March 31, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 10 Nittany Lions, 20-7 Saturday on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Jessi Lieb led PSU's 11 goal scorers with six. The Greyhounds fall to 2-7 with the loss while the Nittany Lions improve to 7-2.
Senior Kate McHarg gave Loyola the early lead with a goal in the third minute. Freshman Emily Gibson passed the ball from behind the net to McHarg as she charged the goal. McHarg beat PSU's goalie for the 1-0 lead. The Nittany Lions answered with a goal from Kerry Shea, with the assist to Marisa Lozano, 5:36 into the contest. Gibson gave Loyola the 2-1 advantage when sophomore Colleen O'Keefe passed the ball to her from the eight-meter in the ninth minute. Penn State went on a four-goal run to take their second lead, 5-2. PSU's goals came from Theresa Bucci, Lndsay Dutch, Maria Valderas and Lieb in a five-minute stretch.
O'Keefe broke up scoring with an unassisted goal after 17:27 of play before Penn State put together another run, 5-1 to pad their lead to 10-4. Maura Kenny scored the goal for Loyola in the seventh minute stretch while Lieb scored two for Penn State, Karen Long, Bucci and Mariel Bryan added the remaining. Loyola freshman Jessie Heisterman scored the final Loyola goal of the first half, on a pass from Alicyn Brunnett for the 10-5 score in the 27th minute.
The Nittany Lions then put together a seven-goal run over the remainder of the first half and for nearly 15 minutes of the second to take a commanding 18-5 lead. Each team added two more for the 20-7 final, with Loyola's goals coming from McHarg and Brunnett and PSU's from Valderas and Brittany Jensen.
Penn State's starting goalkeeper Cammie Jurkosky recorded three saves while Jess Boccio added two in nearly 15 minutes of play. Loyola freshman goalkeeper Karen Nicolaus stopped six shots while classmate Courtney Burhans played just over six minutes, stopping no shots.
The Greyhounds return to action Tuesday, traveling to James Madison for a 4:00 game.