The No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team marked its second game of the season with a 24-3 win at High Point University on Friday evening.
It took the Tar Heels just 33 seconds to take the lead, when an assist by senior Katie Hoeg set up junior Ally Mastroianni for the first goal of the game. UNC then scored five goals in the next 10 minutes, with two from Hoeg, two from junior Jamie Ortega, and one from sophomore Tayler Warehime.
The Panthers’ first goal wouldn’t come until there was 9:18 remaining in the first period, at which point North Carolina had already amassed 11 goals. The Tar Heels would respond to High Point’s goal with four more goals in the period to extend their advantage to 15-1 heading into the second period.
The second period was pretty much the same story for UNC. It was prolific on offense and stingy in defense, scoring nine goals and only allowing six shots on goal from its opponent.
The Panthers were able to find the back of the net for a second time 3:48 into the second period, but the Tar Heels responded with eight unanswered goals to make it 24-2 with 4:47 left on the clock.
High Point was able to find a goal for the third and final time with 3:07 left to go, but North Carolina held on for a 24-3 win.
Who stood out?
Ortega led North Carolina’s offense, recording six goals and two assists, which were the same numbers she posted in the last meeting between the teams, a 13-9 UNC victory in Chapel Hill. Four other Tar Heels had multiple-goal games. Hoeg had four, Warehime and junior Scottie Rose Growney each had three and first-year Julia Dorsey contributed two.
When was it decided?
A Tar Heel victory was pretty much assured midway through the first period, when UNC had amassed a 10-0 advantage. Heading into halftime, North Carolina held a 15-1 advantage, and had extended its lead to 24-3 by the end of the contest.
Why does it matter?
The win extends UNC’s perfect start to the season to a 2-0 record. And, the Tar Heels were the favorite coming into the match, holding the No. 1 ranking. The win also extends North Carolina’s lead in the all-time series between the teams to 8-0.
When do they play next?
North Carolina returns to action Sunday when they host their home opener against Davidson on Dorrance Field at 2 p.m. It will be the teams’ first meeting since 2003, when the Tar Heels won by a score of 14-1.
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