This Wednesday, the No. 3 seed North Carolina women’s lacrosse team will play their first postseason game of 2023 when they travel to Charlotte to play the No. 6 seed Clemson Tigers in the first round of the ACC Championship.
UNC’s record of 12-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC has launched them into contention to win its seventh consecutive ACC Championships. But Clemson will not be an easy first opponent, as the Tigers have built a name for themselves during their program’s inaugural season. They currently hold a record of 12-5 as they look to upset the No. 3 team in the country.
On March 26, the Tar Heels and the Tigers faced off for the first time, and UNC took the game handily with a decisive 17-8 victory.
Here are three keys for UNC to pull out a victory and advance in the ACC tournament:
Continue the established offensive flow
First-year attacker Marissa White has proven to be an integral part of UNC’s offense this season. She is currently UNC’s leading scorer with 35 goals in her rookie year.
In UNC’s first matchup with Clemson, White led the team with five goals. These five goals came with assists from playmakers Caitlyn Wurzburger and Reilly Casey, who lead the team in assists with 29 and 26, respectively.
In each of UNC’s three losses this season, White scored two goals or less. UNC is undefeated when she scores three or more in a single game.
Similarly, UNC is undefeated when Wurzburger has three or more assists. In all three of UNC’s losses combined, Casey only had one assist.