She got the ball with 18 seconds left to play, looked up at the clock and took the game into her own hands.
“Our first play actually didn’t work, and I knew that the time was getting down so I just decided to attack on the crease,” Donohoe said. “I just went for it, and luckily I got the inside roll and I was able to get a shot off.”
She spun off her defender and finished with a shot that landed in the upper-right pocket of the goal.
Though they controlled possession for 96 percent of the second overtime half, the Tar Heels struggled throughout the game with holding onto the ball.
After jumping to a 3-0 lead in the first 14 minutes, North Carolina gave up five straight Florida goals, some of which came off UNC turnovers.
“Basic throwing and catching, throwing the ball away, not watching the ball into your stick, basic fundamentals that we do everyday in practice we just weren’t getting down,” Donohoe said.
“And they caused turnovers, and we gave them possessions, and they were capitalizing on those possessions.”
North Carolina continued its possession struggles into the second half, scoring only one goal in the first 24 minutes of the period.
“The offense just didn’t have enough possessions,” coach Jenny Levy said. “I thought the possessions we had, we didn’t capitalize and they were really quick and we need to be a little more patient.”
But facing a two-goal deficit with seven minutes remaining in regulation, UNC got its act together quickly.
The Tar Heels scored two goals in 24 seconds to even the score, 8-8.
The scoring spurt was sparked by Donohoe, who picked up a loose ball at midfield and thundered down to the 8-meter crease before she was fouled. Donohoe converted her free-position shot to put the Tar Heels within one goal of the lead.
The Donohoe goal woke up the under-performing Tar Heels, who began to show flashes of the team that beat Florida 18-5 last season.
“This is a work in progress,” Levy said. “We’re not going to play our best lacrosse on Feb. 12.”
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