When North Carolina women’s lacrosse attacker Corey Donohoe gets the ball in a one-on-one situation near the goal, all bets are off for the other team.
The Tar Heels scrap their offensive plans and defenders hold on for dear life as she thunders on a path of destruction toward the goal.
Boston College defender Jill Rekart didn’t get that memo.
In the fifth minute of the second half, Donohoe drove Rekart into the ground, knocking her on her backside on her way to her fifth goal of the game. The goal gave UNC a comfortable four-goal lead it would hold for the rest of the game.
Donohoe uses her strength and agility to create one-on-one situations, which UNC coach Jenny Levy encourages her to take advantage of — and to finish.
“Corey’s effective because she’s a great athlete — her footwork, her strength, her size, her hands, her stickwork are all very good,” Levy said. “She’s very difficult to defend one-on-one, so we keep telling her ‘when you have a one-on-one, regardless of where you are on the offense, either low or high, you go.’”
Donohoe was able to take advantage of her athletic abilities and dominate single coverage in the first half, scoring four goals, three of which were consecutive in a seven-minute span.
BC finally caught on to Donohoe’s tendencies in the second half and put her in double coverage with a defender face-guarding her at all times.
The result was only one goal for Donohoe in the second half. But it did not mean Donohoe’s offensive contributions were nullified.
The Eagles’ increased attention on Donohoe left open holes in the crease for other UNC players to exploit. Donohoe’s ability to find open Tar Heels allowed for more fluid ball movement, which created open shooting lanes.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, draw that double and then move (the ball),” Donohoe said. “The more movement we have and the more we keep the ball high, it’s going to give those openings.”
Donohoe’s five goals tied a season high and tied the UNC career record for goals at 169.
“She’s still drawing the best defender on every team,” Levy said. “She’s getting double teamed and she’s still coming away with a huge impact on the game through draw controls and transition work and putting the ball in the back of the net.”
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