April 7, 2012

Cannizzaro Career-High Leads UNC Over Maryland

from press release

Kara Cannizzaro scored a career-high give goals and North Carolina locked up the ACC regular season championship with a 14-11 win over Maryland.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Kara Cannizzaro scored a career-high five goals and Abbey Friend added four goals and an assist as the North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated Maryland 14-11 at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Carolina captures the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship with a perfect 5-0 league record. UNC will be the top seed in the ACC Tournament in two weeks in Durham, N.C.

The Tar Heels, ranked fourth in this week's IWLCA coaches poll, capture their fifth ACC regular season title, joining 1998 (outright), 2000 (tie), 2006 (tie) and 2010 (tie). The 2012 season marks the first 5-0 ACC record in UNC history. Carolina improves to 13-1 overall on the year.

Maryland, ranked third in this week's IWLCA rankings, falls to 11-3, 2-2 in ACC play. Carolina's 14 goals are the most the Terrapins have allowed this season. The UNC defense held the Terps, who entered the game averaging 14.85 goals per contest, to nearly three goals beneath their season average.

Cannizzaro led the Tar Heels with five goals and four ground balls. Friend had four goals and an assist along with a ground ball and a caused turnover. Laura Zimmerman had two goals, two assists, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Other Carolina scorers included Becky Lynch, Emily Garrity and Brittney Coppa, each of whom scored one goal.

Katie Schwarzmann led Maryland with four goals and one assist and Alex Aust added three goals and two assists. Kristy Black had three assists, Beth Glaros scored twice, and Brooke Griffin and Karri Ellen Johnson each scored once.

Carolina gathered 17 ground balls in the game to Maryland's eight, while also forcing 15 Terrapin turnovers and committing just eight miscues.

Lauren Maksym started in goal for Carolina and made one save in each half while allowing the first nine Terp goals. Taylor Thomas came in to relieve Maksym for the final 14:14 of the game and made two saves. Brittany Dipper went the distance in the cage for Maryland, recording eight saves.

In the first half, Cannizzaro scored three unassisted goals in the first 5:04 of the game as UNC took a 3-0 lead. Maryland responded with two quick goals of its own from Johnson and Schwarzmann, making it 3-2 at the 23:21 mark.

Zimmerman made it 4-2 Carolina with an unassisted effort, wrapping around the cage and scoring as she dove to the ground. Coppa made it 5-2 at the 15:48 mark of the opening half with an unassisted goal from the right of the cage. Maryland's Aust scored on a pretty pass from Black at the 12:14 mark, cutting the lead to 5-3 Tar Heels.

Lynch scored on a quick shot in transition off a good pass from Zimmerman at the 8:38 mark to make it 6-3 UNC. A free position goal from Cannizzaro, her fourth of the day, made it 7-3 with 5:04 left before halftime. Friend made it 8-3 with a free position goal with 1:40 left before the break.

Schwarzmann's second goal came off a pass from Aust with 34 seconds left in the opening half, stopping the 3-0 Tar Heel run. UNC responded 31 seconds later when Garrity scored on a fast break off a pass from Friend with three seconds left before the half. The Tar Heels out-shot Maryland 15-8 in the first half and gathered 11 ground balls to the Terrapins' five.

Friend scored on a free position try just over a minute into the second half to make it 10-4 Tar Heels. Glaros scored off a pass from Schwarzmann to make it 10-5 UNC as the Terps cut the deficit to five goals. Zimmerman pushed it back to a six-goal lead with an unassisted goal at the 23:37 mark.

Maryland then went on a 4-0 scoring run to make things interesting. Back-to-back goals from Griffin and Schwarzmann cut the UNC lead to four at 11-7 with 20:44 to play. Aust scored unassisted with 15:05 to go, stutter-stepping to pass a Tar Heel defender to make it 11-8 and force a Carolina timeout. Glaros scored her second goal of the game at the 14:14 mark, cutting it to 11-9 as Maryland scored its fourth consecutive goal.

Friend stopped the Maryland run with an unassisted goal with 9:20 to play, then Cannizzaro's fifth goal of the game made it 13-9 with 5:37 to go. Maryland scored twice more and Friend scored a late goal for Carolina.

Carolina will return to action next Friday night (April 13) at top-ranked Northwestern in a game that will be televised nationally by the Big Ten Network.


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