Abbey Friend becomes North Carolina leading scorer in Round of 16 win
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Third-seeded North Carolina got four goals and an assist from senior Abbey Friend and defeated unseeded Georgetown 10-8 on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA tournament second round at Fetzer Field.
Friend took over as the career goal leader for North Carolina (15-4) while also tying the UNC single-season goal mark on Sunday. She entered Sunday's game with 191 career goals, one behind the school record of 192 set by Corey Donohoe (2008-11).
With her performance against the Hoyas, Friend now has 195 goals in her career. She has career highs of 62 goals, 16 assists and 78 points this season. Her 62 goals tie the single-season school record set by Kellie Thompson in 2002. The school single-season mark for points is within reach at 83, set by Kara Cannizzaro in 2013.
On Sunday, the Tar Heels also got strong performances from a trio of freshmen in Molly Hendrick, Maggie Bill and Carly Reed. Hendrick and Bill both tallied two goals and an assist, while Reed scored twice. Redshirt freshman Carly Davis chipped in an assist, as did senior Taylor George.
The Hoyas got two goals each from Reilly Woodman and Hannah Franklin, along with three assists from Caroline Tarzian. Meghan Farrell, Courtney Caputo, Colleen Lovett and Kristen Bandos each scored single goals for the Hoyas.
Carolina now has won 15 consecutive NCAA tournament games at home and is 16-1 overall in home NCAA contests. The Tar Heels have won five NCAA games in a row and are 13-4 in NCAA tournament play since 2009. UNC will be making its 15th appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals and its 10th in a row.
The Tar Heels struck first on a free position goal by Friend at the 23:18 mark of the first half. Carolina built a 4-1 lead with 9:45 left in the half, then allowed the Hoyas to close the first half on a 3-1 run to make the score 5-4 Tar Heels at the break.
Georgetown scored just 17 seconds into the second half to tie things up at 5-all. The two teams traded goals before Franklin scored off a Tarzian assist to give the Hoyas their first lead of the game at 7-6 with 12:00 to play.
Reed tied it back up at the 8:31 mark, taking a pass from Davis and scoring to make it 7-all. Carolina scored three insurance goals in a row to take a 10-7 lead with 1:07 left, making Farrell's late GU goal inconsequential to the final outcome.
The Tar Heels got strong play in the cage from their pair of All-Atlantic Coast Conference goalies once again. Freshman Caylee Waters, a first-team All-ACC pick this year, started and made four first-half saves while allowing four goals. Sophomore Megan Ward, a second-team All-ACC choice, made eight second-half saves to pick up her 11th victory of the season.
Georgetown out-shot Carolina 22-17 marking the sixth time in the last eight games that UNC's opponent has attempted more shots than the Tar Heels. Ground balls were even at 20 for each team, and the Hoyas controlled 12 draws to Carolina's eight.
Carolina will return to action in the NCAA quarterfinals next Saturday at home against the winner of Sunday afternoon's late game between sixth-seeded Virginia and unseeded Princeton.