March 26, 2004
BALTIMORE, MD - In a battle of two teams tied at fifth in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association poll, Loyola came out on top with a 14-9 victory over James Madison. The Greyhounds improve to 8-1 with the win while the Dukes fall to 5-2.
Jaclyn Borrone started things up quickly for the Greyhounds, scoring in the first minute after she won the opening draw control. JMU went on to score the next two goals to take their only lead at 2-1 5:03 into the game. The Greyhounds then went on a five goal run to take a 6-2 halftime lead. Sydney Greene scored three of her four goals in that run while Stephanie Walker and Borrone added the other two.
The Dukes came back at Loyola in the second half, scoring the first two goals in under four minutes for a much closer 6-4 score. Greene did her best to keep JMU at bay with her fourth goal off an assist from Rachel Shuck 35:46 into the contest. James Madison answered back with two more goals for the 7-6 score. Borrone scored her third goal of the day to pull Loyola up 8-6 when Shuck found her from behind the cage just 16 seconds after the last JMU goal. The Dukes Jessica Brownridge broke open for a fast-break and scored to again pull JMU within one, 8-7. The teams would exchange goals twice, with two Loyola free positions and JMU goals from Brownridge and Gail Decker for a 9-8 score. The Greyhounds then started a four goal run and began to run down the clock for the win. Walker, Jen Schuerholz and Borrone all added their final goals and with 3:38 remaining Loyola worked the ball around before getting off their last shot, a goal by Rachel Shuck with just 19 seconds left in the game.
Greene led Loyola with four goals and an assist. Borrone also added four goals and Walker tallied three as well as an assist to be the Greyhounds leading scorers.
Brownridge led the Dukes with three goals and an assist. Decker added three goals as well.
Kim Lawton stopped 11 of 18 JMU shots in the first half while Cindy Nicolaus made five saves in the second. James Madison's Amy Altig stopped seven shots in the first with Livvy King made four saves in the second half.
Loyola will begin a three game road swing starting with William & Mary on Sunday, March 28 at 12:00.