CHAPEL HILL - Fifth-ranked North Carolina dominated the first half and cruised to a 14-7 victory over Richmond on Sunday afternoon at a cold Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels led 10-1 at halftime after out-shooting the Spiders 26-1 in the opening 30 minutes. Kara Cannizaro led the Tar Heels with four goals, Taylor George scored three times and Emily Garrity had a goal and a career-high four assists as the Tar Heels won their second game in a row to improve to 2-1 this season. Richmond fell to 0-3.
In the game, the Tar Heels outshot the Spiders 39-9, dominated the draw 15-8 and committed just six turnovers as a team. Nine different Carolina players scored at least one goal.
Cannizzaro scored four goals for the second game in a row after also doing so in Friday's win over No. 16 Towson. In addition to the output of Garrity and George, Sammy Jo Tracy and Abbey Friend each had a goal and an assist on Sunday. Brittney Coppa, Kelly Devlin, Aly Messinger and Morgan Rubin all scored single goals for UNC.
Richmond got two goals and two assists from Sam Stevenson and two goals and one assist from Caitlin Fifield. Emily Doyle had two assists and Bailey Zerr scored twice. Kara Moschetti also scored for the Spiders.
In the first half, George got the Tar Heels on the scoreboard with a goal at 22:51 off a pass from Garrity that made it 1-0. Cannizzaro wrapped around the back of the circle and scored unassisted at 21:39 to make it 2-0. George scored her second goal at 18:08 on a free position try to make it 3-0 and force a Spider timeout.
Cannizzaro scored her second goal, also unassisted, at 15:43 for a 4-0 Tar Heel lead. Richmond scored its first goal at 11:51 when Zerr took a pass from Stevenson off a free position attempt and scored. Devlin responded quickly for the Tar Heels at 11:18, taking a pass from Friend and scoring for a 5-1 advantage.
Cannizzaro scored her third goal of the first half with 7:09 left, putting UNC ahead 6-1. A pair of freshmen hooked up for Carolina's seventh goal when Messinger scored off a pass from Tracy. Friend scored with 2:28 left in the half for an 8-1 advantage. Garrity's free position goal with 2:09 left in the half made it 9-1. Coppa took it coast-to-coast for the 10th goal of the half with just seven seconds left in the period to make the score 10-1. Carolina out-shot Richmond 26-1 in the first half.
The Spiders put together some offense in the second half, including posting a 6-1 scoring run during a 14-minute span after the break. The Tar Heels never led the lead get smaller than six goals, however, and the outcome was never in question after halftime.
Former Tar Heel player and volunteer assistant coach Sarah Kuonen is now a volunteer assistant at Richmond this season.
Carolina will return to action on Friday with a home game against defending NCAA champion Northwestern at Fetzer Field at 7 p.m.