March 24, 2012

No. 3 Heels Sneak by Boston College 9-8

from press release

NEWTON, Mass. - Abbey Friend's free position goal with 7:45 to play broke an 8-8 tie and lifted third-ranked North Carolina to a 9-8 win at No. 19 Boston College on Saturday afternoon in Atlantic Coast Conference women's lacrosse action.

Friend led all scorers with four goals as the Tar Heels improved to 10-1 this season, 2-0 in the ACC. BC fell to 5-5, 1-2.

Friend added two ground balls to go with her four scores. Kara Cannizzaro had three goals and two ground balls. Laura Zimmerman tallied a goal and an assist and Becky Lynch scored once while gathering a game-high four ground balls.

Covie Stanwick led BC with two goals and an assist, while Kristin Igoe had two goals and Brittany Wilton had a goal and an assist.

The Eagles jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first 17 minutes of the game, then saw the Tar Heels rip off a 4-0 run to take a 4-3 lead. Cannizzaro scored twice during the run, with Zimmerman and Lynch adding goals as well.

BC scored the last two goals of the opening half to tie it at 5-5 at the break, then scored a third consecutive goal less than two minutes into the second half to take a 6-5 lead.

Friend scored twice and Cannizzaro scored as the Tar Heels went on a 3-0 run over a 13-minute span to lead 8-6 with 14:41 to play. The Eagles then clawed back into a tie with back-to-back goals that tied it with 9:28 left. Friend's game-winner came with 7:45 to play and the UNC defense held the Eagles scoreless the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels out-shot the Eagles by a 32-18 margin, including 16-7 in the second half. BC goalie Emily Mata made 15 saves. UNC's Lauren Maksym improved to 10-1 in the cage this spring, tallying four saves.

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