Heels top G'town for team's 200th win
Zimmerman leads UNC with four goals in the victory.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Junior Laura Zimmerman scored four goals to lead the fifth-ranked North Carolina women's lacrosse team to a 13-10 win against No. 13 Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The win was the 200th career victory for Tar Heel coach Jenny Levy, who has been the UNC coach since the program's inception 16 years ago.
"It just means I've been coaching a long time," Levy said. "I've been very fortunate to be at the University of North Carolina for 16 seasons."
The visiting Hoyas (3-2) scored the first two goals of the game before Zimmerman got UNC (6-2) on the board with 20:57 to play in the first period. The score sat at 2-1 Georgetown for more than 10 minutes before Hoya freshman Hannah Franklin scored her second goal of the game to give her team a two-goal advantage at the 10:24 mark. After that, the Tar Heels took over, scoring five consecutive goals in a span of less than four minutes to grab the lead for good. Junior Becky Lynch and sophomore Kara Cannizzaro each scored twice and Zimmerman added another as the Tar Heels took a 6-3 lead.
In a flurry of scoring late in the half, Georgetown added two more goals in the final 1:16 and freshman Abbey Friend scored for UNC with a second on the clock to put the halftime score at 7-5.
In the second half, Georgetown drew within a goal on two more occasions before a three-goal run by UNC gave the Tar Heels some breathing room. Zimmerman had two more goals in the second half, sophomore Emily Garrity had two, and Friend and Lynch each added one more.
Sophomore Lauren Maksym played all 60 minutes in goal, making six saves.
For Georgetown, Franklin and sophomore Sophia Thomas led the way with three goals each. Freshman goalkeeper Barb Black made nine saves in the loss.
"Georgetown hasn't had the opening to their season that they wanted, but they're a good team," Levy said. "They've got some youth, as do we. I thought we came out and battled back in some tough situations. We stayed focused. We're making improvements and that's really the biggest thing for me is that we consistently get better. From the coaches to the players, I thought it was a great team win today."
The Tar Heel victory made Levy the 11th women's lacrosse coach in NCAA Division I history to win 200 games and the sixth active coach to do so, joining Navy's Cindy Timchal, Notre Dame's Tracy Coyne, Princeton's Chris Sailer, Virginia's Julie Myers and Duke's Kerstin Kimel.
In its 16th season as a varsity program, Carolina reached the 200-wins mark faster than any other program in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Maryland won its 200th game in its 18th season in 1991 and Virginia won its 200th in its 19th season (1995). Duke has 197 wins following Saturday's win over Dartmouth.
"Because Carolina is such a great university, academically and athletically, we've had a great opportunity to attract student-athletes who do well in the classroom and on the field and also give back in the community," Levy said. "Everyone has sweated on Fetzer and helped our program grown. It's a nationally-recognized program, and it competes for a national championship each year. We of course would like to win one, but I'm really happy with where our program is right now.
Levy is the second-fastest women's lacrosse coach in ACC history to reach 200 wins, trailing only Virginia's Julie Myers, who won her 200th game in her 13th season in Charlottesville (2008). Levy (then known as Jenny Slingluff) and Myers were teammates at Virginia, winning the NCAA championship in 1991.