Feb. 25, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior midfielder Kate McHarg tied a career-high with seven goals and also added an assist to lead the Greyhounds (1-0) to a 16-10 non-conference victory over the University of Delaware (0-1) in the women's lacrosse season opener for both teams at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Saturday afternoon.
McHarg, who scored seven goals against the University of Pennsylvania last season, tallied five of her seven goals in the second half as the Greyhounds broke away from a 5-5 tie at the intermission with four of the first six goals in the second half.
After the two teams traded a pair of goals to open the game, Loyola took a 3-2 lead with 6:27 remaining in the first half when senior Talia Shacklock scored off a McHarg feed. Sophomore Casey McCrudden tied the game at 3-3 with her second goal of the half before Shacklock regained the advantage at 4-3 with her second goal of the period.
With 2:02 remaining, McCrudden scored her third goal before freshman Debbie Sloan gave the Blue Hens a 5-4 lead with her first career goal, a free-position shot past senior Cindy Nicolaus. McHarg tied the game at 5-5 with 1:27 left in the period on a free position shot.
After McCrudden gave Delaware a 6-5 lead with 26:49 remaining in the second half, the Greyhounds went on a 4-1 run for a 9-6 advantage as McHarg and sophomore Maura Kenny each scored two goals to pace Loyola. Following a goal by sophomore Jenny Diana, Loyola scored four consecutive goals to take a commanding 13-7 advantage with 3:57 remaining.
Diana scored her second goal of the game with 1:47 left to end the Greyhound spurt, but Loyola added three goals in the final 1:30 to secure the victory.
McHarg was one of three Loyola players to record a hat trick in the victory. Making her return from an injury that sidelined her last season, Shacklock scored three goals while Kenny added three goals. Senior Chrissy Nicolaus tied a career high with two assists for the Greyhounds.
McCrudden tied a career high with five goals to lead Delaware in the loss while Diana added three goals and one assist. Making her first career start, sophomore Jess Dibelka made a career-high 19 saves for the Blue Hens.
Cindy Nicolaus had nine saves in the win for Loyola as the Greyhounds held a 49-25 advantage in shots and a 43-26 advantage in ground balls.
The Greyhounds return to action on Tuesday evening when they face the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Delaware returns home to face Denver at Rullo Stadium on Tuesday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.