COLLEGE PARK -- Top-seeded and defending national champion North Carolina scored five straight goals in the second period to break open the game and easily defeat Virginia, 14-5, last night in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament at Byrd Stadium.
North Carolina (10-2, 4-0) has won all three previous ACC titles.
Virginia (6-5, 0-4) had shown progress in its past two games, with victories over VMI and Hofstra, but last night the Cavaliers were no match for the Tar Heels. The Cavaliers' loss was by the largest margin since a 16-6 defeat to Johns Hopkins last year. Virginia's five goals were its lowest total since a 12-3 loss to Hopkins in 1989.
Virginia junior All-America attackman Kevin Pehlke was held without a goal for only the fourth time, the second this season. Pehlke, a Calvert Hall grad, was guarded by North Carolina junior defender Alex Martin (Gilman School).