The No. 5 North Carolina women’s lacrosse team (11-3, 6-2 ACC) fell to No. 1 Syracuse (15-0, 8-0 ACC), 14-12, at Dorrance Field Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Senior Tar Heels attacker Melissa Sconone opened the scoring on senior day. Her short-range goal was assisted by first-year attacker Caroline Godine.
The Orange responded quickly with goals from midfielder Emma Tyrrell, midfielder Maddy Baxter and then another from Emma Tyrrell. UNC senior attacker Nicole Humphrey halted the run with a goal assisted by junior attacker Caitlyn Wurzburger.
The Orange advantage was two once more when junior midfielder Natalie Smith scored a goal assisted by attacker Meaghan Tyrrell. Meaghan Tyrrell then found Emma Tyrrell, who spun away from a Tar Heels defender and rippled the net. The Tar Heels squandered two man-up opportunities in the first quarter, and the Orange led 5-2 after 15 minutes.
UNC struck first in the second when Humphrey doubled her goal tally. But the Orange were relentless. Goals 22 seconds apart by midfielder Savannah Sweitzer and attacker Megan Carney stretched the Syracuse lead to four.
Godine and Smith traded unassisted goals midway through the quarter. UNC junior midfielder Alyssa Long kept the Tar Heels in touch when she dashed to the cage for a free-position goal.
The Tar Heels struggled to beat Syracuse goalkeeper Delaney Sweitzer late in the half, but UNC first-year attacker Marissa White found a way through in the final minute to trim the Orange advantage to just two at halftime.
Both teams slowed the pace and looked solid defensively to begin the second half. Six minutes ticked off the clock before Godine rifled past Sweitzer to get UNC within one.