North Carolina wins women's lacrosse championship

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) Aly Messinger and Megan Ward led North Carolina to its second NCAA women's lacrosse championship in four years Sunday, 13-7 over Maryland at Talen Energy Stadium.

Messinger tied her career high with six points with two goals and four assists, and Ward made a career-high 14 saves for North Carolina. The Tar Heels closed with a school-record 17 straight victories to finish at 20-2 - also a club record for victories in a season.

Molly Hendrick scored three times, Carly Reed had two goals and two assists, Ela Hazar added two goals and an assist, Sammy Jo Tracy also had two goals, and Marie McCool had a goal and two assists.

Maryland (22-1) had won 26 straight games.

Megan Whittle led Maryland with three goals, and Caroline Steele had two.

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