No. 2 North Carolina 9, Longwood 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina closed out the home portion of its schedule Wednesday evening with a 9-0 win against visiting Longwood. The second-ranked Tar Heels improved to 13-2 win the win, while the Lancers fell to 6-11.
In the 27th minute of play, sophomore Nina Notman scored the only goal the Tar Heels would need, delivering a strike on Carolina's second penalty corner of the game. Emily Wold and Janne Grove assisted on the play.
In the 33rd minute, the Tar Heels scored on another corner, this one coming from junior Samantha Travers, assisted by Wold. Just 57 seconds before halftime, Notman scored again, grabbing possession of the ball near the top of the circle and firing a shot to put the Tar Heels up 3-0 at halftime.
Carolina continued to roll after the break, with back-to-back goals by sophomore Casey Di Nardo. Her first came in the 40th minute, when freshman Lauren Moyer set a pass from the left side of the cage and Di Nardo edged it in back of Longwood keeper Kaye Goulding from the right. Less than seven minutes later, she scored again. Her first shot was saved by a defender, but she gathered the rebound and shot again for her team-high 12th goal of the year.
Travers then added her second penalty corner goal of the night, assisted by freshman Julia Young and junior Loren Shealy in the 51st minute. In the 56th minute, senior Marta Malmberg scored on the first of two UNC penalty strokes to put the Tar Heels up 7-0. In the 66th minute, Moyer scored off a rebound after Goulding saved a shot by Malmberg.
The final Tar Heel goal came in the 69th minute on a second penalty stroke, this one by redshirt freshman Caroline Plyler, who scored the first goal of her career.
No. 7 Boston College 5, Harvard 2
Newton, Mass. -- Boston College defeated Harvard 5-2 on Wednesday. Sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia scored a career-high three goals in the Eagles' 12th win of the year.
The Eagles (12-4) outshot the Crimson (5-7) 21-11 in the regional matchup and both of Harvard's goals came on penalty strokes.
Harvard got on the board in the third minute as Marissa Balleza converted a penalty stroke to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead.
It didn't last long as Sebia scored her first goal on a deflection off of junior midfielder Emma Plastera's shot three minutes later. Sebia then gave the Eagles the lead in the 14th minute on a corner as freshman forward Eryn McCoy took a direct shot on net and Sebia tipped it in.
Before the end of the half, junior Katlyn Soucy put BC up 3-1 as she scored her first goal of the year. The midfielder dribbled into the circle from the right side and shot to the left corner with less than six minutes to play in the frame.
Balleza made it a one-goal game in the 49th minute, converting a second penalty stroke, but freshman midfielder Emily McCoy gave BC the two-score lead again four minutes later on an unassisted goal. She collected a rebound off new netminder Issy Davies' pads and placed it high to the left corner for her ninth of the year.
With a minute and a half to play, Sebia completed her hat trick, deflecting another shot off Eryn McCoy's corner shot. Sebia now has seven goals on the year and McCoy notched her first two collegiate assists.