March 26, 2011

Tar Heels Keep BC Winless in ACC

from press release

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Senior Corey Donohoe scored five goals - including three in a row early in the game - to lead fifth-ranked North Carolina to a 15-10 Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse win over No. 17 Boston College Saturday. UNC improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in ACC play with the win, which came on a chilly afternoon at Fetzer Field. The visiting Eagles fell to 7-3 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.

"Overall, what we're trying to work on is getting better every day and every game," UNC coach Jenny Levy said. "I thought this was one of the more complete games that we've played, from possession in the midfield to defensively to offensively, I was really happy with our effort. We were able to score in a multitude of different ways, from transition to settled, and I just thought our poise and our patience all over the field was really good."

Boston College got on the board first, on an unassisted goal by Brittany Wilton just 1:26 into the game. The 1-0 lead, however, would be BC's only advantage of the afternoon. Carolina freshman Abbey Friend tied the score 12 seconds later with the first of five consecutive UNC goals, two by Friend and three by Donohue. By midway through the half the Tar Heels led 5-1, and the Eagles never again were closer than two goals.

Carolina led 8-4 at halftime, with each team having taken 13 shots and BC leading 7-6 in ground balls. The Eagles scored to open the second half and bring the game to 8-5. After Donohoe scored her fifth goal, at the 25:56 mark, BC's Kristin Igoe scored her second goal of the day, putting the scoreboard at 9-5. UNC senior Laura Zimmerman then scored back-to-back goals, followed by one from Kara Cannizzaro, who also assisted on Zimmerman's second score.

After a run of three Carolina goals - by Friend, Emily Garrity and Becky Lynch - in less than two minutes put the hosts up 15-7 with 2:35 to play, the Eagles closed with three consecutive goals to put the final score at 15-10.

For the game, BC outshot Carolina 25-24. Tar Heel goalkeeper Lauren Maksym made five saves, while her Eagle counterpart, Sheila Serafino, had six.

Next up for UNC is an ACC road game, at Virginia Tech on Friday. The Tar Heels are back at Fetzer field on April 3, when Old Dominion visits for a 1 p.m. game

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