Bears Put up Valiant Fight Against #6 North Carolina, but Fall, 12-8
Feb. 28, 2008
CHAPEL HILL, NC - The Brown women's lacrosse team (1-1) put a scare into #6 North Carolina (4-0) on Thursday evening at Fetzer Field, leading 8-7 with 18 minutes left, but the Bears' valiant effort against the Tar Heels fell short as North Carolina reeled off five straight goals to post a 12-8 victory over Bruno. Megan Bosica led the Tar Heels with five goals, including four in the second half, while junior Jesse Nunn (Worton, MD) led the Bears with three goals, all of which came in the first half, as Brown led 6-4 at the break.
In addition to Nunn's three goals, junior Lauren Vitkus (Skaneateles, NY) scored two and assisted another, while senior Jadie DeTolla (Stony Brook, NY) had two goals. Junior Kelly Robinson (Marlton, NJ) scored her first of the season to round out Brown's scoring.
The Bears led, 6-4, at halftime, handing the Tar Heels their first halftime deficit of the season. After the Tar Heels led early, 2-0, Brown scored three consecutive goals in a span of 2:17, one from DeTolla and back-to-back goals by Nunn, to take a 3-2 lead.
North Carolina answered with two goals of its own to grab a 4-3 lead at the midway point of the half, before the Bears closed the first period with three straight goals. Robinson tied the game at 13:05 and then Vitkus put Brown up, 5-4, four minutes later. Nunn scored her third and final goal of the half with 2:21 remaining for the 6-4 advantage.
Vitkus scored her second goal at the 27:51 point of the second half to up the Brown lead to 7-4. However, North Carolina answered exactly one minute later to cut the lead to 7-5. Bosica's second goal made it a 7-6 game at 21:48, forcing a Brown timeout. Just 38 seconds after the timeout, Bosica tied the game at 7-7 with an unassisted goal.
DeTolla scored an unassisted goal for Brown from 14 meters out to give the lead back to the Bears at 8-7 with 18:18 left, but back-to-back unassisted goals by Bosica gave the Tar Heels a 9-8 lead, which they never relinquished, with 13:33 remaining.
North Carolina closed the afternoon with goals at 10:35, 8:48, and 3:39 for the 12-8 final.
Brown earned 25 ground balls to North Carolina's 19, led by a game-high six from freshman Paris Waterman (Newark, DE). The Tar Heels held a slight, 6-5, advantage in caused turnovers, as sophomore Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) led all players with two.
Senior Melissa King (Pepper Pike, OH) recorded seven saves for the Bears, including five in the second half, as Brown was outshot for the game, 30-14. The Bears return to action on Sunday, March 2, when they face Davidson in a 12:00 noon contest.