Kara Cannizzaro scored four first-half goals as the host North Carolina women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 15-4 victory over Virginia Tech.
Nine different players scored for the Tar Heels (12-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), including Laura Zimmerman, Becky Lynch and Abbey Friend, who had two goals apiece. With the victory, the Tar Heels clinched a bye in next month's ACC tournament in Durham, N.C. North Carolina will host Maryland on Saturday with the tournament's top seed and ACC regular-season championship on the line.
Virginia Tech (7-5, 0-3) did not score until 10 minutes into the second half, at which point the Hokies were down 14-0. Jack Boissonneault had two goals for the Hokies and Cawley Bromley added a goal and an assist.
No. 4 Florida 20, No. 7 Penn State 11: The Gators (12-2, 2-0 American Lacrosse Conference) won their eighth straight game by defeating the visiting Nittany Lions (8-3, 1-1). Shannon Gilroy led Florida with five goals and Ashley Bruns (Mount Hebron) added four goals.
Theresa Zichelli (Severna Park) had three goals for Penn State and Molly Fernandez (McDonogh) had two goals. Dana Cahill (Mercy) made 12 saves, including eight in the first half, for the Nittany Lions.
No. 12 Vanderbilt 14, No. 12 Johns Hopkins 11: The host Commodores (6-4, 1-2 ALC) ended the Blue Jays' four-game winning streak beind six points from Kacie Connors. The game was close throughout — Vanderbilt was never ahead by more than three goals, but Hopkins never led in the second half.
Rachel Ballatori had three goals for the Blue Jays (7-3, 0-1).
No. 20 Towson 10, Delaware 8: The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Blue Hens at home in Colonial Athletic Association play. Towson erased the slow start and tied the game at 4 before halftime with a goal from Andi Raymond with 2:53 remaining in the first.
The Tigers (7-3, 1-0) scored the first three goals of the second half and held off a late rally by Delaware (2-9, 0-1).
Mount St. Mary's 11, Sacred Heart 6: Lindsay Diaz (Dulaney) scored a career-high four goals as the Mountaineers (4-8, 3-1 Northeast Conference) defeated the host Pioneers (3-7, 2-2). Diaz scored more than two goals for the first time hin her career.
Mount St. Mary's scored the game's games first three goals, but Sacred Heart would cut the their lead to just one on after a goal from Emily Pepe at the 26:35 mark. However, the Pioneers would get no closer as the Mount went would go on a 4-0 run to pull away for the victory.
Brigid MctTavish (South Carroll) made six saves in the winning effort and Aubrey Rubino added a goal and an assist for Mount St. Mary's.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun