The No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (9-1, 5-0 ACC) defeated the No. 22 Clemson Tigers (9-4, 1-4), 17-8, at Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill on Sunday afternoon.
The Tar Heels wasted no time on the attack, scoring on the first possession of the drive. First-year attacker Marissa White scored off an assist from sophomore attacker Reilly Casey. Shortly after, a feeling of deja vu washed over Dorrance Field as White scored yet again on an assist from Casey.
Junior attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger, sent in the third goal in just over five minutes for UNC, marking a trend of offensive dominance that would come to define the afternoon in Chapel Hill. Wurzburger scored her second unassisted goal in a row ahead of a media timeout as UNC boasted a 4-0 lead.
Like a broken record, White scored on an assist from Casey. The first-year attacker had a first quarter hat trick with three goals in nine minutes of play. All three goals were assisted by Casey.
Finally, the Tigers scored for the first time ever at Dorrance Field with a goal from midfielder Jalyn Jimerson. Clemson swiftly followed that score with another goal to bring the Tigers within three as UNC led 5-2 at the end of the first.
UNC redshirt first-year attacker Mackenzie Rich dropped her defender with a fake and scored the first goal of the second quarter. Just after that goal, a bizarre situation broke out as officials stopped play due to a potential footwear violation. A green card was issued to one player on each team for possessing illegal equipment, which in this case was wearing metal spikes.
When play finally resumed, Rich dropped in her second goal of the day. The Tar Heels kept attacking with another shot between the pipes, the first of the day for first-year midfielder Kaleigh Harden. With a goal off a free position, senior midfielder Nicole Humphrey became the fifth Tar Heel to score. Those three goals brought the first half to a close as UNC led 9-3.
White dropped in her fourth goal of the day to get UNC started in the third quarter. Shortly after, senior midfielder Olivia Dirks scored UNC’s second goal of the half. The Tigers responded with their first goal of the half ahead of a media timeout as UNC led 11-4.