Bosica, Donohoe key cogs in North Carolina's rise to No. 1

Former All-Metro Players of the Year spark Tar Heels’ offense

April 22, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Megan Bosica and Corey Donohoe score a lot of points for North Carolina's women's lacrosse team, but the former All-Metro Players of the Year could not be more different in their styles of play.

Bosica, a senior from Mount Hebron, is a sneaky 5 feet 4, able to create on offense and run down opponents on defense. The midfielder with 23 goals makes her greatest contribution through her versatility, able to do a little bit of everything all over the field.

Donohoe, a junior from North Harford, is a 5-foot-8 combination of power and finesse on the crease. Using her quick hands, keen vision and deceptive moves to excel as a shooter and a feeder, she leads the Tar Heels with 36 goals and 17 assists.

Maryland coach Cathy Reese, whose 14-1 team suffered its only loss to the Tar Heels (13-1) and is seeded second behind them in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament that continues today in College Park, knows both can be trouble.

"Meggie's getting a lot of looks this year from the top from what we've seen. She was turning more into a dodger from the top or sides whereas Donohoe is able to catch anything inside and find a way to finish. She's an excellent shooter, a good finisher and I think that's what makes her dangerous. The two of them just have their hands in a lot of the offense," said Reese, also a former All-Metro Player of the Year, at Mount Hebron in 1994.

The two blend well into a balanced Tar Heels attack that never showed better than in a nine-day stretch in which they defeated then-No. 2 Maryland and then-No. 5 Duke before ending five-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern's 41-game winning streak, 18-16, in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday. Both scored three goals against the No. 1 Wildcats.

That run — the best ever in the Tar Heels' 15-year history, according to coach Jenny Levy — boosted them to No. 1 in the nation and to the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament, where they play the Duke/Boston College winner in Friday's 2:30 p.m. semifinal at Ludwig Field. Maryland follows at 5 vs. the Virginia/Virginia Tech winner.

Bosica and Donohoe had a hand in 18 of 30 goals scored during that stretch.

Bosica, who led the Tar Heels in scoring and was an All-ACC pick last season, does not lead in any statistical category now, but she makes big plays all over the field. At Northwestern, she stole the ball off a clear attempt with 1:15 left in the first half to spark two straight goals — the first from Donohoe — that tied the game at the break.

"She is definitely a player who makes everyone on the field look better and she has some of the best vision and that works good with me," Donohoe said. "Any cut you make, somehow she sees it and she can put the ball right into your stick. She has great vision. Even if she has two players on her, her eyes are still up and she makes great passes.

Donohoe, The Sun's Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 and an All-ACC pick this spring, excels at fooling defenses and faking goalies to put the ball in the net.

"It's very difficult to get a check off on her," Bosica said, "because she has a quick cradle and is kind of sneaky with it. She's a little deceiving and hard to mark. She's always someone you can depend on that when you pass to her, she's going to finish the play."

The two mesh well with the Tar Heels' other top scoring threats — Becky Lynch, Kristen Taylor, Laura Zimmerman and Jenn Russell — as well as with each other.

"First and foremost, they're both extraordinary team players," Levy said. "They care more about the team doing well than their own success. Technically, they both have amazing vision for the game. Both understand the game and can play within the parameters of a very disciplined offense or you can let them play freelance. They're both brilliant in either set."

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