UVa Women's Lacrosse Loses to UNC in NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
The UVa women's lacrosse team fell behind 4-0 early against North Carolina and never could take the lead, losing 13-9 to the Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
Virginia's season ends with a record of 11-10.
The Tar Heels scored 10 goals on 10 shots in the first half, taking a 10-2 lead into halftime.
Virginia outscored UNC 7-3 in the second half, but couldn't overcome the early deficit.
"We knew it was going to take a perfect game on our end to be able to come up with the win today and we clearly weren't perfect," said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. "The opening minute when we let three goals in made us play it a little behind the ball for a bit too long. If we could redo that first minute, I think we've got ourselves a good chance at a win. I am proud of our effort, especially in the second half. We challenged the girls at halftime to come out better, strong and faster and to play with the spirit we are used to seeing. I think our fourth-years in particular led the charge and our team followed along. I'm proud of our fight, especially in that comeback run of the second half."
Courtney Swan and Liza Blue each had two goals for Virginia, while freshman Kelly Boyd had a hat trick.
Boyd says, "I know we kind of dug ourselves a hole early in the game by getting down that many, but I really did think we had a chance."
Senior Megan Dunleavy says, "Every game you have to start off strong, especially in the Elite Eight. You can't just come out slow in the first half. That was frustrating. I think we did a good job fighting back, we just didn't have enough time."
Virginia had lost to North Carolina by just one goal earlier this season in Chapel Hill.
The 'Hoos have now lost eight straight to UNC.
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