Despite the tough weather conditions, the No. 1 UNC women's lacrosse team (12-0, 6-0 ACC) defeated the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-3, 3-3 ACC), 11-10, in a competitive match on Saturday afternoon, making for a 12-game winning streak this season.
“This was one of those games where we knew that we would be tested,” head coach Jenny Levy said. “I was more curious about how we would respond.”
North Carolina’s offense started the game off strong as junior attacker Tayler Warehime scored the team's first goal. She was followed by senior attacker Jamie Ortega who quickly put the score at 2-0, with the Tar Heels in the lead.
The Fighting Irish refused to back down, though, as Hannah Dorney scored the first goal for Notre Dame.
North Carolina exploded for the remainder of the half, with first-year attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger, graduate midfielder Kerrigan Miller and senior attacker Scottie Rose Growney scoringfour more goals for the team.
Notre Dame kept the pressure on the Tar Heels as the Irish tied the score 6-6 with a goal from Maddie Howe. With just one second remaining in the first half, Notre Dame’s Jackie Wolak scored, putting the Fighting Irish in the lead, 6-7.
Within the first two minutes of the second half, Ortega scored to tie the game at 7-7. This was just the beginning for Ortega, who did not let up for the remainder of the game. She went on to quickly score another point, putting the Tar Heels back on top with a one-point lead.
Miller kept up the momentum, scoring her second goal of the game and putting North Carolina at a 2-point lead with the score at 9-7.