April 17, 2009

Late Goals Lift Carolina Over Duke

from press release

DURHAM, N.C. - Megan Bosica and Kristen Taylor scored late goals in a span of less than two minutes late in the game as fourth-ranked North Carolina beat sixth-ranked Duke, 9-7, on Friday night at Koskinen Stadium in Durham.

With the win, Carolina improves to 12-3 this season, 4-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and clinches the No. 2 seed in next weekend's ACC Tournament in Blacksburg, Va. Duke falls to 10-4, 3-2. As the No. 2 seed, UNC will receive a bye to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Bosica scored on a free position attempt from the left wing with 6:02 left in the game to break a 7-7 tie and Taylor followed with a goal off an assist from Lynch with 4:12 left to ice the victory.

Becky Lynch led the Tar Heels with two goals and one assist. Jenn Russell added two goals despite suffering a bloody lip midway through the second half, while Corey Donohoe had a goal and an assist. Chelsea Parks and Laura Zimmerman had single goals for UNC and Kristen Carr had an assist.

Junior Logan Ripley played very well in goal for UNC, recording 13 saves. Duke entered the game averaging nearly 16 goals per game but scored just seven times on Friday. The seven goals tied a season low for the Blue Devils.

Ripley and the UNC defense held Duke scoreless for more than 27 minutes, a stretch spanning the last 11:34 of the first half and the first 15:47 of the second half.

Carolina will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Stanford in the Tar Heels' regular season finale at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.

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