CHAPEL HILL – Top-ranked North Carolina (3-0) scored five times in the first 3:57 of the game and set a school record with 18 first-half goals, cruising past Canisius, 24-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels tied the school record for goals in a game, set against Longwood on April 15, 2007.
Twelve different Tar Heels scored goals in the victory, led by five from freshman Carly Reed. Sophomore Aly Messinger had four goals and an assist and Abbey Friend had three goals and three assists. Sydney Holman finished with two goals and two assists, Lindsay Scott had a goal and two assists and Taylor George scored three times.
The Tar Heels got single goals from Molly Hendrick, Maggie Bill, Devin Markison and Carly Davis, with Hendrick adding an assist. Eileen Giles and Maddie Zeigler each scored the first goals of their collegiate careers. Juniors Sam McGee and Morgan Rubin each had single assists for UNC.
The Golden Griffins were led by two goals from Tori Greco, a goal and an assist from Taylor Giglio and two assists from Ashley Bull. Megan Cuddy, Tori Quinn and Caroline Ogden added single goals for Canisius.
Megan Ward started in goal for Carolina and picked up her third win of the season, allowing five first-half goals. Freshman Caylee Waters played a strong second half, making seven saves and allowing just one goal as the Tar Heel defense played well in front of her.
The Tar Heels scored five times within the first four minutes of the contest and quickly put the game out of reach with 10 goals by the 17:19 mark. Carolina ripped off five consecutive scores in less than five minutes midway through the first half to build a dominant, 15-3 lead. UNC's 18 first-half goals are a UNC record, and the Tar Heels led 18-5 at the break.
The Carolina defense stiffened in the final 30 minutes, allowing just one more goal while the Tar Heel backups controlled the offensive end for a 24-6 final margin of victory.
UNC out-shot Canisius, 38-17, and won 21 draws to the Golden Griffin's 11.
Carolina will return to action on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. against Vanderbilt at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.
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Canisius College fell 24-6 to No. 1 North Carolina on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (3-0) got off to a fast start by netting five goals in the first four minutes of the contest, with Canisius unable to recover, dropping the Griffs to 0-2 on the year.
“It was the second game in a row that we got off to a slow start and it cost us again today,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “When you're playing the top teams in the nation, it's crucial to get off to a good start and we didn't do that today.
“We tested our girls early -- scheduling the top-two ranked teams in the nation – and as a team we've found things we need to work on. But even though we've started 0-2, I think these games will be beneficial to achieving our long-term goals this season.”
Canisius was able to get on the board five minutes in when junior attacker Meghan Cuddy scored her fourth goal of the year on a free position opportunity, cutting the Tar Heel lead to 5-1.
After another pair of North Carolina goals, junior attacker Tori Quinn found the back of the net for the Griffs following a quick feed from sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull.
North Carolina midfielder Aly Messinger then tacked on two of her four goals on the afternoon on back-to-back possessions before Canisius junior midfielder Tori Greco scored her first goal of the season off a free position opportunity. That sequence increased the Tar Heel lead to 9-3.
The Tar Heels put the game away for good after Greco's goal by scoring on six-straight possessions, led by one of Carly Reed's game-high five goals.
The Griffs would score twice more in the first half, as sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio scored her first goal as a member of the Blue and Gold and Greco found the back of the net for the second time on a free position opportunity. Canisius would head into the half trailing 18-5.
Sophomore attacker Caroline Ogden tallied the Griffs' goal in the second.
After starting the season on the road for the first two contests, Canisius will return home Tuesday, Feb. 25, to take on Colgate. First draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
Game Notes: The Griffs also started 0-2 in 2013 and they went on to win 14 of their final 17 contests ... Tori Greco's two goals made today's contest the first multi-goal game of the junior's career ... Sophomore Ashley Bull's two caused turnovers were also a career high.