UNC Women’s Lacrosse Blasts Virginia 24-2 in Second Round of NCAA :: WRALSportsFan.com

Top-ranked North Carolina scored goals from 14 different players and dominated Virginia 24-2 in the second round of the Women’s Lacrosse Championship on Sunday afternoon at Durance Field.

The 24 goals are a school record for most games in an NCAA Championship and equal the program’s total record for any game. The 22-goal winning margin also ties in with the UNC overall record, which was set against Longwood in 2007.

Jimmy Ortega scored four goals and two assists for Carolina, with Kaitlin Wurzberger contributing one goal and six assists. Alli Mastroianni (three goals, one assist, five equalisers), Scotty Rose Grooney (three goals, one assist) and Andy Aldev (three goals) all scored hat-tricks.

With the win, Carolina advanced to host the NCAA quarterfinals game Thursday, May 19th at Durance Field against Stony Brook, who defeated Rutgers on Sunday. The Tar Heels are seeking their 10th trip to the NCAA Semifinals in the last 13 years and their fourth in a row.

Carolina will appear for the sixth time in the NCAA quarterfinals in the last seven tournaments (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022). The Tar Heels have won nine of their last 12 quarter-final matches.

UNC beat Virginia for the 12th consecutive time and the 21st time in the series’ last 22 encounters.

The Tar Heels kept the Cavaliers goalless in the second half and outplayed the Cleveland, 11-0, after the break. Carolina was associated with 24 of 37 shot attempts in the game for a strong team shot percentage of 0.649.

Taylor Moreno (19-0) started scoring and made five saves in 47:48 action to seal the cage win, improving to 67-6 in her career.

UNC is 68-6 in its last 74 games against ACC opponents (regular season and post-season). The Tar Heels improved to 28-3 at home in the NCAA Championship and won their 19th consecutive NCAA second-round game.

The NCAA will announce the playing times for the NCAA Quarterfinals games Thursday night Sunday.

Notes:

a team

• Carolina won the 46th time in the last 47 games and 54 in the last 56 games.

• UNC is 68-6 in its last 74 games against ACC opponents (regular season and post-season).

• Carolina has won 32 consecutive home games, the longest running streak in program history.

• UNC is 28-10 in the last 13 NCAA tournaments (beginning in 2009).

• Carolina 28-3 at home in the NCAA Championship.

• Tar Heels have won 19 consecutive NCAA second round games.

• UNC has advanced to the NCAA quarter-finals for the sixth time in the last seven tournaments.

• The victory over Virginia was the 19th UNC Championship of the season, moving it to second place in the program’s history for most victories one season. Both teams won 2016 and 2021 with a school record of 20 games.

• Carolina beat Virginia for the 21st time in the last 22 meetings in the series, including the 12th in a row. UNC leads the all-time series against UVA, 32-13.

• The current UNC Senior Class (2018-22) improved to 80-9 in five seasons.

• Carolina improved to 13-0 this season against the seeded teams.

• Tar Heel coach Jenny Levy won her 37th game in the NCAA Tournament, passing Cindy Timshall to finish fourth in NCAA history for most NCAA championship wins.

• UNC has scored double-digit goals for the 55th time in its last 56 matches.

An individual

• Taylor Moreno improved her record of goals to 67-6. She has started 73 consecutive cage games dating back to 2018.

• Scotty Rose Grooney has scored 21 goals and four assists in his last five games.

• Jamie Ortega scored at least one point in 82 consecutive games and 87 out of 88 in her career.

• Ortega has 457 career points, most of them in ACC history.

• Ortega is third in NCAA history in terms of career goals with a score of 329.

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