CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Canisius College women’s lacrosse team fell 24-6 to No. 1 North Carolina on Wednesday in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels (3-0) got off to a fast start, by netting five goals in the first four minutes of the contest, with Canisius unable to recover, dropping the Griffs to 0-2 on the year.
“It was the second game in a row that we got off to a slow start and it cost us again today,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “When you’re playing the top teams in the nation, it’s crucial to get off to a good start and we didn’t do that today.
“We tested our girls early -- scheduling the top-two ranked teams in the nation – and as a team we’ve found things we need to work on. But even though we’ve started 0-2, I think these games will be beneficial to achieving our long-term goals this season.”
Canisius was able to get on the board five minutes in when junior attacker Meghan Cuddy scored her fourth goal of the year on a free position opportunity, cutting the Tar Heel lead to 5-1.
After another pair of North Carolina goals, junior attacker Tori Quinn found the back of the net for the Griffs following a quick feed from sophomore midfielder Ashley Bull.
North Carolina midfielder Aly Messinger then tacked on two of her four goals on the afternoon on back-to-back possessions before Canisius junior midfielder Tori Greco scored her first goal of the season off a free position opportunity. That sequence increased the Tar Heel lead to 9-3.
The Tar Heels put the game away for good after Greco’s goal by scoring on six-straight possessions, led by one of Carly Reed’s game-high five goals.
The Griffs would score twice more in the first half, as sophomore attacker Taylor Giglio scored her first goal as a member of the Blue and Gold and Greco found the back of the net for the second time on a free position opportunity. Canisius would head into the half trailing 18-5.
Sophomore attacker Caroline Ogden tallied the Griffs’ goal in the second.
After starting the season on the road for the first two contests, Canisius will return home Tuesday, Feb. 25, to take on Colgate. First draw is scheduled for 4 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Griffs also started 0-2 in 2013 and they went on to win 14 of their final 17 contests… Tori Greco’s two goals made today’s contest the first multi-goal game of the junior’s career… Sophomore Ashley Bull’s two caused turnovers were also a career high.