Coming off of an overtime loss to Notre Dame earlier in the week, the Orange (9-6, 2-4 ACC) were looking to win their third conference game of the season. No. 2 UNC (12-2, 5-1 ACC) would be having none of that. After a slow start, the Heels went on a 6-1 run from 20:48 to go in the half until the buzzer. All six of their goals were scored by different players. Kayla Treanor, Caroline Webster, and Gabby Jaquith were the lone scorers in the first half, all with one a-piece.
Halle Majorana scored to start the second half, but UNC scored five more in-a-row. Majorana, Treanor, and Loren Ziegler contributed to the Orange's 4-3 run following, but it would be too late, as the Tar Heels' defense stymied Syracuse.
Final Score: UNC 15, Syracuse 8
Treanor, Majorana, and Ziegler each had two goals for the Orange. Webster and Jaquith rounded out the offensive side of the game for the team. Kailah Kempney had four draw controls, and the team was held to 11 total, compared to UNC's 14. In goal, Kelsey Richardson had 11 saves and allowed 15 goals.
For the Tar Heels, nine different players scored, a true team effort. Sammy Jo Tracy led the way with three, followed by Maggie Bill, Sydney Holman, Carly Reed, and Kelly Devin all with two. Tracy also had six draw controls in the game, the next closest player with two. Caylee Waters and Megan Ward each played one half between the pipes for UNC. Waters had five saves on three goals while Ward had four saves on five goals.
Syracuse travels to Louisville, KY today at 2 p.m. for their last away game before the ACC Tournament next week. The Cardinals and Orange have similar records going into this afternoon's game. Louisville is also coming off of two consecutive losses, therefore both teams have the same goal of solidifying what spot they'll take in the conference tournament.