CHAPEL HILL - Top-ranked North Carolina (9-0) got multiple goals from seven different players and cruised by 12th-ranked Georgetown (3-3), 18-11, in women's lacrosse action on Saturday at Fetzer Field.
The win over the Hoyas was the Tar Heels' 13th in a row, the longest win streak in program history. The streak includes last year's 4-0 run to win the 2013 NCAA championship and the 9-0 start this year. The 2002 squad won 12 contests in a row to set the previous mark.
UNC is off to a 9-0 start this season, matching the best start in program history. The 1998 squad also started 9-0. A win next Saturday at Boston College would mark a new best start in UNC annals.
Carolina got 10 of its 18 goals from freshmen. The Tar Heels got two goals and two assists each from Molly Hendrick and Aly Messinger and three goals from Sydney Holman. Abbey Friend, Maggie Bill and Taylor George tallied two goals and one assist apiece. Carly Reed also scored twice. Senior All-America defender Sloane Serpe scored her first career goal on a free position shot for the Tar Heels, Devin Markison and Maggie Auslander each scored once, and Sam McGee added an assist.
Georgetown was led by two goals each from Meghan Farrell, Reilly Woodman, Corinne Etchison and Kelyn Freedman. Annie Heagerty added a goal and an assist and Colleen Lovett had two assists.
Megan Ward (8-0) and Caylee Waters split time in goal for Carolina. Ward made six saves and allowed six goals in the first half, and Waters made six saves while allowing five goals in the second period. Three Hoyas split time in the cage with Barb Black starting the game, allowing six goals and taking the loss.
In the first half, the Tar Heels scored 11 goals, none of which came from Friend, Messinger or George. Nine of the first-half goals came from freshmen, including three from Holman, two from Hendrick and two from Reed. It was 11-6 Carolina at the break.
UNC scored the first six goals of the second half to build a commanding, 17-6 lead with 21:53 left in the game. The Hoyas scored four goals in a row in the final 4:25 to make the final score 18-11.
Carolina will return to action next Saturday March 22 at Boston College. UNC's next home game will be on March 26 vs. Virginia Tech.