SPARKS, Md. – The UAlbany women’s lacrosse team battled to a tie in the first half against #2/2 North Carolina but fell 14-5 at the US Lacrosse Headquarters just outside Baltimore.
UAlbany (2-3) led 4-2 with about 12 minutes remaining in the first half, with North Carolina (4-1) scoring the next 12 goals into the second period. UAlbany won the ground ball battle against UNC 14-12, and was even with UNC in stats in the first half.
For UNC, Carly Reed led the team with four goals while Sydney Holman had a goal and three assists. Caylee Waters had the win in goal with 11 saves.
Rickert caused a turnover on the UAlbany goal circle, leading to a clear. The other way, Dakotah Savitcheff buried a catch and shoot shot from Sam Tortora 2:30 in.
UAlbany kept using the full 90-second shot clock to keep possessions long. On the defensive side, the Great Danes forced two shot clock violations in the opening 10 minutes, then a Martin free position goal from straight away and a Neal putback off a Savitcheff shot off the pipe made it 3-0 UAlbany in the first 12 minutes.
UNC got the next two goals in the coming minutes, both on shots next to the goal circle. UAlbany struck back again with a possession coming down the shot clock, with Emily Mizer passing to Martin in the middle of the arc for a turnaround shot and score. UAlbany led 4-2 with 12:13 left in the 1st.
The Tar Heels scored the next two, each assisted by Bill and the last with 1:14 left in the 1st, to tie the game at the half 4-4.
UNC controlled the first four draws of the second half, converting on the first three possessions, then scoring a fourth off a failed UAlbany clear, going up four in the first five minutes of the period.
UAlbany struggled to win draws as UNC continued to win possessions and score goals. Leghart had three second half saves, but UNC got its lead to 14-4 with 8:55 left.
UAlbany had some offensive push in the final minutes as Emma Powlin found Neal from behind the cage for the goal inside the post with 2:33 left. UAlbany could not get closer and fell 14-5 to UNC.
UAlbany’s next game will be on Thursday, March 9th as the Great Danes take on Wagner on Staten Island at 3 p.m. Wagner is coached by former UAlbany assistant coach Katie Rowan.