April 15, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Seventh-ranked North Carolina used a 4-0 run midway through the second half which proved to be the difference as the Tar Heels defeated No. 4 Maryland, 11-9, Saturday night at Fetzer Field. Eight different players scored UNC's 12 goals on its way to the victory while Maryland was paced offensively by two goals each from Delia Cox, Kate McWilliams and Krista Pellizzi.
"It was just one of those nights," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "We played really hard all the way to the final whistle, but some things just didn't go our way. I'm obviously disappointed with the loss, but I am proud of the character and effort we showed."
With the win, Carolina improved to 11-3 and 4-1 in the ACC. Maryland dropped to 10-5 on the year and 1-3 in the ACC.
The game was closely contested throughout, as neither team was able to get more than a one-goal advantage for more than three-fourths of the contest. Cox was handed a red card in the game's 34th minute, and UNC went on to outscore the Terps 6-4 the rest of the way, including that critical 4-0 run.
The first half went back-and-forth the entire way with four ties and three lead changes. North Carolina held a significant advantage in shots (22-10), but Maryland's Allie Buote came up with eight first half saves to help keep the Tar Heels off the board.
North Carolina controlled possession in the early going, taking eight shots in the first seven minutes before the Terps could get one off. The Tar Heels found the back of the net on that eighth shot, as Stephanie Scurachio dodged from the left side of the cage to get in front of the crease for the score. The Terps knotted it up just over a minute later, though, with Krista Pellizzi cashing in after Maryland won the draw control.
The Tar Heels took back the lead in transition after Christina Juras fed Jess Allen, but Delia Cox scored back-to-back goals to give Maryland the lead with 11:17 left in the half. On each score, Cox started well above the fan and sped past her defenders to the cage.
Chelsea Parks tied the game for the third time scoring quickly off the draw after Scurachio fed her from the edge of the fan at 10:47. Maryland's Kate McWilliams scored an opportune goal after the ball was checked from Delia Cox's stick and popped right to McWilliams in front of the net where scored.
Brooke Dieringer tied it up again with a strong shot at the 8-meter fan, but the Terps took the lead into the half after Brooke Richards rolled the crease and fired a shot between the goalie's legs to go up 5-4.
UNC quickly tied the game up in the second half after Lindsey Stover forced a turnover deep in Maryland's offensive zone, and Allen took the ball all the way down field and promptly put the ball in the net at 28:44.
The Terps then suffered several setbacks, the first coming at 25:37 when Cox was handed a red card, leaving the Terps without one of their top scorers for the rest of the game. The card was awarded on a UNC free-position shot. On the play, Cox high checked the stick of the Tar Heel player, resulting in contact to the head of the Carolina player by her own stick. Maryland then had a goal taken off the board on a crease violation just over a minute later. Richards was then also assessed a yellow card at 21:56.
UNC capitalized on the opportunities and took its first lead in over 29 minutes when Megan Freshwater and Kelly Taylor each scored on free-position shots to take a 7-5 lead with 17:03 left, and Juras and Freshwater also notched goals to cap a 4-0 UNC run with 14:04 remaining in the game.
The Terps halted the run and their own 21-minute scoring drought when Kelly Kasper passed it to Pellizzi from behind the cage on a re-start for the goal with 12:01. The Terps then pulled within two after Richards found McWilliams cutting to cage in the 54th minute.
UNC re-gained its four-goal advantage with just over three and a half minutes to play with goals from Melissa McCarthy and Scurachio.
Kasper scored her first goal of the day on a free-position shot with just 1:43 left in the game. Doolittle then won the next draw, and raced down the field for a score just :11 seconds later to pull the Terps to 11-9 with 1:32 left.
The Terps came up with the next draw, but turned the ball over, and North Carolina managed to run out the clock to hold on for the victory.
Maryland will be back in action next Saturday, April 22, on the road at Boston College. The first draw will be at 1 p.m.