April 19, 2014

Holman Leads No. 2 UNC to Rout of Towson

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sydney Holman led six Tar Heels with multiple goals as North Carolina wrapped up its women's lacrosse regular season with a 17-8 victory over Towson on Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium.  With the victory, the Tar Heels improved to 13-3 this season.  Towson fell to 9-7.

The game marked senior day for six Tar Heels making their final regular season home appearances:  Cassie Ballard, Abbey Friend, Taylor George, Paige Hanson, Sloane Serpe and Zoe Skinner.

Holman came off the bench and led the Tar Heels with three goals and two assists on Saturday.  Friend had three goals, as did Carly Davis, who recorded her first career hat trick.  Serpe posted her first career multi-goal game.  She now has five goals and an assist this season after entering her senior campaign without a single point in her career.

Freshmen Maggie Bill and Molly Hendrick both scored twice for Carolina, which also got single goals from Aly Messinger and Carly Reed.

Andi Raymond and Ashleigh Rohrback both scored three times for Towson, with Raymond adding an assist as well.  Gabby Cha had a goal and an assist for the Tigers, Michelle Gildea scored once and Taylor Moore had an assist.

The Tar Heels ended the game with advantages in shots, ground balls and draw controls after Towson led in all three categories at halftime.  Carolina out-shot the Tigers, 20-10, in the second half and won 10 of 15 draw controls after the break.  For the day, UNC committed only nine turnovers while forcing 15 Towson miscues.

The Tigers tried to slow the pace of the game from the outset, winning 8 of 12 first-half draws and operating deliberately on offense.  Towson out-shot the Tar Heels, 11-10, in the first half but still trailed, 7-4, at the break.  Carolina connected on seven of its 10 first-half shot attempts, with Holman leading the way with two goals and an assist in the first 30 minutes.

Bill scored just 34 seconds into the second half, as Carolina started the half on a 6-1 run to take a 13-5 lead.  Towson scored three of the next four goals, but a goal from Messinger and two in a row from Friend iced the victory for UNC.

Freshman Caylee Waters started and picked up the victory in goal for Carolina, playing the first half and making four saves while allowing four goals.  Sophomore Megan Ward played the second half and made three saves while allowing four scores.  Kelsea Donnelly went the distance in the cage for Towson, making eight saves and allowing 17 goals.

The matchup was the second women's lacrosse game played in Kenan Stadium, home of the football Tar Heels.  Carolina's usual lacrosse home, Fetzer Field, is unavailable this weekend due to the ACC Track & Field Championships being held on campus.  Wednesday night's contest against Duke also was played at Kenan.

Carolina will return to action on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Newton, Mass., hosted by Boston College. Pairings will be announced by the conference later this weekend.

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