April 5, 2009

Elite 8: UNC Ups Win Streak Against PSU

from press releases

COLUMBUS, Ohio - North Carolina's women's lacrosse team got three goals and an assist from junior Kristen Taylor and two goals and an assist from Corey Donohoe on its way to its eighth consecutive victory, an 11-7 win over Penn State on Sunday morning in the second day of the Atlantic Coast Conference/American Lacrosse Conference Challenge in Columbus, Ohio.  

The win was the eighth in a row for the Tar Heels, who have not lost in the last month since dropping back-to-back decisions to Northwestern at home and to Penn on the road on March 2 and March 6, respectively.  

Since those losses, Carolina (11-2) has won at Denver, at home against Virginia, Old Dominion and Georgetown, at Virginia Tech, at home against Boston College, at Ohio State and Sunday against Penn State in Columbus.  

On Sunday, the Tar Heels got three goals and an assist from Taylor, two goals and an assist from Donohoe and two goals from Megan Bosica.  Jenn Russell, Laura Zimmerman,  Kaitlyn Messinger and Meghan Clarke had single goals for UNC, while Amber Falcone, Chelsea Parks and Becky Lynch had single assists.

PSU (5-6) got two goals apiece from Kerry Shea, Theresa Bucci and Jen Steadman in the loss.

Carolina out-shot the Nittany Lions by a 28-18 margin, including a 17-6 edge in the first half.  The Tar Heels scored first to take an early lead on a goal by Donohoe off an assist from Lynch just 1:20 into the first half.  After a goal by Theresa Zichelli for PSU, Carolina scored four of the next five goals to take a 5-2 lead late in the first half.  Taylor scored twice during that run while Donohoe and Russell added scores as well.

After the Nittany Lions pulled within two goals at 8-6 with 11:53 left in the game, Carolina scored three consecutive goals to ice the victory.  Bosica and Messinger scored unassisted goals during that run and Clarke added a goal off an assist from Taylor.

Logan Ripley played all 60 minutes in goal for Carolina, recording 10 saves and allowing seven goals.

The Tar Heels will return to ACC action next weekend with a crucial road game at Maryland next Saturday afternoon.  UNC will close out the 2009 regular season the following weekend, playing at Duke on Friday April 17 and at home against Stanford on Sunday April 19.

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