March 2, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Maura Kenny scored three goals and junior Kate McHarg added two, but it wasn't enough against the top-ranked Tarheels at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Friday afternoon. No. 1 North Carolina scored four of the game's final five goals to break open a very tight game and win 13-7.
The Greyhounds, who caused 10 turnovers, were aggressive from the opening whistle. After a free-position score gave North Carolina an early advantage, Loyola responded with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead. Kenny scored both goals in a 30-second span, with the help of sophomore Colleen O'Keefe, who picked up assists on each of the goals.
UNC evened the game in the third minute, but once again Kenny responded. Scoring her third goal in the game's first eight minutes, Kenny gave Loyola a 3-2 lead it would hold into the 23rd minute of play. The Tarheels, however, scored three times in the final seven minutes of the half, including a free-position goal with three ticks on the first-half clock, to take a 5-3 lead at the half.
Two more North Carolina goals to start the second half put Loyola down four scores. McHarg, however, got the `Hounds back on track with an aggressive move to the cage. Scoring her fifth goal of the season, McHarg brought Loyola within three at 7-4. Two more UNC goals shifted the momentum back to the Tarheels, but McHarg struck again to declare that the Greyhounds weren't going away.
Junior Kate Filippelli followed McHarg's goal with a score of her own, and Loyola's 9-4 deficit at the 20-minute mark of the second half, was down to 9-6 with 16:20 left in regulation.
North Carolina ended the game on the run to remain unbeaten this season. Loyola goalie Karen Nicolaus finished the game with 12 saves while freshman Meg Taylor registered a game-high four caused turnovers. The Greyhounds also picked up 17 groundballs compared to 15 for North Carolina.
Loyola's overall record is now 1-2 this season. The Greyhounds play their next two games on the road, traveling to Delaware on March 7 and Rutgers on March 11.