CHAPEL HILL - Top-ranked North Carolina (11-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got goals from nine different players and dominated Virginia Tech (5-5, 0-3), 21-9, in women's lacrosse action on Wednesday night at Fetzer Field. Aly Messinger and Abbey Friend scored five goals apiece and Taylor George added four scores to lead the defending NCAA champions.
Carolina led 4-0 after the first 5:00 of action and built a seven-goal lead in the first half, eventually leading 12-6 at halftime. After the break, the Tar Heels scored five goals in a row to build a 17-6 advantage, cruising to the win the rest of the way.
UNC out-shot the Hokies by a 40-14 margin and controlled 22 draws to Virginia Tech's 10 in the game.
The win over the Hoyas was the Tar Heels' 15th 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 11-0 start this year. The 11-0 beginning to the 2014 season marks the best start in Carolina women's lacrosse history.
In addition to the output of Friend, Messinger and George, the Tar Heels got two goals from Carly Reed and a goal and an assist from both Maggie Bill and Lindsay Scott. Carly Davis, Sloane Serpe and Devin Markison all scored single goals for UNC, and Eileen Giles added an assist.
The Hokies got three goals from Megan Will and Jessi Thon, a goal and an assist from Julia Heaps and single goals from Meg Bartley and Cawley Bromley.
Megan Ward started in goal for Carolina, picking up the victory while allowing six goals and making three saves in the firest half. Caylee Waters came in to man the cage in the second half, allowing three goals and making one save. Meagh Graham went the distance in goal for Virginia Tech, making nine saves.
Carolina will return to action on Sunday at No. 7 Northwestern.