March 11, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Rutgers used a 5-0 run early in the second half to earn a 10-8 win over Loyola in BIG EAST women's lacrosse action Sunday afternoon. The Greyhounds fall to 1-3 on the season and 0-1 in the conference while the No. 17 Scarlet Knights improve to 4-1 and 1-0.
The Greyhounds opened the game with a tally in the first minute when Colleen O'Keefe passed the ball from behind the cage to Elizabeth Weber for the 1-0 score. Rutgers answered with back-to-back goals, the first at 3:07 by Brooke Cantwell. Mary Cryan added the second goal on a free-position at 4:40. Loyola's O'Keefe tied the game at two on an unassisted goal in the sixth minute before Rutgers scored the next three straight goals over a four minute span to take a 5-2 lead.
But the Greyhounds went on a rampage, scoring five straight goals over the final 11 minutes of the first half to take a 7-5 advantage at intermission. Emily Gibson scored the first goal in the run off a pass from Alicyn Brunnett. Kate Filippelli added the next tally unassisted before Maura Kenny tied the game at five in the 26th minute. Kenny's goal came off a pass from O'Keefe. Less than a minute later, Kenny gave the `Hounds the lead when she took a pass from Kate McHarg as she sprinted towards the goal and beat the keeper. McHarg scored her own goal a minute later to give Loyola a 7-5 half-time lead.
Rutgers held Loyola scoreless for much of the second half, putting together its own five-goal run in that time. Katy Lawrence registered back-to-back free-position goals to tie the game at seven in the 38th minute. Nina Frankoski scored the next two goals for Rutgers to take the lead, 9-7.at 47:53. Cantwell scored the final goal for Rutgers in the 52nd minute for the 10-7 score.
Brunnett scored the final goal of the game when Filippelli passed off her free-position shot to her at 53:58.
Freshman goalkeeper Karen Nicolaus recorded eight saves for Loyola while Sandra Abel and Erika Paige combined for six saves for Rutgers.
Loyola returns to action on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Wednesday, March 14 at 4:00.