No. 1-Seed North Carolina Defeats No. 4-Seed Duke, 14-4, in First ACC Women's Lacrosse Semifinal

April 23, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md.— Top-seeded North Carolina secured a berth in the finals of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship by defeating fourth-seeded Duke, 14-4, in today’s first semifinal at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. Junior attacker Corey Donohoe scored three goals and had a pair of assists to lead the Tar Heels to their fifth appearance in the ACC championship game and first since 2007.

“The [Atlantic Coast Conference] is such a tough conference and Duke is a really good team,” said North Carolina head coach Jenny Levy. “I thought the first half went really well. I wasn’t happy with some of our feeds, but I thought the shots were good. We played a solid defensive game too.”

The win improves the Tar Heels to 14-1 overall (4-1 ACC) and advances them to Sunday’s championship game, in which they will play the winner between No. 3-seed Virginia and No. 2-seed Maryland, who get underway in today’s second semifinal game at 5 p.m. The loss drops Duke to 12-5 overall (2-3 ACC).

The opening half was dominated by the Tar Heels, who had 10 more shots and corralled five more ground balls than Duke did in the period.

North Carolina opened the game on a 7-0 run, led by Donohoe’s three goals and two assists. Junior attacker Virginia Crotty put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard at the 11:04 mark of the first half with an unassisted goal.

The Tar Heels extended their lead to 8-1 when senior midfielder Megan Bosica scored her second goal of the half with just over five minutes to play before intermission, and carried the seven-goal advantage into the break.

North Carolina started the second frame in much the same fashion as the first, scoring the first five goals to extend their lead to 13-1. Sophomore attacker Becky Lynch, who had a game-high four scores, accounted for three of the goals during a stretch that lasted 12:46.

Duke tried to mount a run of its own, scoring three unanswered goals, bringing the score to 13-4 after junior attacker Morgan Miller’s tally at the 8:04 mark.

Sophomore midfielder Laura Zimmerman scored the final goal for North Carolina with 4:33 left to play to cement the win.

The Tar Heels outshot Duke, 29-17, won the draw controls battle, 12-8.

Senior goalie Logan Ripley logged all 60 minutes in the creese for the Tar Heels and recorded 11 saves. Freshman goalie Kaitlin Gaiss had seven saves in 60 minutes of action for Duke.

The winner between the Cavaliers and the host Terrapins will meet North Carolina in Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. The match-up will be televised live on FS Florida, FS South, and CSN Mid-Atlantic, and delayed on NESN (5:30 p.m.) and Sun Sports (7 p.m.). Mike Hogewood and Leah Secondo have the call.

#4 Duke vs. #1 North Carolina
Friday, April 23, 2010
Ludwig Field; College Park, Md.
Postgame Quotes

North Carolina head coach Jenny Levy

Opening Statement: “The [Atlantic Coast Conference] is such a tough conference and Duke is a really good team. [The Blue Devils] do a very good job at making adjustments.

“We didn’t play our best the last time we played them. We only scored two goals in the first half, but the second half went a lot better.

“Today, I thought the first half went really well. I wasn’t happy with some of our feeds, but I thought the shots were good. We played a solid defensive game too.

On preparing the team to play for a championship in less than 24 hours: “Either Maryland or Virginia will be a great opponent. However, we need to focus on ourselves and what we need to do to win that game.”

On relying on senior leadership [seniors played for ACC championship in 2007]: “Our seniors have played a lot of games. They’re resilient. Their resilience has been a big key for us all season.”

North Carolina junior attacker Corey Donohoe

On scoring three goals and passing for two assists in the first half: “We try to take plays one at a time. We see how the defense plays and then look for openings. They were sliding today and it created inside openings on the fast break.”