Number 4 ranked Syracuse (12-3, 4-1 ACC) will host No. 3 North Carolina (11-2, 5-0 ACC) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, April 16 at 12pm. Last year the Orange lost to UNC in Chapel Hill during the regular season, 15-8. Syracuse then went on to beat the Tar Heels 9-8 in the ACC Championship game. The two teams have played seven times, with Syracuse leading the series 5-2.
The Orange haven’t lost since March 19 at Boston College while the Tar Heels come to Syracuse having not lost a game since February 27 against Maryland.
The Orange are led by Kayla Treanor in all key stats. She leads the team in scoring with 35 goals, in assists with 22, and in draw controls with 131. Halle Majorana follows Treanor in points with 27 goals and 20 assists and Nicole Levy rounds the top three with 29 goals and 16 assists. Twenty-one different players have scored for the Orange this season.
The Tar Heels are led by junior Molly Hendrick with 42 goals and nine assists this season. Sophomore Marie McCool follows with 30 goals and 8 assists. Senior Sammy Jo Tracy is UNC’s third threat but is also a threat to Treanor on the draw. Tracy, who was just a freshman when she scored the game winner in the team’s first National Championship back in 2013, has won 94 draws this season. Expect her to give Treanor a hard time at the draw circle.
Syracuse goalie Allie Murray has started all 14 games and has compiled a total of 77 saves with a save percentage of .421. The Tar Heel’s starting goalie is junior Caylee Waters. Waters has faced 209 shots this season and has a save percentage of .486 throughout the 13 games.
Both teams will have just one more ACC game left after Saturday. Syracuse will host Louisville on April 23 when North Carolina will host Duke. The Tar Heels are ranked first in the ACC with no conference losses. The Orange are right on their heels (no pun intended) ranked second with just one loss. The ACC tournament should be interesting with both of these teams as contenders for the championship.