No. 1 Syracuse Downs No. 5 UNC on the Road, 14-12; Ends UNC 41-Game Home Winning Streak

Sunday, Apr 16, 2023 at 9:07 pm by Sports Editor

Adam Avin | @_adamavin
CitrusTV Women’s Lacrosse Beat Reporter

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Delaney Sweitzer has been called “the best goalie in the country” by her head coach and others, and proved why that might be true once again. Sweitzer tied her career-high with 15 saves and played a big role in helping No. 1 Syracuse (15-0) defeat No. 5 North Carolina (11-3), 14-12, yesterday.

This game is arguably one of the most historic wins in Syracuse program history. The Orange snapped a seven-game losing streak to Tar Heels, as well as North Carolina’s 41-game home winning streak. ‘Cuse also tied its longest win streak in program history with 15 straight wins. Meaghan Tyrrell scored six points (2g, 4a) which moved her past Coach Treanor into second place on Syracuse’s all-time points list, increasing her total to 394 (Katie Rowan – 396). Delaney Sweitzer also added two caused turnovers and six ground balls to her excellent performance in the draw circle.

It wasn’t all easygoing for Syracuse. A 15-minute scoring drought from SU let UNC back in the game, but thanks to back-to-back goals from Olivia Adamson and Natalie Smith, the Orange went into the fourth quarter with an 11-9 advantage. Olivia Adamson didn’t have her best day in the draw circle, after setting a career-high vs. Clemson last week. Syracuse lost the draw battle 18-12, which led to a lot more possessions and shots for UNC.

The Tar Heels wouldn’t go away, tying the game at 12, when Megan Carney scored on an assist from Emma Tyrrell. Less than two minutes later, with 1:12 left in the game, Emma Tyrrell (4g, 2a) capped off the win and put away any chance the reigning national champs had of coming back in the game.

Syracuse closes out the regular season against No. 7 Boston College on Thursday, April 20 at the SU Soccer Stadium.