Women's Lacrosse Falls To #14 UNC 9-8
April 24, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of Massachusetts women's lacrosse team fought back from a five-goal deficit before falling to No. 14 North Carolina, 9-8, at Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The loss drops UMass to 9-6 on the season while UNC improves to 6-8.
North Carolina got out to an early 3-0 lead before UMass senior Lydia Robinson (Summit, N.J.) tallied a goal at the 10:14 mark. The Tar Heels continued to pour it on in the first 30:00 of play, jumping out to a 5-1 advantage before junior Hope Zelinger (Ellicott City, Md.) found the back of the net at 21:03 to cut the deficit to 5-2. The Tar Heels answered Zelinger's goal when Brooke Dieringer gave UNC a 6-2 lead at the half.
North Carolina came out quickly in the second half when Beth Ames tallied a free possession goal less than four minutes into the second half to put the Tar Heels up 7-2. UMass answered Ames' score by recording back-to-back goals when sophomore Maura McGarrity (Chester Springs, Pa.) and senior Leslie Pollock (Watervliet, N.Y.) both found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 7-4.
Nicki Barnes and Ames came back to score two straight goals for UNC to regain a 9-4 lead, but the Minutewomen found their offense in the final 15 minutes of play. UMass tallied four straight goals to end the game to challenge UNC for the victory. Senior Jada Emery (Princeton, N.J.) scored at 13:16 to get within 9-5 before Robinson scored three straight goals in the closing minutes to close the gap to one goal before falling to the Tar Heels, 9-8.
Robinson led all scorers with four goals and one assist while Zelinger, Emery, McGarrity and Pollock each tallied a single score. For North Carolina, Allison Higgins, Dieringer and Ames each tallied two goals while Rachel Szakmary, Brooke Young and Barnes each recorded one goal.
In goal, Cyndi Doyle (Bridgewater, Vt.) recorded nine saves in 60:00 for UMass while UNC's Katelyn Hoffman tallied 11 saves in 60:00.
The Minutewomen will next be in action on Sunday, April 27, when they host Saint Joseph's in their final regular season game.