The Northwestern women's lacrosse team's win streaks of 41 overall and 58 at home came to an end Sunday afternoon in an 18-16 loss to North Carolina.
It was a rematch of last season's NCAA championship game, which Northwestern won 21-7.
"A loss is never a fun thing, and this one is a tough one to take," head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said in a story on the school's Web site. "I don't necessarily subscribe to the notion that a loss can be a good thing, but now that we have lost, we need to see what we can take from it.
"There are a lot of little things we didn't do well today, and credit North Carolina for playing a great game. We just need to get better now as we move forward."
It was a game of momentum shifts as North Carolina twice rallied from four-goal deficits.
Wildcats senior Katrina Dowd tied her career best with seven goals and eight points.
The Tar Heels were led by Lauren Zimmerman's seven points, including five goals. Corey Donohoe and Becky Lynch each had five points for the victors.