No. 3 Women's Lacrosse Downed by No. 4 UNC, 11-6

Penn at UNC Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 3 Penn entered the second half against No. 4 North Carolina engaged in a tight road game, trailing the host Tar Heels, 6-5.

In that second half, the Quakers watched UNC put up five goals to their sole score as North Carolina claimed an 11-6 win.

The Heels outshot Penn in the second half, 15-3, and scored the first three goals of the final 30 minutes to open up a four-goal cushion. Becky Lynch had three goals and an assist for UNC while Emily Garrity added a pair of goals. Laura Zimmerman had a goal and two assists as well.

Penn was paced by Erin Brennan and Ali DeLuca who each had a pair of goals. Courtney Lubbe continued to facilitate Penn's attack, dishing three assists.

The final shot total was 33-16 in favor of North Carolina, with Penn's keeper Emily Szelest finishing the game with 11 saves - including six in the second half as she fought to keep the Quakers in the game.

UNC struck first, opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by Corey Donahoe and Garrity in the first 7:39.

Penn rallied back with three of its own to take a 3-2 lead at 17:08. Brennan, DeLuca and Bridget Waclawik each scored within a 2:38 span in the middle of the half to give Penn the lead.

The two teams traded goals before the Tar Heels scored three in a row to regain the lead, 6-4. The two-goal advantage was short lived as Carolyn Pollard scored 28 seconds after UNC did to get Penn back within one at 6-5.

After the break, UNC controlled play, scoring three times over a 5:47 span to break open the game. A DeLuca goal at 11:35 gave Penn life at 9-6, but UNC closed out the game with two late goals - one from Russell and a second from Donahoe who closed out the game the way she started it.

Penn is back in action on Wednesday against Hofstra in the Red and Blue's home-opener at 3 p.m.