February 16, 2011

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Donohoe Stays Hot in UNC Win over Vandy

from staff reports

NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Senior Corey Donohoe had five goals and two assists to tie her career scoring high and lead the third-ranked University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team to a 14-10 road victory at No. 11 Vanderbilt on Wednesday afternoon at the VU Lacrosse Complex. With the victory, Carolina improves to 2-0 this season. Vanderbilt falls to 1-1.

Donohoe's five goals matched her career high set on two previous occasions, most recently against Cornell in the 2010 regular season finale. The seven points also matched Donohoe's career high, set against both Virginia Tech and Old Dominion last season. Through two games this season, Donohoe has nine goals and two assists for a team-high 11 points.

UNC junior Becky Lynch tied her career high with four goals in the victory. Lynch also scored four goals and added two assists for a career-high six points in the overtime loss at Virginia last season. Kara Cannizzaro scored twice for Carolina and Sarah Kuonen had a goal and an assist. Abbey Friend and Emily Garrity each also scored for the Tar Heels.

Carolina sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Maksym, making her second career start, set a career high with 15 saves in the cage for UNC. Three Vanderbilt shots hit the goal pipe, helping negate a 38-23 shot advantage for the Commodores. Vandy also gathered 22 ground balls to Carolina's 10 and held a 17-9 advantage in draw controls. The Tar Heels committed 15 turnovers to Vanderbilt's eight.
 
Carolina scored the first four goals of the game before Kelly Connors got the Commodores on the board in the 14th minute. Vandy's Katie Mastropieri would then connect on a free position shot to bring the Commodores within two goals at 4-2.

The Tar Heels scored another three straight goals from Lynch, Friend and Donohoe to go up 7-2 before Vanderbilt answered. Tallies by Alex Priddy, Emily Franke and Courtney Kirk got Vanderbilt back within two at halftime, 7-5.

Franke scored three minutes into the second half to pull Vanderbilt within a goal, but the Tar Heels got three straight goals from Lynch, Cannizzaro and Kuonen to expand the lead to four with 17 minutes to play. The Commodores would get no closer than three the rest of the way, as UNC slowed the game down and controlled possession for much of the final seven minutes.

The Commodores were by Franke's four goals, while Kirk added two goals and an assist. Ally Carey controlled nine draws, caused three turnovers and gathered three ground balls to lead the Commodores in all three categories.

Carolina will return to action on Sunday when it hosts Richmond at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill.


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