CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Abbey Friend scored five goals and added an assist to lead the third-ranked North Carolina women's lacrosse team to a 17-11 win over eighth-ranked Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels improved to 7-1 on the season with the win, while the Hoyas fell to 5-2.
"I was happy with our performance," said UNC coach Jenny Levy. "This team is a work in progress and I believe that with each day and each game we're going to continue to improve and we saw that today.
"I thought it was a total team effort - we played some good defense, and I thought the draw control made a big difference for us today and created a lot of offensive opportunities. I was really pleased - I challenged my kids in a couple of different ways and in all of those areas they did a great job."
After Georgetown's Meghan Farrell kicked off the scoring with a goal in the third minute of play, the Tar Heels scored seven in a row and led 7-1 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Senior Kara Cannizzaro scored the first two and had three of the Tar Heels' first five, with the others in that run coming from Friend (two) and freshmen Aly Messinger and Sammy Jo Tracy.
The Hoyas stormed back, with three in a row to make the score 7-4 before Friend ended the Tar Heel drought with an unassisted goal at the 6:39 mark. After that, the teams traded goals leading into the break and the Tar Heels were up 10-6 at halftime.
Carolina junior Taylor George opened the second half scoring with a goal, assisted by Friend, just 21 seconds into the period. But Georgetown then mounted its second run of the game, scoring the next four goals to pull within one at 11-10 with 19 minutes to play. Farrell, who led the Hoyas with four goals on the day, scored two in the run.
The Tar Heels held onto the lead and pulled away again, scoring five goals in a row to regain a comfortable lead. Five different players - Tracy, Friend, George, Messinger and Brittney Coppa - scored in the span.
"When you play a good opponent, they're going to make a run," Levy said. "Georgetown is a really good team. Them making a run doesn't surprise me at all. For us, we knew that was going to be in the cards at some point. How do we respond? I thought we did a great job and showed a good amount of toughness in being resilient and staying with the game plan and finally coming up with some defensive stops to get some momentum offensively."
Barb Black played all 60 minutes in goal for Georgetown, making six saves.
Saturday's win came at the start of a three-game homestand for the Tar Heels. They host Cornell on Wednesday and Boston College on Saturday, with both starts set for 7 p.m.