Jamie Ortega led the North Carolina women's lacrosse team with six goals as the Tar Heels toppled the Cardinals, 17-6, on their home turf on Saturday. The win improved UNC’s record to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play, while Louisville dropped to 4-10 overall and 0-5 in conference.
After dropping their second conference game in three matches, the Tar Heels traveled to Kentucky hungry for a win.
None had a bigger appetite than Ortega, who scored six goals and tallied nine points as the Tar Heels built a massive lead in the first half. UNC opened up with the match’s first six points, including three from Ortega, before Louisville found the back of the net.
Leading 6-1 with 13 minutes left, UNC went on a 7-0 run to close the first stanza.
By halftime, UNC had built an insurmountable 13-1 lead and fended off the Cardinals' second-half push.
After the break, Louisville outshot the Tar Heels 17-9 and outscored them 5-4, but ultimately UNC's first-half explosion proved too much to overcome.
Who stood out?
Ortega led the charge for the Tar Heels in one of her best games of the season.