The names Jamie Ortega and Katie Hoeg will be heard announced throughout the UNC Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium a lot this season.
The attacking duo is the core of the offense for the No. 1 North Carolina women's lacrosse team, and showcased their skills Sunday in the Tar Heels' dominant 22-5 victory over Davidson.
Ortega and Hoeg combined for 16 of UNC's 38 points on Sunday, easing back into the dominant roles they played last season. Both Tar Heels had breakout seasons last year, combining for 216 of the team's 490 points, and became the first and second Tar Heels to break 100 points in a single season.
The sheer dominance of this duo would be intimidating to any goalkeeper.
"We'll play defense against them in practice, and let me tell you, they manage to find seams that we don't really see that often," UNC starting goalie Taylor Moreno said. "So, they really challenge us a defensive unit, but they also challenge each other."
Hoeg is known for controlling the ball, while Ortega has a knack for getting open, exploiting seams and finding the back of the net, over and over and over again.
"We just have great chemistry on the field," Ortega said. "Just seeing her on the field and knowing when to cut and I just know when she's going to cut, we just read each other really well."
Both Hoeg and Ortega also earned UNC single-season records last year, with Hoeg racking up 73 assists and Ortega recording 81 goals.
"Last season was a breakout year for both of them," head coach Jenny Levy said after the game. "... I don't think either would have done it without the other, so they're just continuing on the success they had last year."