March 28, 2009

This Time, UNC Women Handle BC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior Chelsea Parks led the way with five goals as the North Carolina women's lacrosse team topped visiting Boston College 12-8 Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field for the Tar Heels' sixth win in a row. With the victory, UNC improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Eagles fell to 7-4 (0-3 ACC).

"Chelsea did a great job, just asserting herself and making good plays to the cage," UNC coach Jenny Levy said. "Amber Falcone has done a really nice job for us all year. She's been really consistent, a big presence for us on the field whether it's one-on-one defense, transitioning the ball, coming up with draw controls or loose balls, her play has really been at a top level all season and that was the case today as well. Chelsea and Amber - it was good to see my seniors anchor the effort today. Any day, this group has different kids that can step up and that makes us good."

In addition to the team-high five goals by Parks, the Tar Heels got three from junior Kristen Taylor and one each from juniors Jenn Russell and Kristen Carr and freshmen Becky Lynch and Laura Zimmerman. Junior Megan Bosica had three assists to boost her season total to a team-best 16, while Lynch and Russell added one each. 

Junior Logan Ripley started in goal for UNC, making six saves and allowing six goals in 56:50. Freshman Britt Giacco played the final 3:10, with two saves and two goals allowed. Goalkeeper Katie Monaghan played all 60 minutes for B.C., making eight saves.

Maura Mahoney led the Eagles with three goals, while Kristin Igoe had two. Jenna McCabe, Jill Rekart and Hannah Alley each had one, and Igoe added the team's only assist.

UNC jumped out to a 3-0 lead and was up 6-1 at halftime after outshooting B.C. 14-6. The Tar Heels continued their run in the second half, when Taylor scored all three of her goals within a span of just over five minutes to put Carolina up 9-2 with 24:41 to play. The Tar Heels led 11-3 before Boston College closed the game with a 5-1 run. For the game, UNC led 33-23 in shots and 17-13 in ground balls.

"Last year we lost to B.C. and it became a stall-ball kind of game," Levy said. "We really didn't want to be in that situation again, so we wanted to make sure we won the draw and put a lot of pressure on them offensively. I thought we did an OK job of it. I thought we could have been a little sharper, especially in the second half. We seem to be stuck on 12 goals and a lot of that just has to do with the tempo of the defense that we're playing, and we're playing a lot of teams that are sagging on us. We're just taking our time and making sure we have good possessions."

Saturday's game marked the fifth time in the six-game winning streak that UNC has finished with 12 goals.

UNC is 3-0 in ACC play for the first time since 1998, when that was the Tar Heels' final record in the conference, which then included just four teams.

Next up for the Tar Heels is a pair of nonconference games in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the ACC/ALC Lacrosse Challenge. On Friday, UNC takes on the host Buckeyes at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Carolina meets Penn State for an 11 a.m. contest. After two more road games - ACC battles at Maryland on April 11 and at Duke on April 17 - UNC hosts Stanford on April 19 at Fetzer Field for its final game of the regular season.



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