Greyhounds Nip Retrievers In Women's Lacrosse Dogfight

Feb. 28, 2007

Final Stats

Baltimore, Md. - Senior Kate McHarg's goal in the 57th minute of Wednesday's game versus UMBC sent the two teams into overtime. Her goal in the second-minute of overtime gave Loyola a 10-9 come-from-behind win over its local rival at Diane Gepp-Aikens Field.

"Our team showed a lot of heart and great desire to win," says Head Coach Kerri O'Day. "We battled back from three goals down and were able to get the `W'"

McHarg was one of three Greyhounds to score multiple goals and one of two with three tallies in the win. Junior Maura Kenny also scored three times while sophomore Colleen O'Keefe added two for the Greyhounds.

Loyola began the game in fine fashion as Kenny scored her first goal only 2:47 into the contest. UMBC, however, answered with four straight to take a 4-1 first-half lead. The `Hounds cut the margin to two with O'Keefe's free position in the final minute of the half and trailed 4-2 at the break.

The Retrievers padded their lead with a goal only 28 seconds into the second half. Loyola, down by three goals, never panicked and took control of the game. Holding possession for next six minutes, the Greyhounds chipped away with goals from Kenny, sophomore Elizabeth Weber and McHarg. Kenny's goal was a man-up tally, while McHarg's goal, scored in the 36th minute, knotted the game at 5-5.

The `Hounds took their first lead in the 38th minute with Marianna Smith's first career goal. Kenny added to the lead with a goal 10 seconds later to cap a 5-0 Loyola run. Still, with five minutes left in regulation, Loyola found itself down by a goal.

McHarg's game-tying and game-winning goals are her first this season. She scored two game winners in 2006 and has now scored in 30 straight games for the Greyhounds.

Freshman goalie Karen Nicolaus, who finished with 12 saves, preserved the win in overtime with a point-blank save in the final minute. The Greyhounds finished the game with 16 groundballs and 13 draw controls.

Loyola, now 1-1 this season, hosts No. 1 North Carolina at Diane Geppi-Aikens this Friday at 4 p.m.