The No. 1 ranked North Carolina women’s lacrosse team took on No. 17 James Madison University on Saturday in the first game of the regular season. The Tar Heels defeated the Dukes 15-7.
UNC took the lead right out of the gate with an early goal in the first period by junior midfielder Ally Mastroianni off the assist from US Lacrosse Magazine’s 2020 preseason national player of the year, junior attacker Jamie Ortega.
The Tar Heels kept the lead throughout the game in a strong victory. Midway through the first period, UNC scored four unanswered goals to close out the half, creating a more comfortable separation from the Dukes and pushing its lead to 7-2.
The Tar Heels continued to push right off the second period face-off, scoring two more unanswered goals. Both the scores were put away by junior midfielder Scottie Rose Growney and assisted by senior attacker Katie Hoeg.