North Carolina will continue its 2013 women's lacrosse season with its first road game of the year on Saturday afternoon at Pennsylvania. The Tar Heels and Quakers will take the draw just after 1 p.m. at Franklin Field.
Carolina is ranked third in the nation in both the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse media poll and the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. The Tar Heels were No. 5 in both polls last week before defeating then-No. 1 Northwestern, 11-8, last Friday in Chapel Hill.
Penn is ranked No. 17 in the media poll and No. 18 in the coaches poll. The Quakers are 0-1 this season after losing 11-8 to Drexel last weekend.
Saturday's game will be Carolina's fourth this season against a nationally-ranked opponent. The Tar Heels lost their season opener on Feb. 9 to No. 3 Florida, 5-3, then defeated No. 16/17 Towson (Feb. 15) and No. 1/1 Northwestern (Feb. 22).
SERIES HISTORY VS. PENN
• Penn leads the all-time series with North Carolina, 3-2.
• The two teams are meeting for the sixth year in a row in the regular season.
• Carolina is seeking its first-ever win at Penn after having lost there in 2009 (by an 11-2 score) and 2011 (10-7). The Tar Heels are 2-1 against the Quakers in Chapel Hill (a UNC loss in 2008 and wins in 2010 and 2012).
• Last year, the Tar Heels beat Penn 15-6 in Chapel Hill (see more details below). In the most recent meeting in Philadelphia, the Quakers beat UNC 10-7 on March 5, 2010.
LAST YEAR VS. THE QUAKERS
• The second-ranked North Carolina women's lacrosse team exploded for 11 goals after halftime to beat No. 7 Penn 15-6 on March 3, 2012, at Fetzer Field.
• Penn got on the board first, less than a minute into play on a goal by junior Caroline Bunting. Cannizzaro's goal tied the game for Carolina five minutes later and the Tar Heels reeled off four in a row before the Quakers' Bunting answered 9:16 before halftime.
• The Tar Heels took at 4-2 lead into the break, but came out to score three goals - two by Zimmerman and one by Garrity - in just over a minute early in the second period.
• With UNC up 7-2, Penn junior Meredith Cain scored on an assist from Erin Brennan to temporarily halt the UNC run with 26:35 on the clock. Carolina answered with a goal by Friend, assisted by Zimmerman, and then the Quakers came back with an unassisted goal by Brennan to put the score at 8-4.
• The Tar Heels then scored five goals in a row to pull away for good. Coppa had both of hers as well as an assist in that span, while Garrity, Lynch and Zimmerman also scored before Penn came up with two more goals in less than a minute with about eight minutes remaining in the game. The final two goals, unassisted shots from Friend and Lynch, put the final score at 15-6 and gave the Tar Heels their sixth win in a row.
• Junior Lauren Maksym made eight saves in playing all 60 minutes. Penn goalkeeper Emily Leitner made 11 saves, nine of them in the first half.