SPARKS, MD.—Second-ranked North Carolina went on a 12-0 run starting late in the first half and defeated Albany, 14-5, on Friday afternoon at the US Lacrosse Complex. Senior Carly Reed led the Tar Heel scoring attack with five goals, while Maggie Bill and Sydney Holman each added a goal and three assists.
Carolina improved to 4-1 this season. Albany fell to 2-3.
In addition to Reed, Bill and Holman, Sammy Jo Tracy had two goals and eight draw controls for Carolina. Molly Hendrick scored twice, and Marie McCool had a goal, an assist, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Caroline Wakefield added a single goal.
Caylee Waters made 11 saves in goal for the Tar Heels while allowing five goals, including holding the Great Danes scoreless for nearly 40 consecutive minutes. She also gathered a ground ball in the field.
The win was victory number 299 in the career of 22nd-year UNC head coach Jenny Levy, who needs one more win to become the third coach in NCAA Division I history with 300.
“After a slow start, I am very excited about how we played in the second half,” Levy said afterward. “Caylee Waters was spectacular all day. Her play and leadership were a key to our success today. After giving up four quick goals, our defense really limited Albany's scoring ability for over 30 minutes.
“Our offense found our rhythm, spurred by Sammy Jo [Tracy] at the draw circle,” Levy continued. “We scored great goals in multiple ways from multiple players. The second half was a total team effort and a lot of fun."
Kenzie Neal and Sarah Martin each scored twice for the Great Danes, who took a 3-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game and led, 4-2, after Martin’s second goal with 12:13 left in the first half.
From that point in the game, Carolina broke open the contest with its 12-0 run. UNC ended the first half with back-to-back goals to tie the score at halftime, then scored 10 in a row to start the second half and take a commanding, 14-4, lead with 8:55 remaining.
The Tar Heels will return to action on Sunday at noon against Canisius, again at the US Lacrosse Complex in Sparks.