UNH women's lacrosse defeated by No. 4 North Carolina, 12-5

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Allison Higgins recorded five goals and two assists to lead the fourth-ranked University of North Carolina women's lacrosse team to Wednesday afternoon's 12-5 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire at Henry Stadium.

UNH is now 1-2 with both losses to teams ranked in the top 10. UNC improved to 6-1.

In the first half, the Wildcats scored almost immediately as Jess Burnap (New Canaan, Conn.) scored 42 seconds into the game by driving down the middle of the field and scoring unassisted. Higgins scored twice and Christina Juras once in the next 10 minutes as Carolina took a 3-1 lead.

Jill Albee (Pembroke N.H.) scored at 12:04 to trim the deficit to 3-2, but the Tar Heels scored the last three goals of the first half to take a 6-2 lead into the break.

The Wildcats struck first in the second half to cut UNC's lead to 6-3 on an unassisted goal by Kristin Blanchette (Subbury, Mass.) at 36:30. The Tar Heels then responded with goals by Jess Allen and Juras to extend the advantage to five goals at 8-3. Laura Dosdall's (Wellesley, Mass.) free-position goal at 49:16 made it 8-4 before UNC scored four straight goals -- the last two by Higgins -- to put the game out of reach. Albee's second goal closed the game scoring with 1:56 remaining.

UNH goalkeeper Stacey Plati (Nashua, N.H.) finished with nine saves while UNC counterpart Kristen Hordy stopped six shots.

New Hampshire returns to action March 19 for its home opener vs. Sacred Heart University. The Wildcats also play host to Fairfield University on March 20. Both games begin at Memorial Field at noon.

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