Friends Leads No. 3 UNC to Big Win Over Albany
from press release
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Third-ranked North Carolina
jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat 16th-ranked
Albany, 16-7, on Friday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. The
Tar Heels got four goals from Abbey Friend and three goals and one
assist from Kara Cannizzaro in the win.
The start of the game was delayed approximately an hour and 15 minutes due to thunderstorms in the Chapel Hill area. With the victory, Carolina improves to 4-0 this season. Albany falls to 1-1.
In addition to Friend and Cannizzaro's output, the Tar Heels got two goals from Taylor George and Becky Lynch, a goal and an assist from Kaitlyn Messinger and Laura Zimmerman and single goals from Sam McGee, Paige Hanson and Morgan Rubin. Emily Garrity had an assist for UNC.
Albany got two goals from Mel Rorie and Rachael Burek, a goal and an assist from Kathleen Lennon and single goals from Rachel Bowles and Amanda Pollock. Nichole Eamer had an assist for the Great Danes.
The Tar Heels struck quickly with three goals in the first 2:01, the first on a free position shot by Cannizzaro and the second when Cannizzaro dished to Friend for a fast break goal. Friend struck again with an unassisted goal at the 27:59 mark that made it 3-0. The Great Danes cut the lead to 3-1 at the 25:06 mark on a pretty play when Lennon passed to Bowles for a quick goal. The Tar Heels followed with back-to-back goals from Messinger and Friend that made the score 5-1 UNC and forced an Albany timeout at the 21:40 mark.
Lynch made it 6-1 with an unassisted goal at 19:29, circling around the cage and slipping the ball past goalie Annie Berman. Canizzaro scored her second goal of the night at the 14:30 mark to make it 7-1 Tar Heels. Cannizzaro scored again less than a minute later, picking up an errant pass from Berman and scoring easily for an 8-1 lead at 13:44.
Albany struck back and cut it to 8-2 when Rorie picked up a poor Tar Heel clearing pass and scored at 12:32. Lennon made it 8-3 with a free position goal at the 9:01 mark. Zimmerman's free position goal for Carolina upped the lead back to six at 9-3 with 7:57 to go in the half. George scored unassisted on a pretty spin move for the Tar Heels at 6:49, making it 10-3 Carolina. McGee then made it 11-3 off a pass from Messinger, and Hanson's free position goal made it 12-3. Morgan Rubin made it 13-3 with 1:22 to go until the break. Burek's free position goal with four seconds left in the half made it 13-4 at the break.
The offense was harder to come by in the second half with six total goals scored (three for each team). The Tar Heels maintained a 10-goal lead for most of the final 30 minutes, establishing a running clock situation for much of the half.
The Tar Heels out-shot the Great Danes by a 33-16 margin and dominated the draw controls, 20-5.
Carolina will return to action on Sunday afternoon for a 1 p.m. game against No. 10 Vanderbilt at Fetzer Field.