Top-Ranked UNC Stomps Elon
from press release
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - 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 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 p.m. against 12th-ranked Georgetown.
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