The weather was suboptimal, but the UNC women’s lacrosse team’s on-field performance made up for it.
Back at home for the first time in three weeks following three road games, the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (11-3, 4-2 ACC) defeated No. 3 Syracuse (13-3, 5-2 ACC) 11-5 on senior day on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the UNC Lacrosse Stadium, staying sharp despite two weather delays.
The Tar Heels put in a team effort, as first-year Tayler Warehime matched her career high with four goals, Katie Hoeg provided a personal-best six assists and seniors Kara Klages and Gianna Bowe combined for five goals.
UNC got off to a good start by scoring the game’s first three goals after a 32-minute delay pushed back the beginning of the contest. Bowe, one of seven players honored on senior day, opened the scoring with her 13th goal of the season just 59 seconds into the game off of a free-position opportunity.
The Tar Heels’ second goal came via Warehime, who made a run toward goal and put her shot away after receiving a feed from Hoeg, one of UNC’s best playmakers. Hoeg, who leads the Tar Heels in assists, recorded the 100th of her career when she set up Klages for UNC’s third goal of the day.
By that point, nearly everything was going the Tar Heels’ way, with most of the action occurring near the Syracuse goal; they also controlled the game’s first three draws.
But the Orange eventually settled in, winning the remaining six draws of the first half. Syracuse’s leading scorer on the season, Emily Hawryschuk, found her groove and scored two straight to make it a one-goal game before teammate Morgan Alexander tied things up with 12:43 left in the first half.
The Tar Heels responded well to the Orange’s surge, however. Klages’ second goal of the first half but UNC back in the lead. Left unmarked, Klages cut inside the Orange’s zone defense and had plenty of space to maneuver before firing her shot past Syracuse goalie Asa Goldstock.