Women's Lacrosse Upsets No. 11 Syracuse in an Overtime Thriller

April 8, 2006

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team earned a 13-12 overtime win over No. 11 Syracuse Saturday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds improve to 5-6 overall with the win and 2-1 in the BIG EAST after defeating their first ranked opponent of the season. The No. 11 Orange fall to 7-4 on the season and 1-2 in the BIG EAST.

The Greyhounds were led by a four-goal performance by both Kate McHarg and Emily Lawrence. Lawrence's four goals sets a new career-high for the sophomore who's previous high was two goals.

The Orange opened scoring with a free-position goal from Melissa Pearsall after nearly five minutes of play and the 1-0 lead. But McHarg quickly answered, scoring back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead. McHarg scored her first goal quickly off the draw after Pearsall's goal and then beat nearly everyone down field and fired a shot at the cage to tie the game at 1-1. Her second came two minutes later from a free-position to take the 2-1 lead.

The teams exchanged two goals apiece for a 4-3 Loyola lead. SU's goals came from Jill DePetris and Kathryn Rowan while Stephanie Walker and Lawrence scored for Loyola. Lawrence's goal, assisted by Sydney Greene, began a 3-0 run for the Greyhounds. McHarg and Alicyn Brunnett added the next two tallies for the `Hounds to earn a comfortable 6-3 lead after nearly 21 minutes of play. Both McHarg and Brunnett's goals came from free-position shots.

Syracuse stopped the run with a free-position by Shari Appollon in the 21st minute for the 6-4 mark. But Loyola's Kate Filippelli would end scoring in the first half with a goal at 28:28 for the 7-4 half-time lead.

The Greyhounds built upon that lead in the second half, scoring the first three goals to take a commanding 10-4 lead in the 36th minute. Walker scored the first tally for the `Hounds while Lawrence added the second two. Lawrence's goals were assisted by Walker and Chrissy Nicolaus.

The Orange weren't ready to give up however and scored the next five straight goals to get within a goal, 10-9 with 15 minutes to play. Gaddy Fortune scored twice in the run while Rowan, Caitlyn Dragon and Kristin Brady each added a tally.

Loyola cushioned the lead with goals from Nicolaus (assisted by Filippelli) and Lawrence to lead 12-9 with just under five minutes to play. SU's Fortune went on a three-goal run on her own over the final minutes of regulation to tie the game at 12-12 and send it into overtime.

The Greyhounds remained composed however and McHarg scored less than 30 seconds into the first overtime period to claim the 13-12 lead. The Orange had a free-position opportunity with 1:30 to play in the second overtime but Fortune's free-position shot was blocked by the Loyola defense.

McHarg and Lawrence led the `Hounds with four goals each. Walker added two goals and an assist. Filippelli and Nicolaus each added a goal and an assist while Brunnett scored a goal and Greene recorded an assist.

Fortune led the game with five goals, all in the second half. Rowan scored twice and added two assists. Five other members of the Orange squad recorded one goal while another recorded an assist.

Freshman keeper Alex Piraino stopped nine shots in goal while Syracuse's Jen Kasel was credited with seven stops in 58:33 minutes. Ashley Pike played the remaining 7:27 but did not record any saves.

The Greyhounds host BIG EAST opponent Connecticut on Wednesday, April 12. The first draw is scheduled for 3:00.