April 19, 2008
BALTIMORE - Fourth-ranked Syracuse went on a 5-0 run to close the first half and kept its momentum going in the second half of a 19-8 defeat of host Loyola on Saturday, April 19, 2008, in a BIG EAST Conference game at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
The Orange (13-2 overall, 5-0 BIG EAST), however scored five goals over a 5:50 stretch following O'Keefe's goal.
"We played very well the first 24, or so, minutes of the game," Head Coach Kerri O'Day said. "We made a few mistakes over the next few minutes, and (Syracuse) took full advantage of them. They are an excellent team, and we knew that we couldn't give them opportunities like we did for that stretch."
Megan Mosenson, who led Syracuse with four goals on the afternoon, started the rally with an unassisted goal at the 6:09 mark.
Awehiyo Thomas then scored one of her three goals, off a Katie Rowan assist, with 4:30 to play before the break. Kristin Brady scored on a free-position shot with 2:07 remaining, and Rowan scored twice with 1:06 and 0:19 left.
Rowan finished with a game-high seven points, scoring three goals an assisting on four others.
The Orange clinched their first outright BIG EAST women's lacrosse regular-season title with the victory.
Syracuse scored four in a row to start the second half, building a 15-6 lead with 15:47 remaining.
Kate Filippelli scored her second goal of the game on a free-position goal with 12:27 left, ending a scoreless streak for Loyola (6-8, 1-4) that stretched over 34 minutes.
Thomas put Syracuse on the board first, scoring on a Rowan assist 1:09 into the game.
Syracuse tied the game up four minutes later on a Rowan goal, but the Greyhounds again went in front, as Mary Heneberry fed Filippelli in front of the cage.
The Orange scored three in a row, as Thomas, Halley Quillinan and Mosenson tallied three goals in less than a minute, building a 5-3 advantage.
Mary Clare Taylor pulled the Greyhounds within one, scoring from the left side off a Filippelli assist with 15:17 left in the half.
Gavin then scored her second goal, also unassisted, less than two minutes later, tying the game at five. Christina Dove put Syracuse up, 6-5, with 9:26 left before halftime, two minutes before O'Keefe's game-tying goal.
Filippelli led Loyola with two goals and an assist. She also had a team-high four draw controls and five ground balls. Kristen Stone and Filippelli each had three caused turnovers for the Greyhounds.
Meg Steffe made a career-high 16 saves in the cage for Loyola. Hogan had seven saves for the Orange.
The Greyhounds close out their season with a 4 p.m. game on Saturday, May 3, at home against Maryland. Loyola will honor its six seniors prior to the contest.