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Philly grads lead No. 2 UNC women past JMU, 13-9, in opener

Sunday, 1st February 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/1/15
From Staff Report and Press Release

Second-ranked North Carolina got four goals and an assist from sophomore transfer Alex Moore (Allentown, N.J.) and opened its 2015 season with a 13-9 victory over James Madison on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

Moore – one of many girls from the Philly region that stood out for UNC – led USC in goals last year as a freshman before transferring to UNC in the summer of 2014.

Molly Hendrick (Manheim Township) and Brittney Coppa both scored twice for the Tar Heels, who improved to 16-4 in season openers and 4-2 against James Madison in the first meeting between the schools since 2002.

The Tar Heels led, 6-5, at halftime before allowing JMU to take a 7-6 lead on back-to-back goals by Jaci Gordon and Leah Monticello in the first seven minutes of the second half. Carolina then went on a 5-0 run in the next nine minutes with Moore scoring three of those goals to help put it out of reach.

Eight different Tar Heels scored goals in the victory. In addition to Moore, Copa and Hendrick, Carolina got single goals from Sammy Jo Tracy, Aly Messinger, freshman Marie McCool (Moorestown, Co-Player of the Year in 2014), Kelly Devlin (Downingtown East) and Ela Hazar. Carly Reed and Sydney Holman dished out assists for UNC. Several Tar Heels made their official returns to the field after missing last season due to injury, including Tracy (foot), Holman (knee), Coppa (knee) and Devlin (knee).

McCool also had five groundballs and three draw controls and defender Margaret Corzel (Merion Mercy) collected five groundballs and one caused turnover. Hendrick added three draw controls, a caused turnover and a groundball. Defender Stephanie Lobb (West Chester East) contributed two groundballs and Devlin added two caused turnovers and a groundball while Moore added two draw controls and a groundball.

Monticello led the Dukes with four goals, while Stephanie Finley (Sacred Heart) had two goals and an assist while defender Emily Pillion (Conestoga) had a groundball and freshman Haley Warden (Garnet Valley, 2014 Co-Player of the Year) added a groundball. Ali Curwin had one goal and one assist, Gordon and Brooks Lawler each scored once and Carter Reifsnder had an assist.

Sophomore Caylee Waters started the game in goal for Carolina and played the first half, allowing five goals and making three saves. Megan Ward (1-0) played the second half and allowed four goals while making four saves. Schylar Healy went the distance in the cage for James Madison, making 11 saves and allowing 13 goals.

Carolina will return to action next Saturday at Florida in Gainesville, Fla.


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