No. 1 North Carolina Dominates No. 12 Georgetown

CHAPEL HILL Top-ranked North Carolina (9-0) got multiple goals from seven different players and cruised by 12th-ranked Georgetown (3-3), 18-11, in women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Fetzer Field.

The win over the Hoyas was the Tar Heels' 13th in a row, the longest win streak in program history. The streak includes last year's 4-0 run to win the 2013 NCAA championship and the 9-0 start this year. The 2002 squad won 12 contests in a row to set the previous mark.

Carolina got 10 of its 18 goals from freshmen. The Tar Heels got two goals and two assists each from Molly Hendrick and Aly Messinger and three goals from Sydney Holman. Abbey Friend, Maggie Bill and Taylor George tallied two goals and one assist apiece. Carly Reed also scored twice. Senior All-America defender scored her first career goal on a free position shot for the Tar Heels, Devin Markison and Maggie Auslander each scored once, and Sam McGee added an assist.

Georgetown was led by two goals each from Meghan Farrell, Reilly Woodman, Corinne Etchison and Kelyn Freedman. Annie Heagerty added a goal and an assist and Colleen Lovett had two assists.

Megan Ward (8-0) and Caylee Waters split time in goal for Carolina. Ward made six saves and allowed six goals in the first half, and Waters made six saves while allowing five goals in the second period. Three Hoyas split time in the cage with Barb Black starting the game, allowing six goals and taking the loss.

In the first half, the Tar Heels scored 11 goals, none of which came from Friend, Messinger or George. Nine of the first-half goals came from freshmen, including three from Holman, two from Hendrick and two from Reed. It was 11-6 Carolina at the break.

UNC scored the first six goals of the second half to build a commanding, 17-6 lead with 21:53 left in the game. The Hoyas scored four goals in a row in the final 4:25 to make the final score 18-11.

Carolina will return to action next Saturday March 22 at Boston College. UNC's next home game will be on March 26 vs. Virginia Tech.

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WASHINGTON No. 12 Georgetown (3-3) suffered a tough 18-11 loss to the No. 1 North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tar Heels (9-0) Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Hoyas came back late, but it wasn't enough to take down the top-ranked Tar Heels.

Georgetown had four players tally two goals apiece as senior attacker Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation), senior attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes), senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) all had two points on the afternoon.

The Blue & Gray was close in shots (31-29) and draw controls (17-14), while holding the advantage in both turnovers forcing 12 as well as free position shots going 3 of 5.

Three keepers saw time in the cage for the Hoyas combining for seven saves.

A 7-1 Tar Heel run opened the game and put the Blue & Gray into an early hole. The lone goal came at 18:26 on a Farrell free position shot.

With ten minutes to go in the half, GU managed back-to-back tallies from Farrell and sophomore midfielder Annie Heagerty (Huntington Bay, N.Y./St. Anthony's), but UNC answered with a 4-1 run.

In the final two minutes, Freedman and Woodman both found the back of the cage, with Heagerty assisting on the last score to make it 11-6 at the break.

The second half opened similar to the first as the Tar Heels came out firing with a 6-0 run making it 17-6 and resulting in UNC's largest lead of the afternoon.

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