April 10, 2010

Courtesy of North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL - Senior Logan Ripley tied her career high with 13 saves and fellow senior Kristen Taylor had four goals and an assist as the third-ranked University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated No. 2 Maryland 13-9 on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

The win improved Carolina to 11-1 this season, 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with one league game left to play. Carolina's 13 goals are the most allowed by Maryland so far this season.

The loss was Maryland's first regular-season defeat since March 1, 2008, against Duke. The Terrapins (12-1, 3-1 ACC) have won 33 of their last 35 games overall with both losses coming to UNC. The Tar Heels also defeated the Terps last year in the 2009 NCAA Tournament semifinals in Towson, Md.

Virginia has completed conference play for 2010 and tops the ACC standings at 4-1. Carolina and Maryland are both 3-1. UNC will host Duke on Wednesday night and Maryland has a home game remaining against Virginia Tech.

In addition to Taylor's offensive output, Carolina got two goals and an assist from Corey Donohoe, two goals from Megan Bosica and Jenn Russell and a goal and two assists from Laura Zimmerman and Becky Lynch. Emily Garrity also added a single goal for Carolina.

Maryland got three goals and an assist from Kari Ellen Johnson, two goals from Katie Schwarzmann and one apiece from Laura Merrifield, Sarah Mollison, Brandi Jones and Amanda Spinnenweber. Caitlyn McFadden tallied three assists for the Terps.

Ripley played stoutly in the cage for Carolina, stopping several shots from close range. She tied her career-best in saves, after also having 13 in last year's regular-season win at Duke. For the day, Ripley allowed nine goals and made 13 saves in 60 minutes.

Brittany Dipper started in goal for Maryland and allowed 10 goals with five saves in 41:36 of action. Mary Jordan played the last 18:24 and had two saves with three goals allowed.

Carolina's Kristen Carr dominated the draw as the Tar Heels held a 15-9 edge in draw controls. Carr gathered five of those draws by herself.

Maryland drew first blood when Johnson scored on a free position attempt with 27:03 left in the first half. Bosica responded with an unassisted goal just over a minute later at 25:58, driving in for the score from the top of the arc. Just 19 seconds later, the Tar Heels scored again. Boscia controlled the draw, passed it ahead to Garrity. The freshman dished to Zimmerman, who fed Taylor for the quick score and a 2-1 lead.

Spinnenweber tied the score at 2-2 with 22:18 left in the half, spinning twice as she entered the fan before scoring from the left side. Russell's free position goal less than 30 seconds later put the Tar Heels back ahead at 3-2. Donohoe's unassisted goal with 17:02 left in the half made the score 4-2 Carolina. Brandi Jones' score off a pass from McFadden cut the lead to 4-3 before Zimmerman's free position goal with 8:40 left in the half put UNC up 5-3. Donohoe's second goal of the day, an unassisted score, made the score 6-3 with 7:20 left before the break.

Merrifield scored off a pretty pass from Johnson from behind the goal to cut the lead to 6-4 at 4:44. The first half was fairly even statistically with UNC totaling 16 shots to Maryland's 15 and each team gathering 10 ground balls. Ripley played very well in the opening 30 minutes, recording eight saves to Maryland's five in the half. The Tar Heels controlled seven first-half draws to Maryland's four. The score was 6-4 Carolina at the break.

In the second half, Donohoe's playmaking brought the Tar Heels another goal as she juked then passed inside to Taylor for a goal. After a yellow card on the Maryland bench, Lynch quickly capitalized with a quick fast break goal seconds later off a pass from Taylor at 23:55.

Taylor's third goal of the game, on a free position try, came at the 20:55 mark and made the score 9-4 Tar Heels, forcing a Terp timeout. A Russell goal at 18:24 made it 10-4 before Maryland quickly responded with a goal by Schwarzmann to make it 10-5 with 18:13 left to play. Johnson's second goal, this one off a pass from McFadden, cut the UNC lead to four at 10-6 with 14:30 left to play.

Carolina responded quickly, however, as Garrity took a pass from Lynch to push the lead back to five at 11-6 with 13:48 left. Bosica scored off a pass from Lynch for a 12-6 lead before Schwarzmann's second goal made it 12-7 UNC with under 10 minutes to go. Johnson's third goal of the game for the Terps made the score 12-8 with 8:45 left and forced a Tar Heel timeout.

Mollison's rebound goal with 6:53 left cut the lead to 12-9. Taylor responded with her fourth goal off Zimmerman's second assist for a 13-9 Tar Heel advantage with 4:44 left that would hold the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Duke at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field.