After a Saturday matchup with James Madison was postponed, the No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team began its 2021 season with a top-10 matchup against No. 6 Stony Brook on Sunday.
The game was immensely physical for a season-opener, but a potent offensive attack and elite play from UNC goalkeeper Taylor Moreno led to a 14-7 North Carolina victory. Here's how UNC was able to come away with a win in its first competition in nearly a year.
Two goals by Stony Brook in the first five minutes left UNC trailing and looking to battle back, a position the Tar Heels don't often find themselves in. But by the end of the match, North Carolina was able to put 14 goals on the board from six different players.
Redshirt senior Katie Hoeg was the first to strike, as she responded quickly to Stony Brook’s early lead by putting the Tar Heels’ first goal on the board. She later put another shot in the back of the net, giving her two goals for the match.
Next to score was junior attacker Tayler Warehime. She was able to maneuver through Stony Brook's defense and put two goals in the net to bring the score even at 3-3. Warehime later added two more goals to the Tar Heels’ score, totaling a team-high four in the match.
“Once we got in rhythm on attack, it was all go," Warehime said.
Senior attacker Jamie Ortega also proved to be essential in UNC’s offensive attack, as she was able to capitalize on three of her four shots on goal.
Senior midfielder Ally Mastroianni and senior attacker Scottie Rose Growney both scored two goals for UNC, and redshirt sophomore Elizabeth Hillman posted one goal in the match.