After a semifinal loss in last year’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team will look to compete for a national championship yet again in 2020.
UNC went into the 2019 NCAA Tournament on a six-game winning streak, including an ACC Championship win over Boston College, before the No. 3 seed Tar Heels dropped a heartbreaking double-overtime game in a Final Four rematch against the Eagles.
With eight seniors returning and six Tar Heels slated as preseason All-Americans, North Carolina will look to turn a preseason No. 1 ranking from Inside Lacrosse into its third ever national championship and its first since 2016.
Junior attacker Jamie Ortega posted a record-breaking offensive season for North Carolina last year, becoming the first Tar Heel to reach 100 points in a season and finishing with an incredible 81 goals and 31 assists.
Ortega wasn't the only Tar Heel to put together a record breaking campaign last year — senior Katie Hoeg became the second UNC player to cross the 100-point mark in a season, finishing with 104 off of 31 goals and 73 assists.
All three of North Carolina’s starting attackers started at least 14 games last year. An extremely skilled and experienced UNC attack will be a constant threat for opponents all year, and could possibly make North Carolina’s offense one of the most productive in the country.
While North Carolina’s midfield is young, boasting only two upperclassmen projected to be starters, there is still plenty of talent to be found in the unit.