May 15, 2010

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CHAPEL HILL -- The University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game and defeated Navy, 18-5, in the NCAA Tournament opening round on Saturday afternoon at steamy Fetzer Field. The victory improves Carolina to 16-2 this season. Navy, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in its third year as a varsity program, drops to 17-4.

Becky Lynch had three goals and three assists and Megan Bosica had three goals and two assists for the third-seeded Tar Heels, who advance to next weekend's quarterfinal round to face the winner of the game between sixth-seeded Virginia and unseeded Towson, to be played in Charlottesville, Va., on Sunday. UNC will host the quarterfinal game next weekend at a time to be determined by the NCAA.

In addition to the output of Lynch and Bosica, Laura Zimmerman and Corey Donohoe each had three goals and one assist for UNC. Senior All-America and Tewaaraton Award finalist Jenn Russell, who saw several of her shots hit the goal pipe, had two goals. Sarah Kuonen had two goals, Emily Garrity and Kara Cannizzaro had one goal apiece and Kristen Taylor had an assist.

For the game, UNC out-shot the Midshipmen 39-13 and held a 29-14 advantage in ground balls.

The Tar Heels got off to a quick start, scoring five goals in the first six minutes of the game. UNC got back-to-back goals in the first 2:18 as Donohoe scored at the 28:18 mark off a pass from Lynch and Bosica followed with an unassisted goal at 27:42, driving from the top of the arc for a 2-0 lead. Russell made it 3-0 with an unassisted score at 25:22, penetrating from the left side for the score. Lynch made it 4-0 at the 24:12 mark, taking a pretty pass from Bosica and scoring from the left side. Zimmerman's goal off a pass from Lynch made it 5-0 at the 23:54 mark, prompting Navy to bring Margaret Verbeeck into the game at goalkeeper.

Five minutes later, Zimmerman scored again, this time on a free position try at 18:46. Navy got on the board with 11:00 left in the half on a free position goal by Caitlin Mandrin Hill that made the score 6-1. Russell's free position score at the 7:35 mark upped the lead back to six goals at 7-1. Garrity scored an unassisted goal with 3:32 left in the half that made the score 8-1. Kuonen scored off a pass from Zimmerman with 41 seconds left in the first half to make the score 9-1.

UNC out-shot Navy 19-5 in the first half and had 18 ground balls to the Midshipmen's 9 in the opening 30 minutes.

Thirty seconds into the second half, Zimmerman's third goal, off a pass from Taylor, made the score 10-1. Lynch's second goal came two minutes later, making the score 11-1 with 27:30 left to play. Bosica's unassisted goal made it 12-1 with 23:51 to go. Erin Rawlick's first goal came with 22:19 left in the game and cut the lead to 12-2 UNC. Rawlick scored again off a pass from Mandrin Hill with 20:44 left made the score 12-3. Rawlick scored again with 17:40 left off a pass from Madison Bell, cutting the lead to 12-4 and forcing a UNC timeout.

Kuonen's second goal came off a pass from Bosica on a free position attempt and made the score 13-4. Donohoe's second goal, on a free position try, put Carolina back up by 10 goals at 14-4 with 13:17 remaining. Donohe scored again less than two minutes later, this time off a pass from Griffin, for a 15-4 lead. The score was 16-4 after Lynch scored her third goal, off a pass from Donohoe, to make it 16-4. Bosica followed with a goal off a pass from Lynch to make it 17-4. Cannizzaro's unassisted goal with 2:18 left made the score 18-4. Katrina Nietsch scored an unassisted goal with 28 seconds left to make the final score 18-5.

The Tar Heel defense held Navy's Rawlick, the nation's leading scorer entering the game with 74 goals and 34 assists in 20 previous games, to zero points in the first half and three goals in the second half.

Logan Ripley started in goal for UNC and had four goals allowed and four saves in 53:34 of action. Lauren Maksym and Britt Giacco also appeared in the cage for UNC on the hot afternoon.