Top-Five Matchup As UNC Visits BC
Release: 03/21/2014

Matchup:  North Carolina (9-0, 2-0 ACC) vs. Boston College (7-1, 1-1 ACC)

Date & Time:  Saturday, March 22, 2014, 1 p.m.

Site:  Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field, Newton, Mass.

Rankings:  UNC is ranked No. 1 in IWLCA coaches poll and the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse media poll.  BC is No. 5 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in the media poll.

CHAPEL HILL - Top-ranked and defending NCAA champion North Carolina (9-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will play on the road for the second time this season when it visits fourth-ranked Boston College (7-1, 1-1) in Newton, Mass., on Saturday.

Carolina has won 13 games in a row dating to last season, including a 4-0 run during the 2013 NCAA Tournament and a 9-0 start in 2014.  The 13-game winning streak is the best in Carolina women's lacrosse history.  The longest win streak in UNC annals previously had been 12 games, set by the 2002 team.

Carolina has started the 2014 season with a 9-0 record, matching the best start in program history.  The 1998 team also started the season 9-0.

The Tar Heels are off to a torrid offensive start in 2014, leading the nation in points (239), scoring offense (18.67 gpg), scoring margin (+10.56) and winning percentage (1.000). Carolina is also second in the nation in ground balls per game (23.56) and third in draw controls (17.0 per game).

The Tar Heels have scored 20 goals or more four times already this season, most in program history.  Carolina has scored 18 or more goals in seven of nine games this season.

On the individual front, senior attacker Abbey Friend is climbing the career goal and scoring charts at Carolina.  Friend enters Saturday's game at BC with 165 career goals, good for third in UNC history behind Corey Donohoe (192) and Kellie Thompson (169).  She also is fourth in Carolina history with 215 career points.  Donohoe is the all-time leader with 256, followed by Becky Lynch with 228 and Thompson with 222. Friend also has 50 career assists, ranking seventh in Carolina history.

Carolina leads the all-time series with Boston College, 10-1, and has won seven consecutive meetings in the series.  Last year, UNC beat Boston College 19-11 in the regular season and 16-6 in the ACC Tournament semifinals.  Both of those games were played in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels are 2-1 all-time against the Eagles in games played at BC and 8-1 in regular season games.  Boston College's only win over Carolina was a 5-4, double-overtime decision in March 2008.

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