Survive and advance.
The Tar Heels survived a lackluster first half and scored three second-half goals to advance to the quarterfinals of the Men's College Cup with a 3-1 victory against Rhode Island on Sunday at Fetzer Field.
"They picked up on that," Bolowich said of his players' response to the note. "After last week, that's what the players were saying - survive and advance - because it was a very difficult game."
Last week, the top-ranked Tar Heels came back from a 2-0 second-half deficit to William & Mary and won in overtime to move on to the second round. Such a comeback wouldn't be necessary against the Rams.
UNC (21-2) netted two goals in the first 10:49 after halftime. Bolowich said the Tar Heel forwards were hesitant in the first half, and he instructed them to start attacking more from the flanks.
That strategy paid off when North Carolina junior Chris Carrieri scored from the right flank at 53:30 to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead. Carrieri's shot deflected off the shin of Rhode Island defender Neil Lewis and flew into the left side of the net.
Carrieri's goal, his 25th of the season, ended a three-game scoreless streak. Before that stretch, Carrieri's longest drought had been one game.
"I consider myself to be in a slump if I'm not scoring," Carrieri said. "That's my job. If we're winning, I'm OK. I'm doing my part, whether it's assisting or being double-teamed and somebody else is scoring goals, that's fine. I was definitely hungry to get another goal."
The Tar Heels got one 1:19 later off the foot of senior forward Caleb Norkus. But UNC's two-goal cushion didn't last long.