March 23, 2011

Donohoe, Zimmerman Lead Balanced UNC Offense

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Carolina's Corey Donohoe had a game-high four goals and Laura Zimmerman totaled six points as the Tar Heels eased to a 14-5 victory over Cornell at Fetzer Field Wednesday night. Sixth-ranked UNC improved to 7-2 with the win while the Big Red fell to 3-4.

Carolina's balanced scoring attack led the way for Coach Jenny Slingluff-Levy's unit which broke the game open by scoring seven of the last eight goals of the first half.

Donohoe led the way for Carolina with four goals while Zimmerman had the top point total with six on a three-goal, three-assist effort. Becky Lynch had five points in the game with two goals and three assists while Kara Cannizzaro also contributed in a big way with two scores and a helper.

The Tar Heels only outshot the Big Red 29-24 but goalie play was a big factor for UNC. Carolina employed two goalkeepers and made 13 saves on 17 second half shots by the Big Red. Lauren Maksym played 53:08 of the match and recorded 13 saves while allowing only four goals. Brit Giacco finished up the last 6:52 and made three saves while allowing a single goal. Kyla Dambach made seven saves in goal in 60 minutes for the Big Red.

Carolina won the ground ball battle 20-19 and dominated draw controls 15-6. The only negative on the stat sheet for UNC was 20 turnovers, including 12 in the second half.

Carolina came out strong in the first half, outshooting the Big Red 17-7 and leading in ground balls 12-8. UNC was particularly accurate in its shooting, scoring on eight of 12 shots on goal.
Cornell opened the scoring with 23:40 left in the first half when Katie Kirk scored on a rebound. It didn't take long for the Tar Heels to tie the game as Corey Donohoe tallied on a free position shot with 21:42 to play in the first half, a goal which led to a flurry of activity with four goals scored in a matter of 1:02. Just 18 seconds later Cornell regained the lead on an unassisted goal by Shannon McHugh, who dodged her defender and scored in tight space in front. Twenty-seven seconds later, the game was tied again as Donohoe scored her second goal of the match for Carolina assisted by Kara Cannizzaro. UNC then took the lead 3-2 with 20:40 left in the half by Margaret Corzel assisted by Laura Zimmerman.

The lead grew to 4-2 at 18:51 as Cannizzaro followed up her assist with a goal, scoring off Zimmerman's second assist of the match. Laura Zimmerman then earned her third point of the game as she scored off an assist by Becky Lynch with 15:19 left in the first half. The Tar Heels continued their goal-scoring run when Katie Cannizzaro scored on a behind-the-back shot off an assist by Becky Lynch in the 17th minute of the match. It was the third point of the match for the sophomore from Cazenovia, N.Y. Zimmerman assisted on another goal, scored this time by Lynch, giving her three points in the match, at 12:04 of the half. The Heels had scored six straight and stretched their lead to 7-2. After nearly a nine-minute scoring drought Abby Friend scored an unassisted goal with 3:09 left in the first half.

Cornell opened the scoring in the second half as Caroline Salisbury tallied off an assist by Olivia Knotts 2:59 into the second half. The Tar Heels got the goal back on Becky Lynch's second goal of the game on a free position shot with 22:05 left to play. At 20:29, UNC's Corey Donohoe scored her third goal of the game off an assist by Becky Lynch to make it 10-3. It was Lynch's fifth point of the game and her third assist. The Tar Heels made it 11-3 on a free position goal by Laura Zimmerman with 13:57 of the game. It was her second goal of the game to go along with three assists. Zimmerman scored her second goal in a row, assisted by Emily Garrity, to pump up the lead to 12-3 with 13:02 to play. The Tar Heels' upped their to 13-3 with 11:08 to play as Donohoe scored her fourth of the game on a dodge to the goal. Cornell scored to make it 13-4 with 9:14 on a free position shot by Jessi Steinberg. At 7:17, UNC upped its lead to 14-4 with a goal by Kaitlyn Messinger assisted by Abby Friend, allowing for the second running clock situation of the match. Cornell cut the lead to 14-5 with 4:26 to play as Steinberg scored on an outside, line drive shot assisted by Julie Klatzkin.

Next up for North Carolina is a home game this Saturday against Boston College as UNC returns to ACC play. The match begins at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field.

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