Record-setting offense sends UNC women into NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals

The defending national champion Tar Heels scored 23 goals, their most ever in an NCAA tournament game, in beating ACC rival Virginia on Sunday

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Marie McCool (4) is congratulated by teammate Sydney Holman after scoring a goal in Sunday's NCAA tournament victory against ACC rival Virginia

Defending national champion North Carolina put together a record-setting offensive performance Sunday while rolling into the quarterfinals of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament. The second seeded Tar Heels, playing their first tournament game following an opening round bye, got six goals from Carly Reed and five from Marie McCool to overwhelm ACC rival Virginia 23-12 at Fetzer Field. In the process, coach Jenny Levy’s team set a school record for most goals in a postseason game, surpassing the old mark of 22 scored against UMBC in 2012. The 23 goals were also a season high, two more than the 21 they scored in a regular season win against UVa. UNC (17-2) also got three goals and an assist each from Sammy Jo Tracy and Molly Hendrick while Ela Hazar picked up her 37th assist, breaking the single season school record. The victory sends the Tar Heels into a quarterfinal matchup against Navy next Saturday at 1 p.m. High Point, meanwhile, saw its 16-game winning streak come to an end Sunday with a 21-6 thumping at the hands of top-seeded Maryland. The Panthers scored their first ever NCAA tournament victory Friday by beating Towson, but they were no match for the powerful Terrapins — who scored the game’s first seven goals on the way to a 12-2 halftime lead. Maryland has now won 20 straight games. Emory Gaeng and Erica Perrotta scored two goals each for High Point, which finished the best season in school history at 16-4.