The No. 1 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team beat No. 7 Florida by a score of 12-5 in its last game before it enters ACC play.
The first half was dominated by the Tar Heels. UNC outshot Florida 8-3 in the first quarter, consistently finding runners near the Gators’ goal mouth and generating shots.
Florida goalkeeper Sarah Reznick kept the Gators afloat in the first quarter with five saves. Reznick was only beaten by a quick strike by first-year attacker Marissa White, whose run past the Florida defense was found by junior attacker Reilly Casey and gave the Tar Heels their only goal of the first quarter.
The floodgates opened in the second quarter. North Carolina scored four goals in under five minutes, with a curled Casey swing from deep making the score 5-0 to UNC.
Florida, unable to advance into the final third or win its ground ball duels, wouldn’t register a shot until 4:36 left in the quarter. Despite Reznick adding six more saves, the Gators would concede again and find themselves down 6-0 at the end of the first half.
The Gators flipped the game’s momentum to start the second half, forcing three UNC turnovers in dangerous areas and scoring off all three. In three minutes, UNC’s lead was cut down to 6-3.
Florida would dictate the flow of the third quarter, winning five ground balls to UNC’s one and outshooting the Tar Heels 10-6. UNC, however, cleaned up its sloppy play and took its opportunities when they came, scoring three goals off their six shots and ending the third quarter up 9-4.