Three Net Hat Tricks as No. 1 North Carolina Wins at No. 8 UVa

Casey Bocklet (three goals, one assist) and Liza Blue (three goals) led Virginia.

UNC improves to 7-0 this season with the victory, its 11th in a row dating to last year's NCAA championship run. Carolina is 2-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play this spring. Virginia falls to 2-4, 0-2.

The Tar Heels' 11-game winning streak is tied as the second-longest in program history. The 2002 squad won a school-record 12 contests in a row, and the 1997 and 2013 squads also put together 11 straight wins each.

Virginia jumped out a 2-0 lead in the opening two minutes on back-to-back goals by Bocklet, but the Tar Heels ripped off four goals in less than six minutes to take the lead. Four different UNC players scored during the run, including George, Reed, Holman and Messinger, as Carolina displayed a balanced offensive attack.

After UVa's Blue scored to make it 4-3, the Tar Heels scored three of the last four goals of the first half to take a 7-4 lead into the break. Friend scored the first of those goals, then assisted on a Messinger score with just 0:02 remaining in the half.

Virginia scored the first two goals of the second half to pull within a goal at 7-6 before George and Holman scored back-to-back goals in a 12-second span to build a three-goal lead again and stop the momentum. After another Cavalier goal made it 9-7, the Tar Heels scored five in a row to go ahead 14-7 and essentially put the game out of reach with 6:42 to play. Friend had two goals and Holman had two assists during the 5-0 run.

UNC controlled 22 ground balls in the game to Virginia's 13, helping to overcome a 15-11 Cavalier advantage on the draw. The Tar Heels out-shot UVa, 43-27.

Carolina will return to action on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. against Elon at Fetzer Field.

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