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Scottie Rose Growney shows out in UNC's dominant rivalry win over Maryland

UNC junior midfielder Scottie Rose Growney (15) runs after the ball during the game against Maryland at Dorrance Field on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. No 1. UNC won against No 4. Maryland 19-6.

On a team with stars like junior Jamie Ortega and senior Katie Hoeg, Scottie Rose Growney was the name of the game on Saturday.

The junior scored a career-high six goals and led No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse to a dominant 19-6 win over No. 3 Maryland.

After their most recent meeting resulted in a heartbreaking 13-12 overtime loss last season, the Tar Heels brought the heat to the first game between the two teams in the new UNC Lacrosse Stadium.

“It’s one of our biggest games of the season, especially being a Tar Heel, and Maryland is our biggest rivalry,” Ortega said. “I think everybody was excited to play and anxious and just had all those butterflies. But once we stepped on the field, it was just game time.”

For the Tar Heels, the game started slowly despite the final score. When Ortega finally scored the first goal for the Tar Heels about four minutes in, Growney sprung into action, swooping inside for UNC's second goal less than a minute later.

At halftime, UNC led 7-4, with Growney having scored three for herself. Adrenaline was high. 

“It’s just one of those things, you just gotta keep going, keep putting the pedal down, and don’t let up," Growney said. "That was the mentality I think we all had going into this. We really just did not want to let up anything, give them any spark of hope that we were stopping or slowing down.” 

Driven by the momentum of the first half, the Tar Heels continued to push themselves into the second. And during the second half, North Carolina posted 12 more goals with Growney scoring three. 

“I think (Growney) just got aggressive from the attacks. She scored a lot coming around the crease in the second half, which we were on them to go a little harder,” head coach Jenny Levy said. “Scottie’s really talented, and she’s dialed in and working hard and getting better every day. It’s what we expect out of her, quite honestly.”

Growney's six goals broke her previous single-game record of four, set in 2019 against Florida. After putting up seven goals combined in UNC's first three games in 2020, the junior made her mark in the biggest game of the Tar Heels' season so far.

“Scottie played out of her mind," Hoeg said. "I mean, she was finishing her shots and putting the opportunities for goals away, and on the draw too. Her stick skills are just unreal.”

Hoeg and Ortega, UNC’s offensive dynamic duo, each scored four goals on Saturday. But that duo could become a trio with Growney's contributions.

“I think it was really to us to win that draw game, and I think we did a really good job in competing with that,” Growney said. “Jamie and Katie are amazing, and we’ve been really working on developing our chemistry together as a three-unit and with whoever else is on the field.”

With Growney’s contributions, the win by 13 marked UNC's largest-ever margin of victory against Maryland. Expect her role to continue to grow as the season continues for the top-ranked Tar Heels.

“She’s unbelievable," Ortega said. "I think a lot of people don’t see how great of a player she is, so they don’t even think of her and then she comes out and explodes. That’s exactly what she does; people get caught off guard on Scottie. 

"She’s the biggest thing right now.” 


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