SPARKS, MD.—Molly Hendrick tied her career highs with six goals and seven points as second-ranked North Carolina beat Canisius, 16-8, on a chilly Sunday afternoon at the US Lacrosse Complex.
The win is number 300 in the career of Tar Heel head coach Jenny Levy, who becomes the third coach in NCAA Division I history to win 300 games. Navy's Cindy Timchal has 477 wins and Princeton's Chris Sailer has 375 in addition to Levy in the 300-win club.
"It is hard to believe our Carolina Lacrosse program has achieved a milestone of 300 wins—it feels like yesterday when we got win number one!" Levy said after the game. "A huge thank you and congratulations to the many great assistant coaches, student athletes and families, support staff and administrators who have all contributed to this milestone.
"I am proud of our CULTURE: one of hard work, pride, enthusiasm and love of Carolina, each other and the game of lacrosse," Levy continued. "Winning games is important, it is what we are judged on, but the relationships built are what will be with us a lifetime. We consistently have former players and families come out to games and support our current team, our alumnae weekends are packed with alums coming back to Chapel Hill, and our alumnae assist our current players network professionally.
"The connections that we have created through Carolina Lacrosse is what makes it so special. What an opportunity, what an honor."
Carolina improved to 5-1 this season. Canisius fell to 3-3.
Hendrick had six goals and one assist in Sunday’s win. She also had six goals and an assist in last year’s regular season win over Virginia Tech.
In addition to Hendrick, Sydney Holman handed out four assists for Carolina. Carly Reed had 2 goals and an assist, Katie Hoeg had a goal and two assists and Marisa DiVietro had a goal and an assist. Sammy Jo Tracy scored twice and controlled six draws. Ela Hazar scored twice, and Charlotte Allard scored once.
Erica Evans scored four goals for Canisius. Jen Reininger Rachel Ryan each added a goal and an assist, and Lauren Smolensky and Tessa Chad had single goals.
Caylee Waters played the first 51 minutes in goal for Carolina, making four saves and allowing seven goals. Redshirt freshman Elise Hennessey played the final 9:04 and made a save while allowing a score. Rebecca VanLaeken made 17 saves for Canisius in 60 minutes.
After Canisius scored first in the first 30 seconds of play, the Tar Heels ripped off eight consecutive goals in the next 26 minutes to take control of the action.
The Tar Heels return to action next Saturday when they host Virginia.