The No. 2 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (17-3, 5-2 ACC) defeated No. 6 Virginia (13-7, 3-4 ACC) on Saturday, 14-7, and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in the past 11 years.
Virginia's Nora Bowen began the day with the first two goals of the contest, and the Cavaliers took an early lead, 2-0.
North Carolina bounced back and got on the board when midfielder Scottie Rose Growney scored off a pass from Katie Hoeg. Virginia quickly recaptured their two goal lead when Lillie Kloak scored. The Cavaliers now led North Carolina, 3-1.
On the Tar Heels’ first free position of the game, Kara Klages scored. With that goal, North Carolina cut the Virginia lead to one for the second time. A couple minutes later, North Carolina was awarded its second free position of the game, and they capitalized on the opportunity. Midfielder Olivia Ferrucci received a pass from Hoeg, and shot the ball into the goal from the right side past the goalkeeper to tie the game, 3-3.
North Carolina took its first lead of the game with less than 10 minutes left in the half. With a man-down on the field due to a yellow card, UNC’s Gianna Bowe scored and gave her team the lead, 4-3. To close out the first half, both Jamie Ortega and Elizabeth Hillman scored for the Tar Heels.
In the first half, six different Tar Heels scored, and the leam led 6-3. In addition, North Carolina finished the half on a 5-0 scoring run, and kept Virginia scoreless for over 19 minutes.
North Carolina kept rolling in the second half. After the Tar Heels won the opening draw, Bowe was able to score her second goal of the game, and increase the North Carolina lead to 7-3. UNC’s Growney and Ortega joined in and scored their second goals of the game. The Tar Heels led the Cavaliers, 9-3.
Three more goals pushed the UNC lead to 12-3, and the Tar Heel run to 11-0. Though the Cavaliers would score four goals in the second half, it proved to be not enough, as North Carolina cruised to the 14-7 win and the Final Four berth.