The No. 3 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (8-1, 4-0 ACC) defeated High Point (1-6, 0-0 Big South), 22-4, at Dorrance Field on Thursday evening.
The Tar Heels ripped off four straight goals in the first six minutes with junior attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger along with first-year attackers Marissa White, Kiley Mottice and Caroline Godine. Redshirt sophomore attacker Reilly Casey assisted on three of those goals.
Midway through the first frame, the Panthers got on the board when attacker Mena Loescher found attacker Jordan Miles. However, the Tar Heels responded with six unanswered goals, with Casey notching two more assists and a goal along with Mottice and Godine finding the back of the net once again. The Tar Heels closed out the first quarter with a 10-1 lead.
North Carolina continued its scoring barrage with sophomore midfielder Liv Pikiell finding White for a score, followed by Godine assisting Wurzburger to complete the junior’s hat trick to begin a running clock at Dorrance Field.
Panther attacker Emma Nowakowski briefly halted UNC’s momentum by assisting to Miles for another score, but the Tar Heels closed out the first half on a three goal run backed by graduate attacker Lauren Figura, redshirt first-year attacker Mackenzie Rich and first-year midfielder Kaleigh Harden. High Point trailed 15-2 at halftime.
Early in the second half, senior attacker Melissa Sconone tallied three quick assists to Rich, Figura and redshirt sophomore midfielder Brooke Baker to put the Tar Heels up 18-2. Rich scored another goal off an assist from Harden with just over six minutes left in the third quarter. Harden drilled the ball into the cage off an assist from redshirt junior attacker Brianna Lantuh.
First-year midfielder Darcy Felter scored in the waning seconds of the third quarter for a buzzer beater off a dime from Sconone to give UNC a 21-2 lead heading into the final frame. After a scoreless five minutes, Baker connected on an unassisted score to extend the lead to 20 goals. Loescher scored two goals late in the fourth quarter, one being unassisted and the other a free-position shot.