Carolina women rip UMBC, 22-6

UNC scores first 11 goals

Retrievers' first trip to NCAAs `was eye-opening'

College Lacrosse

May 10, 2002|By Evan Markfield | Evan Markfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - UMBC's first trip to the NCAA women's lacrosse tournament was one to remember - but for all the wrong reasons.

Third-seeded North Carolina scored the game's first 11 goals in a 22-6 rout of the Retrievers yesterday in a first-round matchup at Henry Stadium.

"We knew they were going to be aggressive," said UMBC coach Monica Yeakel. "I was a little disappointed in the beginning of the first half. We backed off a little bit, which was not what we wanted."

Yeakel called a timeout after the Tar Heels scored four goals in the opening 3:32, but she couldn't stop the onslaught.

North Carolina (16-2) had 14 goals by halftime, the third-highest total for a half in NCAA tournament history. The Tar Heels' 22 goals were one shy of the tournament record for single-game scoring, a mark held by Maryland and Penn State.

"Our offense did a good job of finding a balance of one-on-one and pass plays," said UNC coach Jenny Slingluff Levy. "That's tough to defend."

The Tar Heels outshot the Retrievers 37-16 even after losing Christine McPike, the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee less than 12 minutes in.

The Retrievers (12-5), who had won 11 straight, struggled to get into any type of offensive flow and didn't get onto the scoreboard until midfielder Stephanie Allen batted in a rebound almost 18 minutes in.

That was much too late to make a difference, thanks to North Carolina senior Kellie Thompson, a former Sun Player of the Year from St. Mary's.

The midfielder scored eight goals to set an NCAA tournament single-game record. The previous mark of seven, held by five others, was last accomplished in 1999 by Maryland's Allison Comito. Thompson's 10 points were one shy of the record for one game, set by Maryland's Jen Adams last year.

But Thompson wasn't finished getting her name in the record books.

She broke her own single-season school record for goals when she netted her 52nd 5:48 into the game, and became the Tar Heels' career points leader with 215 early in the second half.

North Carolina won its 11th straight and advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth time in the seven-year history of its program.

Said UMBC senior midfielder Loree Miller: "It was our first time making it to the NCAAs, and we were intimidated."

Yeakel, whose team was essentially out of the game after the first 10 minutes, called UMBC's first trip to the NCAAs a learning experience. The Retrievers had earned an automatic bid to play North Carolina after capturing the Northeast Conference championship.

"They never let up. They took it to us," Yeakel said. "It was eye-opening."

UMBC 3 3 - 6

North Carolina 14 8 - 22

Goals: UMBC, Milani 2, Allen, Dragoni, Gerhart, Jacobs; UNC, 22 Thompson 8, Stone 2, Young 2, Ames 2, Barnes 2, Higgins 2, McInnes, Boyle, Allen, Wilson. Assists : UMBC, Allen, Jacobs; UNC, Young 3, Thompson 2, Ames, Stone, Barnes, Szakmary, McInnes. Saves: UMBC, Stringer 9; UNC: Hoffman 10, Garofalo 1.

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