Kara Cannizzaro tallied a career-high seven points in the win.
Kara Cannizzaro tallied a career-high seven points in the win.
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No. 2 Tar Heels Dominate Vandy, 20-5
Release: 04/20/2013

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Second-ranked North Carolina jumped out to a 12-0, first-half lead and cruised to a 20-5 win at Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon in the Tar Heels' final regular season game of the 2013 season.  Senior Kara Cannizzaro totaled a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists to lead UNC, which improved to 13-2 with the win. 

The Tar Heels won for the 13th time in their last 14 outings.  Carolina improved to 17-1 all-time against Vanderbilt, won for the ninth time in a row over the Commodores and moved to 9-0 all-time against Vandy in Nashville.

UNC dominated from the start, scoring eight times in just over 10 minutes at one point while jumping out to a 12-0 lead in the first 23:35 of action.  The Commodores managed one goal in the first half as Carolina led, 12-1, at the break.

If there was any question after halftime, back-to-back goals from Jessica Griffin and Emily Garrity in the first six-plus minutes of the second half sealed the deal and made it 14-1.  The Tar Heels eventually built an 18-2 lead with 11:51 left to play before Vanderbilt outscored UNC 3-2 down the stretch once the game was well out of reach.

Seven Carolina players scored at least two goals in a balanced offensive attack.  Cannizzaro led the way with three goals and a career-high-tying four assists.  Abbey Friend had three goals and one assist, and Brittney Coppa tallied three goals.  Aly Messinger totaled two goals and one assist, while Griffin, Garrity and Taylor George all scored twice.  Paige Hanson, Morgan Rubin and Kate Martino each scored one goal.

Vanderbilt got two goals from Emma Dagres and one each from Courtney Kirk, Mallory Schonk and Carly Linthicum.  Amanda Lockwood had one assist.

Freshman Megan Ward made her first career start in goal for Carolina, playing the first half and tallying four saves in improving to 2-1 in the cage this year.  Senior Lauren Maksym played the second half and also made a save.

Carolina will return to action on Friday April 26 at approximately 3 p.m. in the second of two Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinals that afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. UNC is the No. 2 seed and has a bye to Friday's semis against the winner of Thursday's game between No. 3 seed Boston College and No. 6 seed Virginia Tech.

The Tar Heels will host both the ACC Men's and Women's Lacrosse Tournaments next week.  The women's tournament will include two first-round games on Thursday afternoon, two semifinals on Friday afternoon and the title game at 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Visit the GoHeels Ticket Center to purchase tickets.

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