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UNC Women’s Lacrosse: Final Rankings

The ACC Champions finish the season No. 3 in the final national poll.

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship Photo by Greg Fiume/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The North Carolina Tar Heels women’s lacrosse season fell short of their ultimate goal this year with a loss in the NCAA Tournament national semifinal.

After ranking second in the preseason poll, UNC nabbed the top spot in the national polls. Carolina retained the top spot in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), Inside Lacrosse, and USLacrosse rankings the entire season until the final poll after the national championship.

The Tar Heels finished third in the final IWLCA poll.

Despite their first and only loss of the season occuring in the national semifinal, UNC had a successful season.

The team recorded 20 straight wins to start the season. This was the best start in program history, and tied the record for most program wins in a season. Tack on the seven wins from the cancelled 2020 season, and that 27-game winning streak is seventh-longest in NCAA history.

During that win streak, UNC captured their fifth-straight ACC Tournament Championship with a 9-4 victory over Syracuse.

Carolina led the nation in scoring defense (6.57), save percentage (.553) and fewest turnovers committed (10.43). The team was in the national top ten for scoring margin (9.05), clearing percentage (.922), assists per game (8.90), and shooting percentage (.485).

Five Tar Heels earned First Team All-America honors from the IWLCA, Inside Lacrosse, and USLacrosse:

  • Katie Hoeg - Attacker
  • Jamie Ortega - Attacker
  • Ally Mastroianni - Midfielder
  • Emma Trenchard - Defender
  • Taylor Moreno - Goalie

Congratulations to the Tar Heels on a successful season!