CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Melissa Lehman andBecca Edwards both scored hat tricks, but it was Lehman's final tally with 14 seconds left in the game that keptthe Quaker women's lacrosse from overtime against UNC. The No. 8 Quaker women's lacrosse team improved to 2-0 and handed the No. 6 Tar Heels (4-1) their first loss of the season.
From the opening draw, the game was even in nearly every category. Both teams took 17 shots, picked up 11 ground balls and had 10 turnovers. The draw controls were 10-7 in Penn's favor. It was Ali DeLuca's two draw controlsat the end of the game that were crucial to the outcome.
Kaitlin Farmer intercepted the ball at 26:30 and fed it to DeLuca who hitEdwards to finish with the game-tying goal at 26:51. DeLuca won the next draw and the Quakers began astall. They hadorganizeda 30-second play during a timeout after Edwards' goal and executed it perfectly with Lehman netting the game-winner with just 14 seconds left to play.
The job wasn't done until DeLuca thwarted any chance of UNC forcing overtime by winning the final draw.
Earlier in the game, Chelsea Kocis and DeLuca scored unassisted goals at 21:22 and 25:55, respectively to give Penn a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
Goalkeeper Sarah Waxman made six saves. Shealso had three ground balls, as did defender Tarah Kirnan.
For UNC, Kristen Carr scored three goals, including the first two on the game.In goal, Amanda Barnes had five saves on the night.
The Quakers head to the West Coast for their next games, playing Stanford, March 4 at 4 p.m. EST and Cal-Berkeley on March 11 at 6:30 EST.