April 10, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -
Umterps.com is blogging live from sunny Chapel Hill Saturday as No. 2 Maryland faces No. 3 North Carolina in a rematch of last season's NCAA semifinals.
Gorgeous day in Chapel Hill. Sunny without a cloud in the sky, light winds, approximately 65 degrees. Captains meeting in the middle of the field occurring now. Full pressbox and full campus as UNC has a littany of events today, including its spring football game. Back to women's lacrosse though and today's huge matchup. No. 2 Maryland, which is seeking its fourth ACC win of the year, faces a UNC squad which has one loss in conference play this season - a 13-12 overtime tumble at Virginia. The Terps could clinch at least a share of its fourth-straight ACC regular-season title with a win against the Heels today. One note on the starting lineup - sophomore Brittany Dipper gets the starting nod in the cage. Her and fellow classmate Mary Jordan have been splitting time at goalie the last three matches.
Terps in red tops and black skirts. UNC is white tops with Tar Heel blue skirts. On top of everything, today is also Senior Day for Carolina. The band is also here, creating a different vibe in the stands. First draw coming up shortly.
Karri Ellen Johnson caused a turnover at the restraining line, scooped up the ground ball and was fouled on a drive to the cage. The sophomore then extended her scoring streak to 35 games when she hit the ensuing free position shot for the first goal of the contest. Maryland 1, UNC 0
UNC strikes back with a pair of goals 30 seconds apart as Megan Bosica and Kristen Taylor sparked the first lead change of the match. Amanda Spinnenweber tied the game back up at 22:18 with a solid spin move and a top-shelf goal.Maryland 2, UNC 2
UNC regains the lead with a free position goal from Jenn Russell. Maryland is having a tough time with the draw right now. It is very evident that these two teams are very familiar with each other. UNC has put its best defender, Russell, on Caitlyn McFadden
. Will be interesting to see how Maryland's top player holds up against her fellow Tewaaraton nominee.UNC's top scorer Corey Donohoe picked up a close-range unassisted score at 17:02 for the largest lead of the match.Maryland 2, UNC 4
Maryland is in the middle of its longest possession of the match. The Terps have taken three free position shots in the possession but all came from tough angles. After playing a game of merry-go-round around the cage, McFadden shot the ball out to Brandi Jones and the junior finished the drive with an important goal with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Maryland 3, UNC 4
Tar Heels answer with a free position goal from Laura Zimmerman at 8:40. Both teams playing very good defense, despite the high scoring affair. Last meeting between these two lacrosse powerhouses was an 8-7 match with the advantage going to UNC. Donohoe nets her second goal of the match to give UNC a three-goal lead. Maryland 3, UNC 6
Maryland cuts the Heels' lead to two with a Laura Merrifield goal at 4:44. The junior scooped up the ground ball just outside UNC's fan and Johnson found her on Maryland's end from the left of the cage for the score. Good Maryland contingent in attendance as evident after Merrifield's score. UNC timeout. Maryland 4, UNC 6
Maryland rolls into the half trailing 6-4. Look for the Terps to come out firing in the second half. The Terps were outshot in the first half and they have yet to be outshot in a match this season. Dipper remains in goal for second half after making five saves in the first 30 minutes.
Good look from Donohoe to Kristen Taylor as Tar Heels strike first in second stanza with 27 minutes remaining in the match. UNC won another pivotal draw control but Terrapin defender Brittany Poist comes up big with a caused turnover at the goal line. The Maryland attack along with Spinnenweber and Brittany Jones are really doing a great job of redefending up top. UNC beginning to slow the pace on its offensive end, but a second caused turnover by the Terps gives Maryland another offensive opportunity. A yellow card issued to Maryland created a UNC fastbreak, which the Heels capitalized on. Becky Lynch's goal with 23:55 remaining gives UNC its largest lead of the match. Maryland 4, UNC 8
After it appeared the play was over, a foul on Brandi Jones awarded UNC a free position, which Kristen Taylor took full advantage of, giving UNC a decisive 9-4 lead. Maryland calls a timeout and will look to regroup. The Terps have trailed by five prior this season, as it was down 8-3 versus No. 7 Towson a week and a half ago. The draw control is going to be essential down the stretch. Maryland has yet to win one yet this half. Draw control advantage is with UNC, 11-4.Maryland 4, UNC 9
Following a bouncing goal by Russell, Maryland sent Mary Jordan to the cage to replace Dipper. Katie Schwarzmann picked up the Terps first draw control of the half and drove all the way to the cage for a goal upstairs to halt Carolina's drive with 18:13 remaining in the contest. Maryland 5, UNC 10
Maryland really starting to come alive as time winds down in the contest. McFadden found Johnson with a great pass to the right of the cage to give the Terps a 2-0 ru with 15 minutes left on the clock. Emily Garrity strike back with a goal at 13:48 for Carolina. The goal ties the largest amount of scores the Terps have surrendered this season.Maryland 6, UNC 11
Bosica finds the back of the net after drawing Jordan out of the cage slightly at 9:54. Maryland definitely has a sense of urgency, The Terps are swarming UNC and making it difficult for the Heels to move the ball. After Merrifield won the draw control and her shot went off the cross bar, Schwarzmann picked up the ground ball and went top shelf for a Terp score. Eerily similar to a scoring play earlier in the half, McFadden found Johnson on the right corner to cut UNC's lead to four with 8:45 remaining. Maryland 8, UNC 12
A McFadden goal was wiped off after a UNC foul, creating a free position opportunity for the senior captain. Her shot rebounded off UNC's goalie but the ground ball was scooped by Sarah Mollison, who pushed notched her first goal of the game to cinch the Tar Heel lead to three. A fourth goal from Kristen Taylor moved the score to 13-9 with 4:44 left in the match.Maryland 9, UNC 13
Maryland suffers its first regular season loss since it fell to Virginia in the ACC Tournament April 27, 2008. The Terps will look to rally when it travels to No. 17 Princeton for a matchup with the Tigers on Wednesday. Stay logged on to umterps.com for complete stats and results. Maryland 9, UNC 13