The top-ranked North Carolina women's lacrosse team seems to be on a mission this season after a devastating double overtime defeat against Boston College ended its season in the NCAA semifinal last May. Early in 2020, the team has left no doubt that it is the squad to beat in women’s collegiate lacrosse right now.
North Carolina has jumped out to a commanding 5-0 record so far this season, with three of its wins coming by double digits. Here's how the Tar Heels have gotten off to such a hot start.
Jamie Ortega and Katie Hoeg's dominance on offense
As a sophomore last year, Jamie Ortega became the first Tar Heel to record over 100 points in a single season. Later in the season, fellow attacker Katie Hoeg recorded her 100th point as well.
Both were great last season, but they have started the 2020 campaign on another level. The duo has led the Tar Heels' scoring barrage this year, combining to record 71 of the team’s 147 points. To put their blistering starts into context, both are ranked in the top three in points per game in the nation.
Ortega set the UNC record for most goals in a season last year with 81, while Hoeg set the assist record in 2019, and each is on pace to exceed their own records this season.
While Ortega is only a junior, she is on pace to crack the top 25 in career goals in the NCAA by the end of this season and go down as one of the best scorers ever in college lacrosse. Early in her third year with UNC, Ortega has 174 career goals and needs just 63 more scores to enter the top 25.
The pair make up the most lethal duo in college lacrosse, and seem to be on a mission following last year's heartbreaking loss in the postseason.