No. 2 North Carolina Runs Past High Point

CHAPEL HILL Second-ranked North Carolina got four goals and four assists from Becky Lynch and three goals and three assists from Corey Donohoe and completed its regular season with a 20-4 win over High Point on Friday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

Lynch moved into second place on the UNC career assist chart in the game. She now has 67 assists in her career and a school-record 32 this season. Carolina's 20 goals were a season high.

With the win, the Tar Heels close the 2011 regular season with a 13-5 record. High Point, in its first season as a varsity program, falls to 15-4.

In addition to the output of Lynch and Donohoe, Laura Zimmerman had four goals and one assist, Sarah Kuonen had two goals and two assists and Brittney Coppa had two goals and one assist. Abbey Friend scored twice for the Tar Heels and Kara Cannizzaro had a goal and an assist. Margaret Corzel and Taylor George each scored once for Carolina.

High Point got single goals from Jasmine Jordan, Mackenzie Carroll, Christie Dougherty and Chelsea Thompson.

Zimmerman started the game off with a free position goal just 25 seconds into the game. Twenty-eight seconds later, Lynch made it 2-0 with a goal off a pass from Donohoe. Shortly thereafter, it was 3-0 when Zimmerman's second goal came off a pass from Lynch, who then scored back-to-back goals to make it 5-0 and force a Panthers timeout at the 25:19 mark.

It was more of the samethroughout the rest of the first half as the Tar Heels cruised to a 15-2 lead at the break. Lynch had three goals and four assists by halftime and Zimmerman had four goals and one assist in theopening half. Carolina outshot the Panthers 22-4 and won 17 of 19 draws in the opening half.

In the second half, Lynch scored her fourth goal off a pass from Donohoe less than 10 minutes into the period to put the Tar Heels ahead 16-2. HPU scored to make it 16-3 before Carolina scored twice more to lead 18-3. The Tar Heels cruised the rest of the way to the victory.

Lauren Maksym started in the cage for UNC and played the first 40 minutes, allowing two goals and recording two saves. Britt Giacco relieved Maksym and finished with four saves and two goals allowed. The Tar Heels outshot High Point by a 27-11 margin and won 21 of 27 draws.

The NCAA will announce bids for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night. Carolina hopes to host a first-round game next weekend in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were No. 5 in this week's NCAA RPI report, trailing Northwestern, Maryland, Florida and Duke.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- High Point University had four different scorers but couldn't overcome No. 2 North Carolina's attack, taking a 20-4 loss to the Tar Heels on Friday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)) had three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls.

"This game was great to show us what we need to do this summer to prepare to play more teams like this in the future," said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "We're excited to bring in our new recruiting class in the fall and add to what we already have. The difference in this game was mainly possession and draw controls. North Carolina is a good team and we wish them luck in the NCAA Tournament."

High Point finished its season with a 15-4 record, the most wins in history for a first-year NCAA Div. I program. The previous best was a 13-4 record by Navy in 2008. North Carolina improved to 13-4 and will next play in the NCAA Tournament.

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