Friday's game at High Point was delayed 15 minutes because of bus problems for the visiting North Carolina women's lacrosse team.
But once the contest started, UNC wasted no time jumping out to an early lead en route to a 17-5 victory over the Panthers.
The Tar Heels scored their first goal 12 seconds into the game on a free-position shot by junior Molly Hendrick. Hendrick would go on to score four goals in the nonconference matchup, giving her eight total on the young season.
The No. 2 Tar Heels (2-0) kept up the quick scoring pace, going up 5-0 in the first 4:47 of the game. High Point (0-1) wasn’t able to counter UNC’s offensive assault and went into halftime down 13-1.
The Panthers played the Tar Heels even in the second half, with each team scoring four goals. But North Carolina’s lead was too large to overcome.
The Tar Heels used two goalies on the evening. Junior Caylee Waters started in goal and allowed two goals while making four saves. Her teammate, senior Megan Ward, entered in relief in the second half. Ward made two saves and allowed three goals.
High Point had five different players score goals. Sophomore Erica Perrotta and senior Emily Meier led the team with three shots.
First-year Olivia Ferrucci was a bright spot for UNC. She scored three goals against High Point, giving her four total on the year. First-year Gianna Bowe also netted her first two goals as a Tar Heel on Friday evening.
The Tar Heels have nine players on the insidelacrosse.com Preseason All-America teams, including two on the first team — Waters and midfielder Maggie Bill.
Three numbers that matter
44: UNC had 44 total shots on Friday.
20: UNC dominated the draw all night, winning 20 compared to High Point’s four. Winning the majority of the draw controls allowed the Tar Heels to control the pace and attack at will against the undermatched High Point defense.
North Carolina will host San Diego State at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Fetzer Field in its third game of the season.
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