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#11 UVa. women fall in ACC semis to #3 UNC

The fourth-seeded and 11th-ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team was defeated by No. 1 seed and No. 3 ranked North Carolina, 14-6, in the semifinals of the 2012 ACC Tournament on Saturday (April 21) at Koskinen Stadium.

The loss dropped Virginia’s record to 11-6 while North Carolina improved to 14-2.

Senior attacker Josie Owen (Gibson Island, Md.) scored her sixth hat trick of the season with three goals and added two assists for five of Virginia’s eight points.

Sloan Warren (Philadelphia, Pa.), Caroline McTiernan (Garden City, N.Y.) and Ainsley Baker (Corning, N.Y.) each had one goal for the Cavaliers.

In a low-scoring first half, the score was tied, 2-2.

North Carolina came out on a 7-1 in the second half that was the difference in the game.

Trailing 12-4 late in the second half, Virginia got back-to-back goals from McTiernan at the 8:34 mark and Owen at the 7:56 mark to pull within 12-6.

North Carolina scored the game’s final two goals, however, as the Tar Heels won by a final score of 14-6.

In goal for Virginia, Kim Kolarik (Riva, Md.) finished with six saves. UNC’s Lauren Maksym tallied 11 saves in goal for the Tar Heels.

In addition to her scoring, Owen added three draw controls and one ground ball. Warren posted a team-high four draw controls.

Virginia was out-shot, 24-22, and lost the ground ballbattle, 14-12. The Cavaliers committed 12 turnovers to the Tar Heels’ 11.

Kara Cannizzaro led all players with four goals for North Carolina, while Abbey Friend (two goals and one assist) and Becky Lynch (three goals) each had three points.

Virginia has a final regular-season contest remaining – April 28 at No. 1 Northwestern.