Women's Lacrosse Tops UNC, 9-5

March 5, 2004

CHAPEL HILL -- Stephanie Walker had two goals and one assist as fourth-ranked Loyola defeated No. 13 North Carolina, 9-5, in college women's lacrosse action on Friday afternoon from Henry Stadium. The Greyhounds (3-0) raced out to a 6-0 lead and held off a second-half rally by the Tar Heels (2-1) to earn the victory.

Loyola jumped out to a quick start, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Shuck scored two of those goals for the Greyhounds. The Tar Heels responded with goals by Ames and Jess Allen to cut the lead to 6-2 with 13:29 left in the first period. Neither team scored after that point in the first half.

In the second half, the Greyhounds scored two goals in the first five minutes to boost their lead back to six goals at 8-2. Renzi and McCarthy then scored to give the Tar Heels a glimmer of hope at 8-4, but Shacklock responded with a goal to put Loyola back up 9-4 and end the UNC momentum. Ames scored a late goal for the Tar Heels.

Walker, Talia Shacklock and Rachel Shuck each had two goals for Loyola. Beth Ames led Carolina with two goals while three other Tar Heels had single goal games.

Kim Lawton made six saves in the first half for Loyola and Cindy Nicolaus stopped 11 UNC shots in the second half.

Loyola enjoyed an 11-5 edge in draw controls in the game.

The Greyhounds will host No. 1 Princeton at home on Sunday, March 7th. Loyola College will renaming Curley Field in honor of their late coach Diane Geppi-Aikens prior to the game.

STATISTICAL SUMMARYGoals ScoredLoyola- Stephanie Walker 2, Rachel Shuck 2, Talia Shacklock 2, Jen Schuerholz 1, Sydney Greene 1, Jacyln Borrone 1North Carolina- Beth Ames 2, Jess Allen 1, Kelly Renzi 1, Melissa McCarthy 1

AssistsLoyola- Stephanie Walker 1North Carolina- none

Shots on Goal: LC 20, UNC 17Ground Balls: LC 21, UNC 22Turnovers: LC 11, UNC 8Caused Turnovers: LC 4, UNC 7Draw Controls: LC 11, UNC 5Fouls: LC 19, UNC 15

GOALKEEPER SUMMARYLoyola - Kim Lawton: 30 minutes; 6 saves, 2 goals allowed Cindy Nicolaus: 30 minutes; 11 saves, 3 goals allowedNorth Carolina-- Katelyn Hoffman: 60 minutes; 12 saves, 9 goals allowed

ATTENDANCE: 255OFFICIALS: Jill Dull, Lisa Clark, Pat Dillon