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No. 1 UNC women's lacrosse stays unbeaten with 20-8 home win over No. 25 Virginia Tech

UNC sophomore attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger (13) dodges around the crease against Virginia Tech on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill. UNC won 20-8.

The No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (11-0, 4-0 ACC) continued their undefeated season as they defeated the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies (8-5, 2-3 ACC) by a score of 20-8 on Saturday.

What happened?

It was a closely-contested first quarter between the Tar Heels and the Hokies as both teams scored two goals. The Tar Heels managed to outshoot the Hokies in the first quarter, but graduate goalie Morgan Berman shined for the Hokies with three saves.

The Tar Heels’ offense got rolling in the second quarter as they scored seven unanswered goals to make the score 9-2. The Hokies pushed back with two quick goals before halftime, but the Tar Heels largely dominated the first half. 

The Tar Heels continued to score goals nearly at will in the second half, putting home five more goals in the third quarter to make their total 14. North Carolina was patient moving the ball and always waited for the perfect opportunity to fire a shot, which contributed to their on-field success in a big way. 

Who stood out? 

Fifth-year senior attacker Scottie Rose Growney scored three goals for the Tar Heels in the first half while junior midfielder Olivia Dirks and senior midfielder Brooklyn Neuman each added two goals of their own. The Tar Heels had scored at least twenty goals in four of their past five games, and their electric offense showed no signs of slowing down. 

In the second half, fifth-year senior attacker Jamie Ortega scored her third goal of the game and reached 300 career goals, which is third place all-time in NCAA women’s lacrosse. Ortega’s success today was accompanied by many more goals from her teammates as six Tar Heels had at least two goals in the game.

When was it decided?

The game was essentially decided in the first half when the Tar Heels found the back of the net nine times. North Carolina also held its own on the defensive side of the field, holding Virginia Tech to just four goals in the first half. 

In the third quarter, the Tar Heels scored five goals as opposed to the Hokies’ three. The Tar Heels kept their foot on the gas in the second half and never let the Hokies regain any momentum. North Carolina’s massive first-half lead proved too difficult for Virginia Tech to surmount, and the Tar Heels never gave up too much ground throughout the rest of the game.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels maintained their undefeated record, moving to 11-0 on the season. Even though there were moments in the game where it looked like the Hokies may have been gaining some momentum, the Tar Heels were able to regain their footing and extend their lead. 

Jamie Ortega also made history as the third-place all-time goal scorer in the NCAA, which is a grand testament to not just her talent, but to the success of North Carolina’s women’s lacrosse program. 

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, April 2nd, in hopes of continuing their undefeated season.

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