Feb. 20, 2010

Courtesy of UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshmen Kara Cannizzaro and Emily Garrity scored three goals each and senior Kristen Taylor had two goals and two assists as the fourth-ranked North Carolina women's lacrosse team beat No. 11 Vanderbilt 12-6 Friday evening at Fetzer Field. Tar Heel sophomore Becky Lynch and junior Corey Donohoe contributed two goals and an assist each in the win.

The Tar Heels improved to 2-0 with the victory, while the Commodores dropped to 0-2 on the season, including a 19-10 loss to Duke last Sunday. "Vanderbilt was coming off a big loss against Duke last weekend, and when we watched the film we were pretty convinced that we weren't going to be playing against the same team that played Duke," UNC coach Jenny Levy said. "It certainly wasn't. "I think we took a really good shot from a really good team. This was a big game for them and I thought my kids handled their early pressure really well."

The Tar Heels scored just 19 seconds into the game, with Taylor feeding Donohoe for her second goal of the year. But the Commodores responded with three goals in a row over the next 10 minutes to take a 3-1 lead. The Vanderbilt goals came from Sarah Downing, Katherine Denkler and Alex Priddy, the last on a free position shot. "We got in the hole a little and I really like that we showed confidence and composure to fight back and get control of the game and do what we wanted to do," Levy said.

Carolina outscored VU 5-1 in the last 17:06 of the half to lead 6-4 at halftime, then gradually increased the margin in the second half. Lynch had two unassisted goals during the first-half run and Donohoe closed the half the same way she started it, scoring on an assist from Taylor with two seconds on the clock.

UNC pulled away in the second half, scoring six in a row before Vanderbilt closed with two goals in the final 6:38.

"At the beginning of the game we were all amped up and making easy things look hard. but we settled down in the second half," Levy said. "I was happy with a lot of things that we did, and I think we can still get better."

Next up for the Tar Heels is a trip to play Richmond on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Tar Heels' next home game is Feb. 26, when they return to Fetzer Field to host Oregon.

No. 4 North Carolina 12, No. 11 Vanderbilt 6

VU goals - Sarah Downing 2, Ally Carey 1, Katherine Denkler 1, Alex Priddy 1, Anastasia Adam 1
UNC goals - Kara Cannizzaro 3, Emily Garrity 3, Kristen Taylor 2, Becky Lynch 2, Corey Donohoe 2
UNC assists - Taylor 2, Donohoe 1, Lynch 1, Jenn Russell 1

Shots: UNC 36, VU 18
Ground balls: UNC 39, VU 28
Draw controls: UNC 7, VU 8
Free-position shots: UNC 2-4, VU 2-2
Saves: UNC (Logan Ripley) 7, VU (Natalie Wills) 15
Fouls: UNC 19, VU 20
Turnovers: UNC 17, VU 25