March 22, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - No. 17 James Madison's Kelly Berger scored five goals to lead the Dukes to a 14-8 win over No. 20 Loyola in women's lacrosse action Wednesday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. JMU improves to 4-2 while the Greyhounds fall to 3-4 on the season.
Berger got the Dukes off to an early 1-0 lead with a goal after two minutes of play. Kate McHarg evened out the score at 9:33 when she took a hard shot from the 12 meter.
The Dukes went on the score the next five straight goals over the next six minutes to jump out to a 6-1 lead after 15:44 of play. Berger scored twice in the run while teammates Lynlea Cronin, Brooke McKenzie and Julie Stone added the remaining three goals.
Stephanie Walker ended the scoring drought for Loyola with an unassisted goal at 16:04. The Dukes went on to score the next three goals, two from Colleen O'Keefe and one from McKenzie, to take a commanding 9-2 margin.
Berger opened the second half with back-to-back goals in the first five minutes of the half and an 11-3 score. McHarg scored her fourth goal for the 11-4 margin before two more JMU goals by Emily Haller and Julie Stone, both assisted by Cronin for the 13-5 Dukes mark.
Kenny and McHarg scored the next two goals, Kenny's off a pass from Walker to cut James Madison's lead to 13-7.
The team exchanged goals for the 14-8 final, Loyola's coming from Kenny and JMU's from McKenzie.
McHarg and Kenny each scored three goals to lead the `Hounds while Walker had two goals and an assist. Nicolaus was credited with one assist.
For James Madison, Berger led the game with five goals and an assist. McKenzie scored three times while assisting on a goal.
Loyola's freshman keeper Alex Piraino stopped a career-high 13 shots while JMU's Livvy King recorded five saves.
The Greyhounds hit the road for the next three games, beginning with Hofstra on March 26 at 12:00.