Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, March 20

March 20, 2010

 

No. 2 Terps Edge Boston College, 7-6

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland slid past a previously undefeated Boston College team Saturday, 7-6, to gain sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Despite being held to its lowest scoring output of the year, the Maryland defense allowed BC a mere nine shots in the match and caused 14 Eagle turnovers. Brandi Jones and Karri Ellen Johnson led the Terrapin attack with two goals apiece. Johnson, a sophomore Tewaaraton nominee, also caused three turnovers and had a team-best four draw controls.

Maryland (8-0, 3-0 ACC) started the important conference contest with a 3-0 run, sparked by a pair of assists from Sarah Mollison. A total of 20 minutes elapsed between Maryland's third goal and Boston College's first as Jill Rekart put the Eagles on the board at 5:53. Katie Schwarzmann pushed Maryland's lead back to three with just under three minutes remaining in the half before the squads exchanged goals in the period's final minute for 5-2 Terp advantage.

BC scored two more goals for a slim 7-6 Maryland advantage, but Merrifield was able to cause a turnover and scoop up the ensuing ground ball as the Terps ran out the final minute of play.

BC goalie Sheila Serafino notched a career-high 14 saves on the day. Maryland, which moved to 6-0 all-time against the Eagles, did not turn the ball over in the second half.

Tar Heels Win At Georgetown, 13-6

WASHINGTON, DC - The University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team got four goals and an assist from Megan Bosica and three goals apiece from Jenn Russell and Corey Donohoe as the fourth-ranked Tar Heels dominated the second half and beat seventh-ranked Georgetown, 13-6, on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Leading 6-5 shortly after halftime, Carolina scored six consecutive goals in less than 10 minutes in the second half to blow open a close game and take a 12-5 lead.

Becky Lynch scored twice for the Tar Heels, who improved to 7-1 this season. Laura Zimmerman had two assists and Kristen Taylor scored a single goal for UNC.

UNC got on the board early with a pair of back-to-back goals from Lynch and Donohoe that were both assisted by Zimmerman just a minute apart. The Hoyas regrouped as Jordy Kirr hit an unassisted shot eight minutes into the game. The Tar Heels answered with another 2-0 run on goals from Bosica and Taylor.

No. 6 Virginia Dominates No. 13 Princeton, Wins 14-7

PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 6 Virginia women’s lacrosse team snapped a two-game one-goal losing streak to Princeton Saturday afternoon, using eight-unanswered scores to defeat the 13th-ranked Tigers, 14-7, at Princeton Stadium. The win marks the fourth-straight for the Cavaliers over a nationally ranked team and improves Virginia to 6-2 on the season, while the Tigers fall to 2-4 on the year.

Senior All-American Brittany Kalkstein led the way with four goals and two assists for a career-high six points. Three Cavaliers added two scores each – senior All-American Kaitlin Duff, redshirt sophomore Ainsley Baker and sophomore Josie Owen, while senior Caity Whiteley had one goal and two assists. Sophomore Julie Gardner tallied one goal and one helper. Sophomore Charlie Finnigan and freshman Anne Thomas rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

Virginia’s seniors started the scoring, with Whiteley assisting a goal from Kalkstein at 26:33 for Virginia’s first score. Duff, scoring in her 16th-straight contest, followed that up with a goal of her own at 25:24 to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 advantage.

Hokies fall to No. 18 Tribe, 24-16

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell to No. 18 William & Mary at Thompson Field, 24-16. The Hokies were able to avoid the 10-goal mercy rule in their first-ever loss to the Tribe at home. Junior Allie Emala spearheaded the Hokie offense with her most productive game of the season, tallying six goals and an assist, while Grace Golden and Molly Wannen led the Tribe with five apiece.

Both of Tech’s freshmen goalies, Alexis Carey and Alex Gale, saw time in goal as they rotated in and out throughout the game. Carey earned the start against the Tribe, making six saves. For William & Mary, Emily Geary played the full game in goal and made six saves on the day.