March 6, 2012

No. 2 North Carolina Doubles Up Lehigh, Moves to 7-0

from press release

CHAPEL HILL - Second-ranked North Carolina got five goals and one assist from Laura Zimmerman and three goals and three assists from Becky Lynch and defeated Lehigh 16-8 in collegiate women's lacrosse action on Tuesday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill. With the victory, the Tar Heels improve to 7-0 this season. Lehigh falls to 2-3 with the defeat.

UNC forced 19 Lehigh turnovers while committing just seven miscues of its own, controlled 21 ground balls to Lehigh's seven and won the game despite Lehigh dominating the draw, 19-7.

Zimmerman tied her career high with five goals on five shots, connecting on both of her free position opportunities and dishing out one assist. Lynch had three goals and three assists, increasing her UNC-record career assist total to 84. Emily Garrity finished with two goals and one assist and Paige Hanson scored twice. Taylor George andSam McGee each had a goal and two assists and Kara Cannizzaro had one goal and one assist. Abbey Friendalso scored a goal for Carolina.

Lehigh was led by two goals each from Leigh Ann Torcivia, Lauren Murray and Kelsey Yenco. Julie McBrien had a goal and an assist and Julie Tatios scored a goal.

Zimmerman started the scoring with a free position tally in the eighth minute of action. Lehigh's McBrien tied it at 1-1 less than two minutes later. Lynch quickly put the Tar Heels back ahead 2-1 when she took a pass from Taylor George from behind the cage and scored with a quick shot. After Lehigh tied it again at 2-2, Friend scored in the 16th minute off a pass from Lynch to make it 3-2 Tar Heels halfway through the first half. 

Lynch and Zimmerman each scored their second goals of the game to make the score 5-2 UNC with under 10 minutes to play in the half. The score was 5-3 Tar Heels at the break.

Carolina quickly scored two goals in the first three minutes of the second half to take a 7-3 lead, then Zimmerman added a goal off a pass from Cannizzaro that made it 8-4 with 26:34 left in the game, forcing a Lehigh timeout. Quickly thereafter, Zimmerman scored her fourth goal of the game off Lynch's third assist for a 9-3 UNC lead.

The Tar Heels built a 13-4 lead after a 3-0 run in three and a half minutes, then allowed Lehigh to score four of the last seven goals of the game to make the final margin 16-8.

Carolina will return to action on Saturday at Virginia in the Tar Heels' Atlantic Coast Conference opener in Charlottesville, Va.

 


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