George, Holman, Friend Propel No. 1 UNC Past Vanderbilt

CHAPEL HILL Defending NCAA champion North Carolina got strong offensive days from freshman Sydney Holman and seniors Abbey Friend and Taylor George as it defeated Vanderbilt, 22-8, in women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels (4-0) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes. UNC then let the Commodores (2-2) back in the game at 8-6 late in the first half before blowing things open with five consecutive goals in the final 3:05 before the break. Carolina also scored nine of the first 10 second-half goals to take a commanding, 21-7 lead it would not relinquish.

Friend scored a career-high six goals and George scored a career-high five times, while Holman tied the UNC school record with six assists while also adding a goal. Holman assisted on four of George's five goals, and Holman's six assists matched the program single-game record set by Amy Fine versus Boston College on March 4, 1997.

Junior Sarah Scott set a school record by controlling nine draws. The previous high of eight was set by Kristen Carr against Richmond on Feb. 22, 2009.

The Tar Heels got three goals from Carly Reed, two goals and one assist from Aly Messinger, two goals from Molly Hendrick and a goal and two assists from Sam McGee. Maggie Bill and Paige Hanson each added single goals for UNC.

The Commodores got two goals each from Alexa Kunowsky, Abby Wheeler and Emma Dagres and a goal and an assist from Mallory Schonk.

Sophomore Megan Ward started in goal for the Tar Heels, played the first half and picked up her fourth win of the season. Ward allowed six first-half goals and made two saves. Freshman Caylee Waters played the second half and made six saves while allowing two goals. Maddie Kratz went the distance in goal for Vandy, making 11 saves.

The Tar Heels out-shot the Commodores by a 42-20 margin and the UNC defense forced 18 Vandy turnovers.

Carolina will return to action on Thursday Feb. 27 in its Atlantic Coast Conference at 7:00 p.m. against Notre Dame at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.

2014-02-22



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