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May 12, 2012
CHAPEL HILL - Tewaaraton Award finalist Becky Lynch tallied four goals, two assists and six draw controls as the University of North Carolina beat Navy, 14-7, in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heel defense held Navy scoreless for nearly 18 minutes and UNC went on a 5-0 run in the first half after the Midshipmen had grabbed a 3-2 lead.
Fifth-seeded Carolina (15-3) advances to next weekend's quarterfinal round to play the winner of Sunday afternoon's game between No. 4 seed Syracuse and unseeded Dartmouth. Navy's season ends at 18-3.
The victory was the 10th in a row for Carolina in the NCAA Tournament first round. The Tar Heels improve to 13-1 at home in NCAA Tournament play and have won their last 12 consecutive Tournament home games.
"It was a good first-round win for us," head coach Jenny Levy said afterward. "I thought we did a good job of taking care of details, particularly Becky [Lynch] on the draw controls and doing some of the little things that help you win. We hadn't played a game in three weeks, so it was good to play against someone other than ourselves after not playing since the ACC championship game. We're excited to move on to next weekend."
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brooke Griffin netted a game-high six points to lead No. 3 seed Maryland to a 15-12 victory against UMass Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.
Griffin joined freshman Kelly McPartland and senior Kristy Black as Terps with hat tricks on the day. Maryland (18-3) is now 11-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tewaaraton Award finalist Katie Schwarzmann added five points on two goals and three assists.
Defensively, the Terps were able to limit one of the nation's top offenses, holding UMass (19-2) to 10 goals on the day. A-10 Player of the Year Katie Ferris managed only one goal Saturday. Iliana Sanza tallied a game-high six ground balls and also caused a pair of turnovers to lead a steady defensive effort.
Despite a 17-day layoff, the Terps attack looked sharp early, registering the first three goals of the game. A pesky UMass squad attempted to slow the pace of the contest in the opening half, but Maryland still possessed a 7-5 advantage heading into the locker room at the break.