Baltimore, Md.-Twelve different Tar Heels found the back of the net as eleventh-ranked North Carolina (1-0) defeated UMBC (0-2) by a score of 23-5 this afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
UNC freshman Jess Allen (Monkton, Md./Hereford) opened up the scoring early as she netted an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the game. However, Retriever sophomore Jenny Kasper (Eldersburg, Md./South Carroll) found teammate Lauren Hess (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) at 4:03 to bring UMBC even at 1-1. North Carolina would begin to pull away as junior Nicki Barnes (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), sophomore Brooke Dieringer (Davidsonville, Md./St. Mary’s), and senior Beth Ames (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) scored three consecutive goals within the next six minutes. UMBC sophomore Kelly Fiorani (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) brought the Retrievers back to within two at with an unassisted goal, but the Tar Heels would go on a 12-1 run to end the half, and go into the locker rooms with a 16-3 advantage.
After the break, the story was not much different with UMBC scoring just twice more. North Carolina would receive seven goals from seven different players in the second half to cruise to the 23-5 victory.
The Tar Heels were led in scoring by Ames, who had four goals, while UMBC was led by Fiorani, who netted two.
Retriever starting goalkeeper Jena Goldstein (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) faced 26 shots while making six saves in just over 38 minutes of play, and freshman Kristina Raab (Amerst, N.Y./Amerst) played the final 21:50 and made two saves. For UNC, senior Katelyn Hoffman (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) played the entire first half and made three saves, while freshman Kristen Hordy (Northport, N.Y./Northport) came in for the second period to make four saves.
UMBC returns to action on Tuesday, March 2, when they host cross-town rival Loyola at