No. 3 UNC Storms Back to Top No. 10 Cornell
from press release
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina scored the final four goals of the game and fought back for an 11-10 win over Cornell in women's lacrosse action Wednesday evening at Fetzer Field. The third-ranked Tar Heels improved to 8-1 with the win while the No. 10 Big Red (6-1) fell for the first time this season.
Senior captains Kara Cannizzaro and Emily Garrity led the way for Carolina, with Cannizzaro scoring a team-high four goals and Garrity scoring twice late in the game and assisting on the game-winner.
"I think that shows great leadership – you want your seniors to play big in big games," UNC coach Jenny Levy said. "But I also think the rest of the team came up with some really good play to help them do their jobs well. It was Kara and Emily really turning the tide and I'm more than excited to see our kids do that, but I think that it started with a tough draw control by Jess Griffin, it started with tough play by Aly Messinger ... so other people contributed to it, too – it wasn't just them."
With UNC trailing 10-7 with 15:19 to play, Garritty scored two in a row, the first unassisted and the second assisted by Cannizzaro, to pull UNC within one. Cannizzaro then worked her way in from behind the goal to score unassisted and tie the game at 10-10 with 5:16 remaining.
Carolina took the lead for good with 3:15 on the clock on a goal by junior Brittney Coppa, assisted by Garrity.
"The fact that we played from behind and dug out a tough win is a good sign for us," Levy said. "We have to have a short memory, look at what we did well in this game and what we need to do better, but also move forward and keep our momentum going into our game this weekend against B.C."
The Tar Heels took control early against Cornell and led 5-2 with 11 minutes left in the first half. But the Big Red chipped into UNC's advantage with back-to-back goals by senior Caroline Salisbury. Cannizzaro scored her third goal of the first half with 1:31 to play before halftime to put the score at 6-4 at the break.
Tar Heel junior Abbey Friend opened the second half with a goal just 32 seconds into the action, assisted by Garrity. Cornell then went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-7 lead on junior Amanda D'Amico's free position shot with 15:19 remaining in the game. That score held until Garrity's first goal just over four minutes later started the Carolina comeback.
UNC finished with 28 shots, 20 of them in the first half. Cornell had 18 shots, with 12 of them in the second half. The Tar Heels also held the advantage in draw controls (13-10) and ground balls (19-12).
Senior Lauren Maksym started in goal for UNC, playing the first half then returning with 10 minutes left in the game. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Ward played the first 20 minutes of the second half. Senior Courtney Gallagher played all 60 minutes in goal for Cornell.
Next up for the Tar Heels is an Atlantic Coast Conference home game against Boston College on Saturday at 7 p.m. Carolina heads into the matchup with the Eagles 1-0 in league play following an 8-7 win over Virginia on March 9.
"We're playing a lot of games right now, our kids are being taxed physically and it's good to be able to dig out something and get momentum," Levy said. "We've got our second ACC game on Saturday against B.C. and they're a tough opponent. We want to ride this momentum and continue to get better."