May 14, 2011

Carolina Eliminates Virginia for Good This Time

from press releases

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Third-seeded North Carolina got four goals from Kara Cannizzaro and three goals and an assist from Laura Zimmerman and defeated unseeded Virginia, 15-7, on Saturday afternoon in women's lacrosse NCAA tournament first-round action from Fetzer Field. Becky Lynch and Emily Garrity each added a goal and two assists for Carolina (14-5), which defeated Virginia (9-9) for the third time this season and the fourth time in a row.

The Tar Heels advance and will host sixth-seed Loyola (Md.) next Saturday (May 21) at 1 p.m. in the NCAA quarterfinals. Loyola beat Massachusetts, 14-7, on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

Saturday's game opened identically to the teams' regular season contest at Fetzer Field on March 12 (UNC won, 8-7). But following one hour and 38 minutes of a weather delay, the Tar Heels scattered five goals throughout 10 minutes of play to take a commanding 13-4 advantage and never looked back.

On the day, Carolina also got two goals from Abbey Friend, two from Brittney Coppa , a goal and an assist from Corey Donohoe and a goal from Margaret Corzel.

For Virginia, Katie Slater and Dana Boyle both scored twice and Charlie Finnigan had a goal and an assist. Ainsley Baker and Julie Gardner had single goals for the Cavaliers and Annie Thomas added an assist.

"It's always hard to beat an opponent three times in season, and I'm pleased with our focus today," UNC head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. "We had only played one game since the ACC tournament three weeks ago, so I also was happy that we came out with focus today."
 
Carolina maintained a lead throughout the first half, scoring first and leading 3-1 after seven minutes of play. Virginia's Boyle scored to cut the lead to 3-2 at the 21:33 mark of the half before the Tar Heels got three consecutive goals from Friend, Cannizzaro and Coppa to take a 6-2 lead.

The squads traded goals in the final minutes for a 7-3 UNC lead at halftime.

Carolina outshot the Cavaliers 14-8 and committed 15 fouls to UVA's 7 in the opening half. Cannizzaro scored two goals in the opening 30 minutes with Lynch and Zimmerman each adding one goal and one assist. Slater scored twice in the first half for Virginia.

Garrity scored on a free position goal just over three minutes into the second half, at which point the game was suspended for an hour and 38 minutes due to severe weather in the area. Virginia's Baker scored off transition to cut the lead to 8-4 Tar Heels just 32 seconds after resuming play. Cannizzaro scored her third goal, an unassisted effort, at the 22:37 mark to make it 9-4 Carolina. Zimmerman then scored on a free position try with 18:35 to go, making the score 10-4.

Back-to-back goals from Friend and Zimmerman made it 12-4 and forced a Cavalier timeout with 13:47 to play. The teams traded goals down the stretch and the final score was 15-7.

Carolina out-shot Virginia 30-22 in the game and controlled 14 draws to Virginia's 10, including an 8-5 edge in the second half. Lauren Maksym went the distance in goal for UNC, tallying nine saves. Kim Kolarik played all 60 minutes in the cage for UVa and made eight saves.

The Tar Heels' win was their third over the Cavaliers this season. On March 12, UNC beat UVA 8-7 in Chapel Hill in the regular season. Carolina also beat the Cavaliers 16-5 in the first round of the ACC tournament on April 22 in Cary, N.C. Along with with a 17-7 UNC win over UVA in the 2010 NCAA tournament quarterfinals, Carolina has beaten UVa four straight times. Overall, UNC has won six of the last seven installments in the series and is now 5-1 against Virginia in NCAA tournament games.


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