The No. 4 seed North Carolina women's lacrosse team (15-4) breezed past Sacred Heart (11-8), 16-5, during the first NCAA tournament round at Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon.
The Tar Heels came out strong, despite missing their first two shooting space shots on the 8-meter. First-year Caroline Godine picked up where she left off in the ACC tournament, with 9 minutes left in the first quarter. After a breakaway pass from Walker-Welch, Godine weaved past the Pioneer's defense to make the game 1-0.
The third shooting space call of the game against Sacred Heart came with 6 minutes left in the first quarter, and this time, the Tar Heels were able to finish. Casey made a clean pass to White as she finished with a stealthy bounce shot.
Casey caught her second goal of the match and her 30th of the season. This was quickly followed by a down-low cut on the crease by Wurzburger, quieting the Sacred Heart defense after a strong few minutes.
However, Martin ended the quarter well for the Pioneers, with a huge save on a Tar Heel power play, giving them a confidence boost before the second quarter. This did them well, as first-year Maggie Araneo, coming off of her game-winning goal in the NEC tournament final, hit sophomore Alecia Nicholas with her first big shot of the game, making it a 4-1 match.
Less than two minutes later, Sacred Heart got their second of the day from a post-picking shot to narrow the lead to two.
Walker-Welch came fighting back with a tough ground ball win, keeping the Tar Heel's possession up and wearing Scared Heart down by the minute. Almost identical goals came back-to-back off assists from Sconone and two upper left shots from White and Casey, pulling the lead to 6-2.
The second quarter was full of back-and-forth goals between the teams, with many upset fans from the Sacred Hearts side due to the numerous calls against the Pioneers.