No. 4 UNC Tops Ohio State, 9-4

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March 24, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brooke Deiringer and Melissa McCarthy each recorded hat tricks and a stingy North Carolina defense led the No. 4 Tar Heels to a 9-4 win over Ohio State Friday night in the ACC/ALC Challenge. North Carolina used 4-0 runs in each half to break away from the Buckeyes to improve to 6-2 on the year.

Ohio State (0-6) took an early lead on a Kelly Kremer goal, but North Carolina responded with a 4-0 run over the game's next 16 minutes to take the lead. North Carolina controlled most of the possession in the first half, winning six of the seven draws in the half, but was plagued by turnovers in their offensive end. OSU's Jessica Patane scored with just under 10 minutes left to pull the Buckeyes to within two goals at 4-2 as the two teams would go scoreless the rest of the way in the half.

UNC slowly pulled away with its second 4-0 run of the game in the second half. Dieringer notched a pair of those goals, and Meg Freshwater and McCarthy added the other to extend the Tar Heel led to 8-2 with 18:02 left in the game. Kristen Slahor found the back of the net for the Buckeyes just under two minutes later, but Ohio State could not build any momentum offensively. After a Kelly Taylor goal for UNC to make it 9-3 in the 48th minute, Ohio State's Natale Taylor responded with a goal to pull back within five with just under 11 minutes to play. However, neither team could get on the scoreboard the rest of the way, although UNC hit the crossbar on back-to-back attempts with five minutes left in the game.

UNC's Kristen Hordy made eight saves for the Tar Heels, including six in the second half. Ohio State's Kristen Gilwee made nine saves in the cage for the Buckeyes.