer Stadium.
UNC starting scoring early with a free position goal from sophomore Taylor McDaniels in the fourth minute. First-year Elizabeth Hillman scored another goal for the Tar Heels off an assist from sophomore Jamie Ortega, before Northwestern countered early to bring the score to 2-1.
Senior Gianna Bowe assisted Ortega for North Carolina’s third goal, one that would kick off a 6-0 run for the Tar Heels. Sophomore Taylor McDaniels scored with 20:41 left in the first period off an assist by junior Olivia Ferrucci. Ortega scored her second goal of the game off a free position shot. A minute later, Ferrucci picked up a ground ball and scored UNC’s sixth goal. McDaniels and Tayler Warehime scored two more goals for the Tar Heels before Northwestern ended the run and scored, at which point the Wildcats trailed, 8-2.
The Northwestern momentum would be short lived, as UNC then ripped off six more goals before halftime to Northwestern's one. Senior Kara Klages kicked off the run with her first goal of the game, assisted by McDaniels. Ferrucci scored North Carolina’s 12th goal, before Ortega scored a man-up goal after a Northwestern yellow card. UNC ended the first half with a dominant 14-3 lead.