Friend totals six points, UNC records 10 first-half goals en route to win vs. UVa
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Third-seeded North Carolina scored three times in the first minute of the game, pouncing on Virginia en route to a 13-9 victory in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals on Saturday at Fetzer Field. With the win, Carolina (16-3) advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Carolina jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes, led 10-2 at halftime and won despite five consecutive Virginia goals in the final 16 minutes of the game that made the final score 13-9.
The Tar Heels got five goals and six total points from Abbey Friend in the game, tying her career highs in both categories. UNC also got three goals, two assists and five ground balls from Kara Cannizzaro. Emily Garrity had a fine all-around game, controlling a career-high seven draws, forcing three turnovers and scoring twice.
Brittney Coppa had two goals and an assist. Freshman Aly Messinger set a season high with three assists, Morgan Rubin scored a goal and Sam McGee had an assist.
Kelly Boyd scored three times to lead Virginia. Ashlee Warner and Casey Bocklet both had a goal and two assists for the Cavaliers, who also got two goals each from Courtney Swan and Liza Blue.
UNC have now won eight games in a row against Virginia and 10 of the past 11 installments in the series. The Tar Heels are 6-1 in NCAA tournament play against the Cavaliers. Carolina has beaten UVa in the NCAA tournament four times in the past six seasons (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013).
The Tar Heels will be making their seventh appearance in the NCAA semifinals, all under head coach Jenny Levy.
"Obviously, we're very excited," Levy said. "Every program in the country wants to play on the last weekend with the opportunity to advance and play for the national championship. I thought the key to the game was how we started. I looked up and we were up by three goals less than a minute into the game.
"The second half was really sloppy for us. We had some chances to widen the lead but didn't, so credit their goalie [Kim Kolarik] for making some big saves. I also thought Emily Garrity was a key for us. She had seven draw controls, three caused turnovers and two goals, which is great."
Kolarik played all 60 minutes in the cage for Virginia and finished with five saves. UNC freshman Megan Ward started her fifth consecutive game, playing all 60 minutes and recording seven saves.
Carolina improved to 7-7 all-time in NCAA tournament quarterfinal games, winning its fourth quarterfinal in its past five tries.
Carolina dominated the draw, controlling 16 to Virginia's eight overall.
UNC scored 10 first-half goals on 10 shots, finishing the game with 13 goals on 24 shots. UNC also won 23 ground balls to Virginia's 18.