Navy women routed in program's first NCAA tournament game

Mids fall to powerful North Carolina, 18-5

May 16, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff reports

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Navy women's lacrosse team saw its most successful season come to an abrupt halt with an 18-5 loss to third-seeded North Carolina on Saturday.

Navy ends its season with a 17-4 record, while the Tar Heels improve to 16-2 and advance to the quarterfinals, where they will face the winner of today's contest between No. 6 seed Virginia (13-5) and unseeded Towson (13-4).

"All the credit goes to North Carolina. They are one of the top teams in the country and they played like it today," Navy head coach Cindy Timchal said. "I thought we competed hard and never quit. In three years, we have gone from playing for the club national title to playing in the first round of the NCAA championship."

The host Tar Heels roared out of the gate, winning the first five draws and opening the contest with six unanswered goals.

After some early jitters, Navy began to find its footing and adjust to the game's pace. The Mids were held without a shot until the 17:55 mark and eventually solved the nation's third-ranked defense with 11 minutes remaining in the period, as junior Caitlin Mandrin Hill put them on the scoreboard on a free-position goal.

The Tar Heels closed out the half on a 3-0 run and took a 9-1 advantage into the break. Senior Jenn Russell, one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, and sophomore Laura Zimmerman each contributed two goals for Carolina in the opening 30 minutes.

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