PHILADELPHIA--The No. 6 Penn women's lacrosse team takes on its first ranked opponent Friday night when No. 9 North Carolina comes to Franklin Field. The game is set for 6:30 p.m. and is the night cap of a men's-women's lacrosse double-header. The men host Denver at 3 p.m.
Last season the Quakers traveled to Chapel Hill for their first ever meeting with the Tar Heelsand escaped with a one-goal win. The teams traded goals throughout the game, but Penn was able to hold the ball in the last three minutes of a tie gameand waitexecute a 30-second play, netting the dramaticgame-winner with 14 seconds left to play.
This season, the Red and Blue have secured two commanding wins over neighboring Drexel (10-4) and Cal (10-2). Junior Ali DeLuca leads Penn with five goals, five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Junior Emma Spiro has dominated the draws with seven.
The Tar Heels are 3-1 this season with a 12-7 loss coming to No. 1 Northwestern on Monday. UNC was able to stay within one at halftime, and tie the game early in the second. The Wildcats dictated the rest of the half with six goals before allowing a free position to the Tar Heels before the end of the game.
UNC is led by Corey Donohoe with 10 goals and an assist. Jenn Russell and Megan Bosica also boast double-digit point with nine and eight goals, respectively.
This will be Penn first match-up with a ranked team this season, though last year, the Quakers were 8-2 against ranked opponents.