Apr 25, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, MD. -- The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team won its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and ended a two-game losing streak to North Carolina with a 10-5 win over the Tar Heels at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., on Sunday afternoon.
"I want to congratulate Maryland," UNC head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. "They came out from the opening whistle and attacked us. I was disappointed that we played so poorly in the first half because it put us in a hole that we simply couldn't overcome against a great team like Maryland."
The loss ends Carolina's eight-game winning streak and drops the Tar Heels to 14-2 this season. Maryland improves to 16-1. UNC had beaten the Terps twice in a row entering Sunday's contest, 13-9 in the regular season in Chapel Hill on April 10 and 8-7 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in 2009.
Tournament MVP Caitlyn McFadden had three goals and two assists for the Terrapins. Laura Merrifield scored two goals, Kristy Black had two goals, Karri Ellen Johnson and Sarah Mollison had a goal and two assists and Amanda Spinnenweber had a goal and an assist.
Corey Donohoe scored twice for Carolina with Megan Bosica, Kristen Taylor and Emily Garrity each scoring once. Mia Hurrin had one assist for UNC. The Tar Heels were held to a season-low five goals in the game.
Maryland dominated the first half, out-shooting the Tar Heels 17-7 in the first 30 minutes of play. Carolina committed seven first-half turnovers trailed 6-1 at the break. The one first-half goal was a season low in a half for UNC.
McFadden had two goals and two assists in the first half, Black had two goals and Mollison had two assists in the first half. Maryland goalkeeper Brittany Dipper made five first-half saves, including three in a row on UNC free position shot attempts late in the opening half. Logan Ripley tallied eight first-half saves and finished with 11 in the game.
In the second half, Taylor and Donohoe scored two quick goals for the Tar Heels in the first three and a half minutes to cut the Terp lead to 6-3. The rally was short-lived as Merrifield and Mollison scored back-to-back goals to put the lead back to 8-3. The teams traded goals the rest of the way but UNC could get no closer than a four-goal margin.
Ripley, Donhoe, Bosica and Becky Lynch all were named to the All-ACC Tournament team for Carolina.
The loss drops Carolina to 1-4 in ACC Tournament championship games, winning in 2002 and losing in 1998, 2000, 2007 and 2010. Carolina is now 10-13 all-time in 23 ACC Tournament games.
Carolina will take a break from game action to take spring semester final exams and will return to action on May 8 against Cornell in its regular season finale in Alexandria, Va. NCAA Tournament bids go out on May 9 and NCAA Tournament games will begin on Saturday May 15