Top-Ranked North Carolina Handles the Hokies to Go 11-0

CHAPEL HILL Top-ranked North Carolina (11-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got goals from nine different players and dominated Virginia Tech (5-5, 0-3), 21-9, in action on Wednesday night at Fetzer Field. Aly Messinger and Abbey Friend scored five goals apiece and Taylor George added four scores to lead the defending NCAA champions.

Carolina led 4-0 after the first 5:00 of action and built a seven-goal lead in the first half, eventually leading 12-6 at halftime. After the break, the Tar Heels scored five goals in a row to build a 17-6 advantage, cruising to the win the rest of the way.

UNC out-shot the Hokies by a 40-14 margin and controlled 22 draws to Virginia Tech's 10 in the game.

The win over the Hoyas was the Tar Heels' 15th 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 11-0 start this year. The 11-0 beginning to the 2014 season marks the best start in Carolina women's lacrosse history.

In addition to the output of Friend, Messinger and George, the Tar Heels got two goals from Carly Reed and a goal and an assist from both Maggie Bill and Lindsay Scott. Carly Davis, Sloane Serpe and Devin Markison all scored single goals for UNC, and Eileen Giles added an assist.

The Hokies got three goals from Megan Will and Jessi Thon, a goal and an assist from Julia Heaps and single goals from Meg Bartley and Cawley Bromley.

Megan Ward started in goal for Carolina, picking up the victory while allowing six goals and making three saves in the firest half. Caylee Waters came in to man the cage in the second half, allowing three goals and making one save. Meagh Graham went the distance in goal for Virginia Tech, making nine saves.

Carolina will return to action on Sunday at No. 7 Northwestern.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Virginia Tech fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 21-9, Wednesday night at Fetzer Field on the North Carolina campus. The Hokies were led by Jessi Thon and Megan Will who each scored three times, while Aly Messinger and Abbey Friend tallied five goals apiece

The Hokies (5-5, 0-3 ACC) won the opening draw and were on the attack first. Thon nearly got Tech on the board but was denied by North Carolina (11-0, 4-0 ACC) goalie Megan Ward. Sloane Serpe got things going for the Tar Heels as she put away a free position attempt on the next possession, and the Heels tacked on four more before Tech could stop the run.

Meg Bartley made it ten-straight games with a goal as she brought the relay off the draw straight to cage for the Hokies' first point of the day. Bartley came close to striking again near the midway point in the half, but Ward kicked the shot away. Julia Heaps recovered the rebound and eventually got it to Thon who spun through the defense and scored.

North Carolina's Aly Messinger responded to the Tech goal less than a minute later, as she put away her third of the game with 13:18 left in the first half.

Thon and Megan Will gave the Hokies some momentum scoring back-to-back goals as Heaps found Thon from behind the cage, and Will worked her way through the defense to bury a shot in the upper left corner to make it 8-4 with nine minutes until the half.

North Carolina added three more goals, including a fourth from Messinger, but Will broke up the run with a strong shot from the left side. Thon finished the opening period with a hat trick after Tech goalie Meagh Graham intercepted a Tar Heel pass and sent it up field. The pass went to Will who was swarmed at the restraining line, but was able to drop it off to Thon who booked it straight to the goal for the score.

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