March 14, 2009

Defense Helps No. 9 UNC Upend No. 4 Virginia

from staff reports

Megan Bosica scored three goals and set up a fourth, helping the ninth-ranked Tar Heels trip up No. 4 Virginia in ACC women's action. Jenn Russell also added three goals in the winning effort.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 4 Virginia women's lacrosse team struggled with sloppy weather conditions and transitioning the ball, falling 12-8 to the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The win gives the Tar Heels their first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, bumping them to 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in the league. The Cavaliers fall to 5-2 on the season and 1-2 in the ACC.

Senior All-American Blair Weymouth led all scorers with four goals on the afternoon, while junior Kaitlin Duff notched two. Senior All-American Ashley McCulloch had a goal and an assist, while junior Yeardley Love added a goal and freshman Josie Owen rounded out the scoring for the Cavaliers, contributing an assist.

North Carolina was led by Megan Bosica and Jenn Russell, who each tallied three goals and an assist. Defensively, Russell caused four turnovers and in goal, Logan Ripley came up with eight saves for the win.

Carolina got on the board first, scoring two quick goals before Weymouth converted a free position shot at 25:35 to pull Virginia within one, at 2-1. Bosica scored her second goal for the Tar Heels 1:35 later, before Duff fired a shot into the net at 22:29 to keep UNC's lead to one, at 3-2.

The Tar Heels ended up going on a 3-0 run within a five-minute span to take a 6-2 lead by 15:38. Duff halted the streak with a score at 14:16, but three more goals from Carolina gave the Tar Heels a six-goal margin.

Weymouth finished a feed from McCulloch with 4:30 on the clock, serving as the final goal of the half, giving UNC a 9-4 halftime advantage.

Carolina extended its lead in the opening of the second half, scoring two unanswered goals for an 11-4 lead with 22:57 to play.

Duff won the ensuing draw control and sparked a flurry of goals for the Cavaliers, in which Love finished a feed from Owen to nip the Tar Heel's run. Weymouth then tallied back-to-back scores for Virginia to cut UNC's lead to four, at 19:01.

Jenn Russell would score North Carolina's next goal a minute later, before McCulloch found the back of the net at 16:23, serving as the game's final goal and accounting for the 12-8 score.

Defensively, sophomore Liz Downs led the team with three ground balls, while Duff won a team-high four draw controls.

Throughout the midfield, the Cavaliers only successfully cleared the ball in seven of their 14 attempts and committed a season-high 19 fouls, including four yellow cards.

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