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UNC field hockey extends win streak

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But unlike Friday’s defensive struggle against Duke, which UNC won 2-1, the contest against VCU (4-10) was in favor of the Tar Heels (13-1, 4-1 ACC) from the opening whistle.

A plethora of chances in the opening moments led to a goal by Lauren Moyer 12 minutes in to give UNC an early advantage.

Throughout the first period, the Tar Heels created numerous chances but managed only one more score before half. Malin Evert found the back of the cage with less than 17 minutes left in the first frame to give North Carolina a 2-0 advantage going into halftime.

While UNC challenged Rams goalkeeper Kendall Clifton with 10 shots in the first half, it wasn’t until after intermission that the Tar Heel attack began to see all of its opportunities turn into goals.

Gab Major started the onslaught by scoring just 51 seconds into the second half. Casey Di Nardo followed, and then Emily Wold served one past Clifton in a wild six-minute span.

After the dust settled, UNC had a 5-0 lead with 28:12 left on the clock.

The Tar Heels controlled the ball for the remainder of the contest, and a VCU goal with less than 17 minutes left was the only hiccup in an otherwise dominant UNC victory.

Quotable

“We were a little sluggish early on, but I’m pleased with how we came out in the second half. It was a really good weekend for the Tar Heels.” — Coach Karen Shelton on her team’s performance on Sunday.

Notable

With UNC’s victory on Sunday, Shelton earned her 600th career win, making her the second Division I coach to reach the prestigious milestone. In her 35 seasons as the Tar Heels’ head coach, she has a record of 600-151-9.

3 numbers that matter

3: The Tar Heels found the back of the cage three times in the first 6:48 of the second half, which helped grow their lead to a comfortable five goals.

7: In seven games this season, the Tar Heels have managed to score at least five goals. Entering Friday’s match, North Carolina ranked second in the nation in scoring average with 4.58 goals per game.

5: Five different UNC players scored goals in Sunday’s victory over the Rams. Coming into the game, 12 Tar Heels had combined to score 62 goals so far in 2015.

What’s next?

The Tar Heels play at Wake Forest at 3 p.m. on Friday in their final conference game of the season.

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