February 15, 2012

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Balanced Attack Leads Tar Heels Past Liberty

from press release

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Twelve different University of North Carolina players scored goals as the third-ranked Tar Heels improved to 2-0 this season with a 19-3 win at Liberty on Wednesday afternoon.

Carolina, ranked No. 3 in the IWLCA coaches poll, improves to 2-0 this season. Liberty falls to 0-1.

Sophomore Abbey Friend led the Tar Heels with four goals and one assist and Becky Lynch had two goals and three assists. Paige Hanson tallied a goal and three assists and Laura Zimmerman had two goals and one assist.

Other Tar Heel scorers included Lindsay Scott (two goals), Brittney Coppa (two goals), Kara Cannizzaro (one goal and one assist), Sam McGee (one goal and one assist). UNC got single goals from Morgan Rubin, Jessica Griffin, Emily Garrity and Paula Schmidt.

Carolina dominated most statistical categories, including shots (39-13 advantage), ground balls (20-12) and draw controls (15-9).

Lauren Maksym started in goal and improved to 2-0 this season, making two saves and allowing two goals in the first half. Britt Giacco played the entire second half and tallied three saves with one goal allowed.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of action on goals from Coppa, Friend and two goals from Lynch. After the Flames' Caroline Milwicz scored an unassisted goal at the 17:01 mark of the first half to make the score 4-1 UNC, Carolina ripped off seven consecutive goals for a commanding 11-1 lead with just over five minutes left in the first half.

Liberty made it 11-2 at halftime, only to see Carolina outscore the Flames 8-1 in the second period for the final score of 19-3.

Carolina will return to action on Sunday at Richmond.


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