Friend Sets UNC Marks as Tar Heels Edge Georgetown
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In the second round of a tournament that brings out the best in teams, UNC went on a run late in the game to pull away from Georgetown. This marks the first time that UNC has ever defeated Georgetown in an NCAA Tournament game, having lost to them twice before.
Despite allowing UNC to jump to a 5-2 lead with one minute to go in the first half, Georgetown swung the momentum in their favor heading into halftime by scoring two goals with under a minute left. The Hoyas came out of the locker room on fire and tied the game at 5-5 in the first seventeen seconds of the second half.
It wasn't until about the eight-minute mark that UNC was able to regain the lead. Despite a few opportunities, the Hoyas were unable to finish on some good looks to goal, allowing the Tar Heels to go on a three-goal run. The Hoyas would not go down without a fight as they netted another goal with under a minute left, to make the score 10-8 with time to tie it up.
However, despite a courageous effort, and outshooting UNC 22-17, the Hoyas were unable to get it past Megan Ward, who made eight saves in the second half and helped stave off a Georgetown comeback.
Both teams showcased some impressive defense, which made the offenses have to work really hard for a shot. Sloane Serpe anchored the Tar Heels on the defensive end and Adrianne Devine made some huge plays for the Hoyas. Ultimately, UNC was able to pull it out in the end, after trading scores the entire game.
Though disappointed by the loss, head coach for Georgetown, Ricky Fried, was very proud of his team's effort.
"I thought our kids played really hard, they stuck to the game plan, and all you can ask is for an opportunity at the end of a game and I thought we did a tremendous job in that respect," Fried expressed, "You have to give Carolina a lot of credit for stepping up and producing when it mattered."
Key for the Tar Heels' offense was Abbey Friend, who had a multi-record-breaking day on four goals and an assist. She surpassed the previous record of 192 career points (set by former teammate, Corey Donohoe, who watched from the stands) and tied the record for goals in a single season with 62.
Head coach for UNC, Jenny Levy was pleased with her team's ability to dig deep to surge ahead late in the game and credited the efforts of seniors, Friend and Serpe, in securing the win.
Levy expressed that her team is still a work in progress, saying, "This team has been so tough all year and we're never going to be pretty this year, but we're resilient," adding, "we're going to keep clawing and scrapping and doing what we can to get wins."
With this win, The Tar Heels advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and will be back in action next weekend when they take on the winner of the #6 Virginia vs. Princeton game.
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