March 28, 2007
Towson, Md. - Senior Kate McHarg scored in the sudden victory overtime period to give the Loyola women's lacrosse team an 11-10 win over Towson Wednesday night. The win snaps the Greyhounds five game losing streak and improves their record to 2-6 on the season. The Tigers fall to 3-4 overall and drop the 25th straight game to Loyola.
The Greyhounds scored the first tally of the game in the five minutes in when freshman Jessie Heisterman passed from behind the goal to junior Alicyn Brunnett who was charging the cage for the 1-0 lead. Junior Kate Filippelli gave Loyola and 3-0 lead with back-to-back goals in the sixth and seventh minute.
Towson's Shannon Witzel scored the Tigers first goal 8:35 into the game before Filippelli scored her third marker in the 13th minute. Tiger Hillary Fratzke cut the Loyola lead to two, 4-2 with a fast break goal and Witzel added her second goal to get even closer, 4-3. McHarg padded the `Hounds lead in the 23rd minute with a shot in the low corner, beating Towson keeper Mandy Corry for the 5-3 score. The Tigers scored the last three goals of the first half in the last two minutes to take a 6-5 lead.
Early in the second half, Loyola evened the score at six when freshman Emily Gibson rolled off her defender and turned to beak Corry with a low shot. Towson scored the next two goals to get their largest lead, 8-6 in the 37th minute before Colleen O'Keefe found the back of the net after 39:42 of play for an 8-7 score. O'Keefe's goal came off a pass from McHarg on a fast break. The Tigers answered with a goal from Maggie McNamara two minutes later but the Greyhounds connected on back-to-back goals to tie the game at 9-9. Sophomore Meg Taylor scored the first tally unassisted while Filippelli scored her fourth goal on a free-position in the 48th minute.
Fratzke scored her fourth goal to give the Tigers one last 10-9 with just under five minute left in regulation but Brunnett earned the equalizer on the free-position with a minute on the clock.
Neither team was able to earn any points in the first two over-time periods, sending the game into sudden victory. The Greyhounds seemed to be the team that believed they could find the winner and McHarg gave them just that. Brunnett gave her the ball and she again beat Corry low 48 seconds into the final overtime stanza.
Freshman goalkeeper Karen Nicolaus tallied a career-high 13 saves. Corry was credited with five saves in the loss.
Senior Rachael Pickin recorded a career-high five caused turnovers and four groundballs while Filippelli added three caused turnovers and a team-high six groundballs. Brunnett was credited with a team-high four draw controls.
The Greyhounds return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field Saturday, hosting Penn State. The game is the second half of a double-header with the men's team. The women's game is scheduled to start at 3:30.