Women's Lacrosse ACCtion: Weekend of March 29-30
March 29, 2008
Saturday, March 29
Waltham, Mass. - Boston College won a fierce battle to upset seventh-ranked North Carolina, 5-4, in double overtime on Saturday afternoon. Junior Lauren Fitzpatrick scored the game-winning goal 48 seconds into the second overtime period to notch the Eagles' second ACC win of the season. It marked the first time the Eagles have won more than one conference game in a season since BC joined the ACC in 2006. The Eagles improved to 3-6 on the season (2-1 ACC), while the Tar Heels dropped to 8-3 (2-2 ACC).
In the lowest scoring ACC matchup of the season, the Tar Heels were able to get on the board first. Corey Donohoe converted a free position shot five minutes into the game to give UNC a one-goal lead. The two teams battled for almost 15 minutes before anyone else could add to the scoreboard. Sophomore Lauren Costello evened the game with 12:36 to play on her 19th goal of the season. Less than one minute later, the Heels regained control when Kelly Taylor nailed her 11th score of the year.
UNC struck again as Erica LaGrow scored one of her two goals of the day with 5:59 remaining in the first half. Two minutes later, junior captain Jenna McCabe fired a shot past goalie Amanda Barnes to put the Eagles within one heading into halftime.
In the second half, BC tied the score when sophomore Sarah Sedgwick scored off McCabe's assist five minutes into the period. The Eagles took their first lead of the game on McCabe's second goal of the day, a free position shot she fired past UNC's second goalie, Logan Ripley.
DURHAM, N.C. - A strong start and solid midfield play on Saturday afternoon led the No. 4 Virginia women's lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory over ACC-rival No. 5 Duke in Koskinen Stadium. The win marks the first for a team visiting Durham in the last 20 tries, as the Cavaliers were the last to beat the Blue Devils on their home turf, an 11-10 win on April 1, 2006. The loss for Duke (7-3, 2-2 ACC) is also the first time the Blue Devils have dropped two straight since the 2005 season, and is just the second time in the last six years that Virginia has beat Duke in the regular season.
Junior Jenny Hauser was just the second Cavalier this season to notch five goals in a single game, leading seven Virginia scorers. Sophomores Kaitlin Duff and Brittany Kalkstein each recorded two goals, while seniors Megan O'Malley and Kaitlin Swagart tallied three points each, on a goal and two assists. Junior Ashley McCulloch had a goal and an assist, and sophomore Caity Whiteley contributed a goal for the second-straight game.
Seniors Claire Bordley, Alice Hughey and O'Malley led Virginia's midfield in breaking up seven of Duke's 11 clears, causing two turnovers apiece. The Cavaliers also won eight of the opening 11 draw controls, and held the final edge in ground balls, at 14-11. Kalkstein had three draw controls and four ground balls.
Led by Bordley's four draw controls in the opening half alone, the Cavaliers were able to jump out to an 8-2 halftime advantage, holding their fourth opponent to under-two goals in the first 30 minutes.
Sunday, March 30
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team fell 12-9 to #22 Ohio State on Sunday in Tech Lacrosse Stadium. Kady McBrearty, Allie Emala and Rachel Culp had two goals apiece while Culp also dished out an assist and led the team with three points.
Though the Hokies had the first goal of the contest thanks McBrearty's unassisted goal three minutes into the game, the Buckeyes fired back strong scoring three consecutive goals. Emala ended the streak off an assist from Rachel Culp, bringing the score to 3-2 with 21:53 left in the half.
Five out of the next six goals were scored by the Buckeyes. Culp was the last Hokie to find the net before the half. Fortunately, Tech goalkeeper Kari Morrison stood strong in goal with five straight saves to keep the halftime score at 7-3.
In the opening stages of the second half, the Hokies rallied with three straight goals after Ohio State's Amanda Shimp had the first goal of the second stanza.