CHAPEL HILL - Top-ranked and defending NCAA champion North Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 3:21 of the game and cruised to an 18-8 win over unranked Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Navy Field. Abbey Friend tied her career high with five goals for the second game in a row to lead the Tar Heels (2-0) to the victory. UNC has won six games in a row.
Friend scored her five goals on six shots in a strong offensive performance. Sophomore Aly Messinger finished with four goals and an assist, freshman Sydney Holman tallied three goals and one assist and fellow freshman Molly Hendrick recorded two goals and an assist. The Tar Heels also got single goals from Maggie Bill, Taylor George, Carly Reed and Carly Davis.
Midfielder Sarah Scott led the team with five draw controls and three ground balls. Messinger added three ground balls and a caused turnover to her five points on the day.
Megan Ward started in goal and played the first half, making four saves in 30:00 minutes to improve to 2-0 this season. Freshman Caylee Waters played the second half, allowing four goals without a save.
The Terriers got four goals from Mallory Collins and a goal and an assist each from Lindsay Weiner and Taylor Hardison. Remy Nolan and Kelsey Marafioti also scored for BU.
Carolina scored four times in the first 3:21 of the game, getting two goals from Friend and one apiece from Bill and Messinger for an early lead. BU got a goal from Collins at the 25:37 mark to stop the Tar Heel run, only to see Carolina go on an 8-2 run to lead 12-3 with 7:29 left before halftime.
After Collins scored again to make it 12-4, Carolina ripped off three goals in a row to close the half, getting scores from Davis, Holman and Friend.
The Tar Heels started the second half on a 3-0 run to take a commanding, 18-4 lead with over 20 minutes left. BU scored four late goals to make the final margin 18-8.
Carolina out-shot the Terriers, 35-17, gathered 25 ground balls to BU's 14 and won 18 draws to BU's 10.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday afternoon at Fetzer Field but was rescheduled because BU had difficulty flying into North Carolina this week after the winter storm that hit the east coast. The contest was played on the field turf of Navy Field because Fetzer was too wet.
Carolina will return to action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Canisius in Chapel Hill.