No. 4 JMU women's lacrosse drops season opener at No. 2 UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Second-ranked North Carolina jumped out to an early four-goal lead and never looked back, upending No. 4 James Madison 18-7 in the 2019 women's lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium.

The Tar Heels (1-0) had three players record hat tricks, led by Jamie Ortega's five goals. Tayler Warehime notched four goals, and Katie Hoeg registered a game-high nine points off three goals and six assists.

Senior attacker Hanna Haven led the Dukes (0-1) with three points off a goal and two assists, while both junior attackers Logan Brennan and Maddie McDaniel each had a pair of goals. It was the first career two-goal game for Brennan. Senior defender Caroline Sdanowich tied for game-high honors, with three caused turnovers.

UNC surged to a 4-0 lead just over six minutes into the game, leading wire-to-wire to end JMU's 14-game win streak dating back to last season. Leading 5-2, Hoeg scored two of UNC's three goals in less than a five-minute span to up its lead to six, as the hosts would later take a 9-3 advantage into the locker room.

After three straight Carolina goals to open the second half, JMU notched three of four goals to make it a 13-6 game with 11:44 to play. After a Tar Heel timeout, they came back with five of six goals to earn the largest win in the 11-game series between the teams.

"Give credit to UNC, they played a great game of lacrosse today," Head Coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. "They dominated the draw and it was hard for us to earn possession. Our defense did a decent job considering how much UNC was in the offensive end, but the reality is we need more on offense. This is a JMU team that is used to a tough schedule. We should be capable and able to rebound right now and that's what we expect of them. I'm excited to see JMU work harder and want it more."

--UNC out-shot the Dukes 32-19, including 27-17 in shots on goal.
--The Tar Heels dominated the play in the circle, with a 22-5 advantage on draw controls.
--JMU committed just 10 turnovers to UNC's 15, but Carolina had an 8-6 edge in caused turnovers.
--Taylor Moreno earned the win between the pipes for UNC, tallying 10 saves (.568). Redshirt sophomore Molly Dougherty made nine stops (.333) in the defeat, as she was handed her first career loss (14-1) when being the goalie of decision.

--JMU's starting 12 had a much different look in game one, as six players made their first career starts on Saturday.
--Brennan notched her first career multi-goal game, one of which came from the free position.
--Freshman attacker Kacey Knobloch also scored her first career goal in the second half.

JMU returns to action on Wednesday, February 13 when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., to face No. 14 Virginia Tech. First draw is set for 4 p.m. and it will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.