No. 1 North Carolina Storms Past Elon to Win 7th Straight

CHAPEL HILL Top-ranked North Carolina got goals from 12 different players and defeated Elon, 20-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Fetzer Field. Carly Reed, Sam McGee and Taylor George led the scorers with three goals each for the Tar Heels, who now have scored 20 or more goals in a school-record four games this season.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at 7:00 p.m. but was moved earlier in the day due to a rainy weather forecast in the evening.

UNC improves to 8-0 this season with the victory, its 12th in a row dating to last year's NCAA championship run. Elon falls to 3-4. The Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak is tied as the longest in program history. The 2002 squad won a school-record 12 contests in a row.

Abbey Friend had five total points on two goals and three assists to lead the Tar Heels to the win. Sydney Holman had a goal and three assists and Aly Messinger had a goal and two assists. In addition to the hat tricks from Reed, McGee and George, UNC also got two goals from Maggie Bill and one apiece from Paige Hanson, Lindsay Scott, Carly Davis, Paula Schmidt and Maggie Auslander.

Elon got a goal and two assists from Sloane Kessler and two goals each from Olivia Fernandez and Anna Vitton.

Carolina jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first 4:35 of the game with George and Reed scoring twice apiece during the run. Elon responded with back-to-back goals to cut it to 5-2 at the 18:47 mark, but the Tar Heels then scored seven goals in a row for a 12-2 lead. It was 14-3 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the second half. Elon scored the first goal after the break to make the score 14-4, but Carolina scored four in a row and six of the last seven goals for the final, 20-5 margin.

The Tar Heels dominated the statistics, out-shooting the Phoenix 46-13 and dominating both the ground balls (28-13) and draw (19-8).

Megan Ward started in goal for Carolina and improved to 7-0 in the cage, allowing three goals and making four saves in the first half. Caylee Waters played the second half in the cage, making two saves and allowing two goals. Rachel Ramirez went the distance for Elon, recording 18 saves.

Carolina will return to action on Saturday March 15 at 1:00 p.m. against 12th-ranked Georgetown.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Elon was not able to upset the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels, suffering a 20-5 loss today, March 12, at Fetzer Field under the overcast skies of an oncoming storm.

The Phoenix (3-4) picked up 13 ground balls and won eight draws in the game. Three Elon players tallied points with Anna Vitton and Olivia Fernandez each scoring two goals, while Sloane Kessler netted a goal and two assists on the day.

Goalie Rachel Ramirez played the whole game between the pipes for the Phoenix, recording 18 saves and six ground balls in the loss.

The Tar Heels rattled off four goals in the first two minutes and took a 5-0 lead early. The Phoenix responded with back-to-back goals in the span of a minute to close the gap to three, 5-2. The first goal was scored by Vitton off a pass from Kessler at the 19:41 mark before Kessler broke away from a UNC defender to net a goal of her own with 18:47 on the clock.

With UNC leading 12-2, Fernandez scored her seventh goal of the season off a free-position shot to make it a nine-goal differential for the maroon and gold with just over four minutes left in the opening half. The Tar Heels made it a 14-3 advantage at the break.

Elon opened the second frame with another Kessler assisted goal by Vitton to make it a 14-4 game with 25:03 on the clock. UNC scored the next four goals for an 18-4 advantage before Fernandez posted her second goal of the game with 5:51 remaining, making it an 18-5 edge for the Tar Heels. UNC would score twice before the final horn sounded for the win.

For the game, UNC (7-0) outshot Elon, 46-13, won at the draw, 19-8, and grabbed 28 ground balls. The Tar Heels finished 9 of 11 in clear attempts, while the Phoenix was 11 of 18. UNC scored five of its goals on free-position shots, while Tar Heel goalies combined for six saves.

Elon will play its next game at Campbell on Saturday, March 15. The opening draw is set for 2:00 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C.


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