BLACKSBURG, VA. - North Carolina won its 11th consecutive women's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech, beating the Hokies 18-11 behind a balanced scoring attack led by Kara Cannizzaro, Jessica Griffin and Abbey Friend.
The 11-game winning streak runs Carolina's record to 11-1 this season, 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and matches the second-longest streak in school history. The 2002 Tar Heel team won a school-record 12 games in a row, and the 1997 squad also put together 11 consecutive victories. Virginia Tech falls to 6-5, 0-3 ACC with the defeat.
Cannizzaro (four goals and one assist), Griffin (four goals) and Abbey Friend (three goals and two assists) led the way for Carolina. Aly Messinger and Brittney Coppa both had two goals and one assist, and Taylor George had a goal and an assist. Emily Garrity dished out two assists, and Sammy Jo Tracy and Kelly Devlin each scored once.
Virginia Tech was led by Brooke Martin's three goals and two goals and an assist from Kelly Naslonski. Libby Rosebro scored wtice and Meg Bartley had a goal and an assist. Jack Boissonneault, Lindsay Roche and Maddy Hess all scored once for the Hokies. Kelly Heaps had two assists and Megan Will dished out one.
Carolina out-shot Virginia Tech 36-24 and won 16 ground balls to Tech's 11. UNC forced 13 turnovers while only committing seven miscues of its own.
Virginia Tech controlled the early minutes, leading 6-3 after 15:33 of the first half behind two goals apiece from Rosebro and Martin.
Carolina responded with a 6-0 run in a span of less then five minutes on the clock to seize control of the contest. Griffin scored twice during the 6-0 run, and Messinger, Tracy, Griffin and Cannizzaro all also scored during that span. Boissonneault's goal with 1:56 to go in the half ended the Tar Heel blitz with UNC leading 9-7 at the break.
The Tar Heels dominated coming out of the locker room, scoring three in a row in the first eight minutes for a 12-7 lead. After the Hokies scored with 21:10 left, Cannizzaro, Friend and George put together back-to-back-to-back goals for a 15-8 UNC advantage the Tar Heels would not relinquish.
Carolina will return to action next Saturday afternoon at top-ranked Maryland in UNC's 2013 ACC regular season finale.