April 28, 2005
BALTIMORE - Jen Cook led North Carolina with three goals as 10 different Tar Heels found the back of the net in a 15-5 win over Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Tar Heels led from start to finish scoring the first nine goals of the game. With the win, UNC advances to face Duke in the semifinals on Friday, April 29, at 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina moves to 13-4 while Virginia Tech falls to 5-10.
Christina Juras also added three points for UNC on one goal and two assists as the Tar Heels outshot Virginia Tech 45-24 on the game.
Cook got the Tar Heels started with back-to-back scores at 24:34 and 19:44. North Carolina added to its first half run scoring six goals from six different sticks just over nine minutes to push its lead to 8-0. The two teams traded play in the midfield for the next eight minutes before Kelly Renzi tacked on a late goal to put the Tar Heels up 9-0 at the half.
UNC dominated possession; taking 24 shots compared to just four for Virginia Tech. Hokie keeper Nikki Schiavone made 10 saves to help limit the North Carolina scoring. In addition to limiting Virginia Tech's shots, the North Carolina defense harassed the Hokies all over the field as Virginia Tech was only 5-of-9 on clearing opportunities.
Kady McBrearty got the Hokies on the board early in the second half, but UNC responded with five straight, including a pair from Stephanie Scurachio, to push the Tar Heel lead to 14-1 with just over seven minutes left. McBrearty sparked a late 3-0 Hokie run with a goal at 6:58 that was followed by goals from Natasha Fuchs and Katie Russo. Kristen Tadlock notched a goal for UNC and Fuchs added another score for the Hokies to round out the scoring.
Shiavone tallied 17 saves in the cage for the Hokies. Fuchs paced the Hokies on offense with three points on two goals and one assist.
Kristen Hordy made eight saves in 53 minutes of work before giving way to Amanda Barnes.
The ACC Women's Lacrosse Tournament continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. as the Virginia Cavaliers take on the Maryland Terrapins. Duke and North Carolina are scheduled for 3 p.m.