March 12, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Junior Kate McHarg helped No. 12 Loyola to a win in its first ever BIG EAST conference win, 17-10 over Rutgers Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. McHarg scored a career-high nine goals while adding two assists for a career-high 11 points. The Greyhounds improve to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in the BIG EAST while the Scarlet Knights fall to 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference.
Rutgers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after three minutes of play with goals from Kate Shomo and Kathryn Lawrence. Loyola answered back with three straight goals in less than a minute of play, two from McHarg to claim the lead 3-2. McHarg scored Loyola's first goal at 6:55 when she drove through the Rutgers defense and took a hard shot from the left. Emily Lawrence tied the game at two 30 seconds later when she drove in from the right hand side and beat Scarlet Knights' keeper Sandra Abel high. McHarg drove to the cage hard 20 seconds after Lawrence's goal to take the 3-2 lead.
Rutgers tied the game at three when Nina Frankoski scored a goal in transition at 8:50 but the Greyhounds would score the next five straight goals to take a commanding 8-3 lead. Maura Kenny sparked the run with her goal at 11:43 and also closed it out with a second at 24:27. McHarg added goals three and four while Sydney Greene also scored in the run.
The Loyola defense had kept Rutgers without a goal for nearly 17 minutes before Michelle Poole got the Scarlet Knights back on the board at 25:35 for an 8-4 score. McHarg and Kenny quickly ended any hopes of a Rutgers run, scoring goals at 26:04 and 26:20 for the 10-4 Loyola lead. Rutgers Shomo and Poole added the final goals of the first half for the 10-6 mark.
The teams scored two goals each early in the second half with McHarg nabbing marks six and seven on free-position shots. Shomo and Poole scored the Rutgers goals for the 12-8 score after 37:24 of play. Loyola outscored the Scarlet Knights 5-2 in the remaining 20 minutes of play for the 17-10 final. McHarg scored her two remaining goals in that time while Kenny, Stephanie Walker and Chrissy Nicolaus added the remaining goals. Rutgers goals came from Katie Batiliuk and Frankoski.
Loyola freshman keeper Alex Piraino stopped five shots in goal while Abel recorded 12 saves.
The Greyhounds outshot the Scarlet Knights 37-22. McHarg took just 10 shots with nine goals.
In addition to McHarg's nine goals, she added two assists. Kenny ended the game with four goals while Sydney Greene, Lawrence, Walker and Nicolaus each added one goal. Greene and Lawrence also added assists.
For Rutgers, Shomo and Poole each finished with three goals. Frankoski added two and Lawrence and Batiliuk each scored one. Lawrence added two assists while Batiliuk, Franksoski and Kathleen Holley were each credited with one.
Loyola returns to action on Thursday, March 16 when they face BIG EAST opponent Notre Dame in Wellington, Fla.