CHAPEL HILL - Top-ranked North Carolina (12-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got four goals apiece from Abbey Friend and Maggie Bill and defeated second-ranked Maryland (13-1, 4-1 ACC), 17-15, on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels went on a 5-0 run to start the second half and take control of the game after trailing 10-9 at halftime.
Carolina bounced back from Monday's loss at Northwestern by winning its 16th game in its last 17 outings. The Tar Heels had won 15 consecutive games prior to Monday's loss to the Wildcats in Evanston, Ill. UNC's 17 goals were the most scored against Maryland since April 22, 2007.
Bill finished with four goals and an assist along with three draw controls and a ground ball for the Tar Heels. Friend had four goals, and Sydney Holman and Aly Messinger scored three goals apiece. Taylor George finished with a goal and an assist, and Molly Hendrick scored twice, including the game-winner. Sam McGee added an assist for Carolina.
With four total points on Saturday, Friend now has 228 for her career, tying Becky Lynch for second in UNC history behind Corey Donohoe's 256.
Maryland got four goals and an assist from both Taylor Cummings and Kelly McPartland. Zoe Stukenberg scored three times, while Brooke Griffin and Halle Majorana both tallied a goal and an assist. Beth Glaros and Jen Mendez each scored single goals for the Terrapins.
Bill and Messinger each scored two goals during the Tar Heels' 5-0 run to start the second half, with Holman scoring the other goal during the span. Carolina held the Terrapins scoreless for the first 15:17 of the second half until McPartland scored to make the score 14-11 UNC. The Tar Heels then responded with back-to-back goals by Friend and Hendrick to complete a 7-1 run and go ahead 16-11 with 9:10 to play.
Maryland scored four of the game's final five goals, including three in the last 3:20, to make the final score 17-15.
The Terrapins started strong in the first half, scoring first in the first minute of the contest and then responding to back-to-back UNC goals with a 6-0 run to take a 7-2 lead. That five-goal deficit was Carolina's largest of the 2014 season.
Sophomore Megan Ward was stout in the cage for the Tar Heels in relief of starter Caylee Waters. Ward came into the game after 18:45 of first-half action and UNC trailing, 8-4. She made nine saves to improve to 10-0 this season in the cage. Waters made her second start in a row in goal and made three saves while allowing eight goals in 18:45 of action.
Abbey Clipp started and played the first half in goal for Maryland, then went to the bench in favor of Emily Kift, who allowed five goals in 14:09 of play and took the loss for the Terrapins. Clipp later returned to the game and finished with two saves and 12 goals allowed in 45:51.
The team stats were a study in contrast, as Carolina won despite a 24-10 Terrapin edge in draw controls and a 35-24 Terp shot advantage. UNC won 22 ground balls to Maryland's 10, and made 12 saves on the day to Maryland's three.
Carolina will return to action next Saturday (April 12) at Syracuse.