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Jessica Griffin and the other UNC seniors will play their final regular season home game on Friday.
Jessica Griffin and the other UNC seniors will play their final regular season home game on Friday.
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Jacksonville To Visit On Senior Night
Release: 04/11/2013
CHAPEL HILL - Second-ranked North Carolina (11-2) will look to win for the 12th time in its last 13 games when it hosts Jacksonville (9-3) on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.  The game will be Senior Night for a quintet of Tar Heel seniors playing in the final regular season home game:  Kara Cannizzaro, Breada Farrell, Emily Garrity, Jessica Griffin and Lauren Maksym.

GoHeels.com will stream the game live online.  A standard-definition, GoHeels TV feed will be available free of charge, and the high-definition feed requires a subscription.

Friday's game will be the first meeting in women's lacrosse between UNC and Jacksonville.

Carolina is ranked second in the nation in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll and third in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse media poll this week.  The Tar Heels began the season ranked fifth, moved into the No. 3 spot for a month after beating top-ranked Northwestern on Feb. 22 and advanced to the No. 2 spot in both polls on April 2 prior to losing at top-ranked Maryland on April 6.  

Carolina (11-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 11 of its last 12 games, winning 11 in a row before last Saturday's loss at Maryland.  The 11-game winning streak matched the second-longest in program history.  The 1997 squad also won 11 in a row.  The school-record, 12-game streak was set in 2002.

Friday's game is the lone home game in a nearly month-long stretch of road contests for the Tar Heels.  Overall, UNC will have played four of five games away from Chapel Hill, starting with the March 28 win at Duke and concluding with next Saturday's game at Vanderbilt (April 20).  

Carolina will host the 2013 ACC Tournament at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill on April 25-28.

The Tar Heels have the nation's 17th-best scoring defense entering Friday's game, allowing 8.6 goals per game.  UNC senior goalkeeper Lauren Maksym is 10th in the nation in goals-against average at 7.61.  A veteran defensive unit that includes returning All-America Sloane Serpe, All-America candidate Margaret Corzel, rising star Caileigh Sindall and top freshman Mallory Frysinger has helped Maksym post her best season yet in 2013.

Carolina is led offensively by senior All-America Kara Cannizzaro (38 goals, eight assists), junior Abbey Friend (21 goals, nine assists), Brittney Coppa (22 goals, three assists), junior Taylor George (20 goals, four assists) and freshman Aly Messinger (17 goals, seven assists).

Jacksonville enters Friday's game on a four-game winning streak, winning those games over Marist, Winthrop, Kennesaw State and Stetson by an average of 16.3 goals per game.

The Dolphins and Tar Heels have played two mutual opponents so far this season:  Florida and Duke.  Carolina beat Duke, 12-11 in overtime on March 28, while the Blue Devils beat Jacksonville 10-7.  Florida beat both UNC and Jacksonville early this season in February.  Jacksonville beat Vanderbilt earlier this year, and Carolina will play at the Commodores next weekend.

Jacksonville is led offensively by Taylor McCord (22 goals, 15 assists), Morgan Derner (25 goals, five assists), Amanda Hurley (26 goals, one assist) and Ali Hoffman (14 goals, 13 assists).




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