Sunday February 28, 2010Lacrosse Falls to No. 4 North Carolina, 18-5
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Despite a very promising first half, the Florida lacrosse team struggled in the second half and fell on Sunday afternoon 18-5 to No. 4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Freshman Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) led the Gators with two goals.
Freshman goalie Cara Canington (Bel Air, Md.) played outstanding in the net to keep it close in the early going, finishing with a season-high 10 saves. UNC outshot Florida 36-17 in the game.
North Carolina got on the board first when Laura Zimmerman finished a free position attempt. Two more free position goals, from Kristen Taylor and Corey Donohoe, put the Tar Heels up 3-0 just over six minutes into the game.
Carolina goalie Logan Ripley kept the Gators off the scoreboard for the first 15 minutes of the game, but freshman attacker Ashley Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.) scored an unassisted goal to pull Florida back within two goals.
The Tar Heels answered right back after Bruns scored, finishing two quick goals to take a 5-1 lead with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Emily Garrity then found Megan Bosica with a great pass right in front of the goal, and Bosica got her shot past Canington to give Carolina a 6-1 lead.
Freshman Julie Schindel (Edgewater, Md.) found a cutting Dashiell, who fired her shot past Ripley for the Gatorís second goal. Dashiell then took things into her own hands and finished again to pull Florida back within three with less than two minutes to go in the first half.
With 50 seconds remaining before the break, freshman attacker Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) finished a free position attempt to cut the Tar Heels advantage to 6-4 at the half.
Carolina opened the second half with a pair of free position goals from Donohoe and Bosica to extend the home teamís lead back to four goals. Jenn Russell scored an unassisted goal and Garrity made a move past a Gator defender and scored to go up 10-4 and force a Florida timeout at the 16:18 mark of the second half.
The momentum didnít stop for the Heels after the UF timeout, as Kristen Carr controlled the ball after a foul on the draw and took it straight down the field and fired it past Canington for another UNC score. Becky Lynch found Sarah Kuonen for UNCís sixth-straight goal in the half. Freshman Colby Rhea (Abington, Md.) ended the Carolina scoring run, redirecting a pass from Schindel.
Russell drew a foul inside the 8-meter arc, and finished on the ensuing free position attempt for UNC. Just a few minutes later, Taylor took the ball right up the middle and scored her second goal of the game. Bosica finished another free position attempt to take a 10-goal lead with seven minutes left in the game. Three more Carolina goals put the final margin at 18-5.
Florida committed 29 fouls in the game, resulting in nine free position goals for UNC. The Tar Heels controlled 29 ground balls, compared to UFís 13.
The Gators return home to face St. Bonaventure on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.