March 16, 2006
Wellington, Fla. - After a 7-7 halftime score, Notre Dame outscored Loyola 6-2 in the second half to earn a 13-9 victory Thursday at the Village Park Recreation Center in Wellington, Fla. The Greyhounds fall to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in BIG EAST play while the Fighting Irish remain undefeated at 7-0 and 1-0 in conference play.
Loyola jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with goals by Kate McHarg, Talia Shacklock and Emily Lawrence. McHarg scored in the first 30 seconds of play. Shacklock added a goal after 3:14 and Lawrence scored the third straight Loyola goal at 8:01.
Mary Carpenter got the Fighting Irish on the board after 10 minutes for the 3-1 score. Caitlin McKinney cut the margin to one with a free-position goal at 12:30 for the 3-2 score.
Lawrence and Sydney Greene earned free-position goals to give the Greyhounds a 5-2 lead after 15:56 of play. Jill Byers added to Notre Dame's score off a pass from Heather Ferguson at 17:39 for the 5-3 score. Shacklock scored her second goal, unassisted at 19:58 for the 6-3 mark.
The Fighting Irish went on to score back-to-back goals to cut Loyola's lead to 6-5 with just under five minutes to play in the first half. McKinney scored the first goal while Ferguson added the second on a free-position. Meg Taylor cushioned the Loyola lead with her first collegiate score at 26:27 for a 7-5 mark.
Notre Dame scored the final two goals of the half to tie the game at 7-7. McKinney and Ferguson were credited with the Fighting Irish goals.
Notre Dame maintained the momentum in the second half, rattling off three straight goals to take a 10-7 lead. Crysti Foote, Byers and Kaki Orr scored in the run.
McHarg gave the Greyhounds their first second half goal after 43:46 of play with a hard shot from the 12 meter to cut ND's lead to 10-8.
Notre Dame scored the next three goals, one from Jane Stoeckert, another from Foote for and a third from Byers to take a 13-8 lead.
Shacklock scored the final tally with just under two minutes to play, with the assist credited to Alicyn Brunnett for the 13-9 final score.
Freshman keeper Alex Piraino recorded a career-high 11 saves while Carol Dixon stopped eight shots for Notre Dame.
Shacklock led the game with three goals and an assist. McHarg and Lawrence each added two goals. Taylor and Greene had one goal for Loyola while Brunnett recorded an assist.
Loyola is back in action on Wednesday, March 22 when they host James Madison.