Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Saturday, April 10

April 10, 2010

No. 3 Tar Heels Down No. 2 Terrapins, 13-9, In Key ACC Win
Senior Logan Ripley tied her career high with 13 saves and fellow senior Kristen Taylor had four goals and an assist as the third-ranked University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team defeated No. 2 Maryland 13-9 on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field.

The win improved Carolina to 11-1 this season, 3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference with one league game left to play. Carolina's 13 goals are the most allowed by Maryland so far this season.

The loss was Maryland's first regular-season defeat since March 1, 2008, against Duke. The Terrapins (12-1, 3-1 ACC) have won 33 of their last 35 games overall with both losses coming to UNC. The Tar Heels also defeated the Terps last year in the 2009 NCAA Tournament semifinals in Towson, Md.

Duke Overcomes Slow Start to Edge Eagles, 12-11
Despite a sluggish start, the fourth-ranked Duke women's lacrosse team was able to come from behind to grab a narrow, 12-11 victory over No. 19 Boston College Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.

Duke, who trailed by as many as four goals in the second half, moves to 11-3 on the year picks up its first home conference win of the season to move to 2-2 in the ACC. Boston College falls to 8-4 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.

The game was a tale of two halves for the Blue Devils as Boston College outshot Duke 17-13 in the opening period and only committed two turnovers to control possession. Duke's defense came through in the second half, however, limiting the Eagles to only four shots while forcing eight BC turnovers.

Hokies top American, 17-12, on Senior Day
The Virginia Tech lacrosse team ended its home slate on a high note, outing the American Eagles, 17-12, at Thompson Field. The victory was Tech’s third at home this season and second at Thompson Field. Sophomore Morgan Widlake led the Hokies on offense for the second game in a row as she scored a season-high six goals, while Amanda Makoid paced the Eagles with four.

Tech (5-9) got out to one of its strongest starts all season, putting five goals away in the opening eight minutes of the game, commanding a powerful presence and lead early on. Both Widlake and junior Shannon Bone buried two goals in Tech’s opening stretch.

The Eagles (5-9) finally got on the board, ten minutes in, but the Hokies maintained control of the game for the majority of the first half. Despite tacking on four more goals after American’s first, the Hokies allowed the Eagles to rally towards the end of the half and watched them score four additional goals in the final six minutes of the period to chip away at Tech’s lead, making it a four-goal game at the break.