CHAPEL HILL - Second-ranked North Carolina went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and defeated Jacksonville, 16-4, on Friday evening at Fetzer Field. Carolina improved to 12-2 with the victory. Jacksonville fell to 9-4 with the loss.
UNC got three goals and one assist from both Abbey Friend and Taylor George, while Aly Messinger added two goals and an assist. Cannizzaro scored twice on her senior night, while classmate Garrity had a goal and an assist. Lindsay Scott, Brittney Coppa, Griffin, Devin Markison and Kelly Devlin all scored single goals, while Sammy Jo Tracy and Kate Martino dished out assists.
Amanda Hurley led Jacksonville with a pair of goals. Ali Hoffman and Nikkie Erdely both scored once, and Ellyn Spangenberg, Taylor McCord and Holly Ventimiglia all had single assists for the Dolphins.
Carolina dominated statistically, winning with a 35-12 edge in shots and a 26-13 advantage in ground balls. The Tar Heel defense forced 21 turnovers while UNC committed 13 miscues of its own.
In the first half, the two teams traded goals in the opening seven minutes. Carolina then ripped off a 3-0 run in just over five minutes to take a 4-1 lead and force a Dolphin timeout at the 17:50 mark of the half. Just over a minute later, Cannizzaro scored as Carolina took a 5-1 lead.
Jacksonville scored two of the final three goals of the half, and the Tar Heels led 6-3 at the break.
The Tar Heels dominated the second half from the outset, building their lead to 15-3 with 7:19 to play in the game before Jacksonville could break the Carolina scoring run. UNC got goals from 10 players and points from 12 in a well-balanced, team performance.
The Tar Heels will return to action and conclude their 2013 regular season next Saturday at Vanderbilt. Carolina will host the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament April 25-28 at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.