On Saturday afternoon, the No. 3 North Carolina (4-1) women’s lacrosse team celebrated its debut in the new UNC Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium with a 21-11 win over No. 5 Northwestern (4-2) in a powerhouse matchup between two of the best teams in the country.
The new stadium seems to pay homage to the previous field, with the traditional blue track that had previously surrounded Fetzer Field being replaced by blue seats around the complex for the fans.
“It’s awesome,” sophomore Jamie Ortega said. “I've never played on this field. As soon as I got here (last year), we played in Kenan Stadium, so being able to start off our year here is something amazing.”
Despite the excitement around the new stadium, the Tar Heels weren’t going to allow themselves to be distracted from the game. Heading into Saturday, UNC was coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss to No. 2 Maryland, 13-12. After the game, junior Olivia Ferrucci talked about how the team’s mindset propelled North Carolina to bounce back from the previous loss.
“We were kind of under-impressed with our own performance,” Ferrucci said. “We wanted to come out today and show what we truly have.”