April 10, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 2 Maryland dropped its first regular season game since March 1, 2008, when it fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 13-9, Saturday.
The Terps (12-1, 3-1 ACC) were led by Karri Ellen Johnson, who racked up a hat trick and added an assist on the day. Caitlyn McFadden dished out three assists and freshman Katie Schwarzmann added a pair of goals against North Carolina, who moved to 11-1 and 3-1 in ACC play.
Maryland's only lead of the match came in the opening minutes of the pivotal conference battle when Johnson nailed a free position shot with three minutes elapsed. After a pair of Tar Heel goals, Amanda Spinnenweber made a nice move in the middle to tie the game at 2-2 but goals by Jenn Russell and Corey Donohoe padded the Tar Heel lead to two, which would be the closest Maryland would get the remainder of the match.
The Terps outscored UNC, 3-1, the final 9:38 of the contest, with goals coming from Schwarzmann, Johnson and Sarah Mollison, but a decisive 15-9 draw control advantage for the Tar Heels would be the ultimate undoing of Maryland, which suffered its first regular season loss since March 1, 2008, against Duke.
"We just didn't put together a full 60 minutes of lacrosse today," head coach Cathy Reese said. "This game had a lot of ups and downs and once we clicked, we were good. We really needed to pull together and help each other defensively. We will learn from this and refocus for Princeton."
Despite the loss, Maryland took more shots, secured more ground balls and made four-fewer turnovers than North Carolina.
The ACC standings tighten significantly after Saturday's match as Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia all have one loss in conference play. The Terps and the Tar Heels still have one game in ACC action remaining against Virginia Tech and Duke, respectively.
Maryland travels to New Jersey Wednesday for a match against No. 17 Princeton at 7 p.m.