"We had a very fast start," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "I'm always pleased when the Tar Heels are able to score early, and today we got two goals in the first five minutes. A start like that really sets the tempo."
Junior Loren Shealy scored the gamewinner in the fourth minute of play, deflecting in a ball from sophomore Emma Bozek. Thirty-two seconds later, Shealy helped make it 2-0, driving into the circle and sending a ball to the cage, where junior Abby Frey tipped it in from the left side. In the 16th minute, freshman Lauren Moyer scored on a pass from junior Charlotte Craddock to put UNC up 3-0.
In the 28th minute, freshman Kristy Bernatchez scored the first of her two goals on the day, grabbing a rebound and putting it past VCU goalkeeper Megan Botteri to make the advantage 4-0.
In the 31st minute, on one of six first-half penalty corners, sophomore Nina Notman sent a hard shot into the goal, assisted by sophomore Emily Wold on the stick stop and graduate student Janne Grove on the push-in.
Two minutes before halftime, Bernatchez got her second goal of the day to put the halftime score at 6-0. That would remain the final, as the Tar Heels didn't score on any of their eight second-half shots, four of which were on-goal and saved by Botteri.
"In the second half, I felt like we came out flat," Shelton said. "And I give VCU credit - they came out with a lot more intensity and played really hard and were able to hold us scoreless in the second half. "
UNC finished with 26 shots to VCU's seven. The Rams got off five shots in the second half, when goalkeepers Sassi Ammer and Rosie Wood combined for all four saves in the game. Freshman Shannon Johnson started at keeper, but did not see a shot on goal in the first half.
Carolina totaled eight penalty corners, while VCU had four.
"Today's win was a good team effort," Shelton said. "We played unselfishly and moved the ball around to earn some nice goals."
Next up for the Tar Heels is an Atlantic Coast Conference battle with No. 9 Duke. The Blue Devils visit Henry Stadium on Friday for a 6 p.m. game.
No. 1 North Carolina 6, VCU 0
Scoring: UNC - Loren Shealy (Emma Bozek), 3:31; UNC - Abby Frey (Shealy), 4:03; UNC - Lauren Moyer (Charlotte Craddock), 15:22; UNC - Kristy Bernatchez, 27:28; UNC - Nina Notman (Emily Wold, Janne Grove), 30:37; UNC - Bernatchez, 33:00
Shots: UNC 26 (18/8); VCU 7 (2/5)
Penalty corners: UNC 8 (6/2), VCU 4 (1/3)
Saves: UNC 4 (Shannon Johnson, 70:00, 0 goals allowed, 0 saves; Sassi Ammer, 13:36, 0 goals allowed, 3 saves; Rosie Wood, 12:14, 0 goals allowed, 1 save); VCU 11 (Megan Botteri, 70:00, 6 goals allowed, 11 saves)
Records: UNC 6-0, VCU