The North Carolina women's lacrosse team will look to continue its hot start to the season on Saturday, when the Tar Heels take on No. 9 Virginia in a marquee matchup at Dorrance Field.
The Tar Heels came away with their most impressive win of the season last Friday in a 16-5 thrashing over No. 4 Boston College. The 2022 national championship rematch was hardly a challenge for UNC, as the team jumped out to a big lead in the first half and never looked back.
In its third game in ACC play, UNC is in the midst of one of its most difficult stretches of its 2023 schedule. Virginia is 6-0 for the first time since 2007 and recently defeated Elon, 18-12, on the road.
Jaime Biskup and Kate Miller led the Cavaliers to the win over the Phoenix. Biskup had four goals and an assist while Miller scored three of her own and tallied three assists to record a career-high six points.
With both teams fighting to maintain their undefeated records, here are two keys for the Tar Heels to bring home a victory on Saturday:
Slowing down Virginia's attack
UNC has consistently held teams to low scores with its stifling defense. No team has reached double digits against the Tar Heels thus far, and the team's scoring defense ranks third in the nation with just 6.2 goals allowed per game.
This defensive effort has been maintained thanks to the contributions of sophomore goalkeeper Alecia Nicholas, who has recorded 47 saves with a .603 save percentage. She has been tasked with filling in the footsteps of longtime goalkeeper Taylor Moreno this season, and the early results have been promising.
On the flip side, the Cavaliers have proven to have an explosive offense and have not scored fewer than 14 goals in a game this season. All-ACC First Team selection Ashlyn McGovern has proven to be one of the most dynamic scoring threats in the nation, as she has already notched 24 goals in six games. Rachel Clark has also been productive, totaling 23 goals and six assists.