#2 TAR HEELS SET FOR #13 NORTHWESTERN SUNDAY
♦ North Carolina (7-1), the nation’s second-ranked team and defending NCAA champion, will host No. 13 Northwestern (3-4) on Sunday at noon in Chapel Hill.
♦ The game will be streamed live by ACC Network Extra.
♦ Carolina has won four consecutive games and 24 of its last 25 contests stretching back to last year, when the Tar Heels won 17 in a row to close the season and win the 2016 NCAA championship.
♦ Northwestern is ranked 13th in the IWLCA poll and 18th in the media poll this week. The Wildcats are 3-4 this season and are coming off an 18-10 win at home over Marquette last Saturday. Northwestern has beaten Canisius, Notre Dame and Marquette this spring while losing to Colorado, USC, Syracuse and Stony Brook.
SERIES HISTORY VS. THE WILDCATS
♦ Northwestern leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 11-6.
♦ The Tar Heels have won four of the last five meetings, including two in a row (a 9-8 overtime win in Evanston in 2016 and a 12-11 win in Chapel Hill in 2015).
♦ Carolina is 3-3 against Northwestern in Chapel Hill.
♦ Sunday will be the 13th meeting in the last nine seasons (since 2009).
♦ These two programs are meeting in the regular season for the 13th season in a row (every year since 2005) and have met in the NCAA Tournament four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013).
2016 MEETING AT NORTHWESTERN
♦ Aly Messinger scored 14 seconds into overtime to give fourth-ranked North Carolina a 9-8 win at No. 10 Northwestern on March 20, 2016.
♦ After Kelly Devlin won the draw to start overtime and was fouled, she passed to Molly Hendrick, who immediately hit Messinger for the point-blank game-winner with 2:46 left in the first three-minute overtime period.
♦ In the game, Messinger led the Tar Heels with two goals and two assists, while Hendrick had a goal and three assists. Marie McCool scored twice, and Olivia Ferrucci, Sydney Holman, Sammy Jo Tracy and Charlotte Sofield all scored once.
LAST TIME IN CHAPEL HILL
♦ Sammy Jo Tracy had three goals and an assist and Maggie Bill scored three times in the final 13:27 of the game as second-ranked North Carolina (4-1) beat sixth-ranked Northwestern (3-2), 12-11, in women’s lacrosse action in Chapel Hill. Carolina led 2-0 in the opening four minutes of the game but the margin was never more than one goal for either team the rest of the game.
♦ The contest was originally slated to be played on the grass at Fetzer Field but was moved to the artificial turf at Navy Field due to snow in Chapel Hill earlier in the week. Carolina was ranked No. 2 in the IWLCA poll and No. 3 in the media poll. Northwestern was No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, in the same two polls.
TAR HEELS ARE 24-1 IN LAST 25 GAMES
♦ The Tar Heels enter Sunday’s game having won 24 of their last 25 games, dating back to last season. Prior to the Feb. 25 loss at Maryland earlier this season, UNC won 20 games in a row, the longest winning streak in program history.
♦ Carolina closed its 2016 NCAA championship run on a 17-game winning streak.