April 24, 2014

UNC Takes Down BC, Will Face Orange in ACC Semi

from Press Release

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. - Abbey Friend had five goals and an assist and Sydney Holman had three goals as third-seeded North Carolina (14-3) defeated sixth-seeded Boston College (12-5), 14-10, in an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinal game on Thursday evening at Alumni Stadium on the BC campus.

With the victory, Carolina advances to a 3 p.m. semifinal matchup on Friday versus second-seeded Syracuse, which defeated seventh-seeded Notre Dame earlier on Friday afternoon. Top-seeded Maryland will face No. 5 seed Virginia in Friday's first semifinal at 1 p.m. The ACC championship game will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"Obviously we are happy for the win and have a lot of respect for Boston College," Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy said after the victory. "They have had a great season this year and we knew it would be a tough game, especially playing on their home field. Overall I felt we played a really complete game, which was our goal. We wanted to get better from the first time we played up here earlier in the season and I thought our defense did a great job. We did well on the draw and we won the little battles. I thought on the offensive end we controlled the tempo and we played well as a team defensively."

Maggie Bill finished with a goal and two assists for the Tar Heels, while Aly Messinger and Molly Hendrick both had a goal and an assist. Devin Markison, Carly Davis and Carly Reed all scored once for Carolina.

With her five goals on Thursday, Friend now has 191 in her career, one off the Carolina program record of 192 set by Corey Donohoe from 2008-11.

"Offensively we got back into our rhythm a little bit," Friend said postgame. "I thought that was really awesome. Our goalies did great and our defense came up with some huge caused turnovers so it was a great team win for us."

BC was led by Mikaela Rix's four goals and one assist. Covie Stanwick and Moira Barry both scored twice for the Eagles, who also got a goal and two assists from Sarah Mannelly and a goal and an assist from Cali Ceglarski.

Caylee Waters started in goal for Carolina and played the first half, making two saves and allowing six goals to pick up the victory. Megan Ward played the second half in the typical Tar Heel goalie rotation, making six saves and allowing four goals.

After Carolina started the game with a goal by Messinger off a pass from Friend less than two minutes into the contest, the Eagles scored three times in a row to take a 3-1 lead. UNC responded by going on a 6-1 run in a span of 12:40 to take a 7-4 lead with 12:04 left in the first half. Each team scored twice from that point going into halftime, and the score was 9-6 at the break.

Carolina started the second half with a 4-1 run with two of the goals coming from Holman, and the score was 13-7 Tar Heels with 14:43 to play. The Eagles scored three in a row in a quick span of 2:40 to pull within three goals at 13-10, but Ward made a big save on a free position try by Stanwick and the game was essentially over.

UNC took possession after the save by Ward and was able to hold the ball for the remainder of the game until Friend scored on an open net with 17 seconds to play for the final score of 14-10.

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