April 23, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - In a complete offensive battle, Stanford earned a 20-16 victory over Loyola in women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The contest featured 66 shots total. The Greyhounds fall to 4-9 on the season while the Cardinal improved to 10-5.
The Greyhounds started things off quickly when Rachel Shuck rolled around the cage and got a shot off just 22 seconds into the game for a 1-0 score. Kate McHarg then gave Loyola a 2-0 lead with her unassisted goal 4:03 into the game. Stanford regrouped and went on a seven goal tear in just over 12 minutes for a 7-2 lead at 18:19. Megan Burker, Sarah Bach and Daphne Patterson each recorded two goals in the run while Kelsey Twist added one. Loyola got back on the board with goals from Maura Kenny and McHarg for a 7-4 mark before another Stanford run. The Cardinal got goals from Nina Pantano, Burker and Michelle DeChant to increase its lead to 10-4 after nearly 24 minutes of play. Katie Guarino's free-position goal broke up Stanford's efforts before Sydney Greene goal off a pass from Shuck ended the first half with the score 10-6.
The Cardinal made its presence known early in the second half by scoring three goals in the first five minutes for a 13-6 score. McHarg gave Loyola's its first second half goal at 38:26. Stanford's Burker answered with her fourth goal of the game at 39:06 for a 14-7 mark. Loyola's Greene then went on a rampage, scoring three goals in just over a minute to get the Greyhounds within striking distance, 14-10 at 41:12. The Cardinal quickly built their lead back up, 17-10, with goals from Twist, Liz Piselli and Paterson. McHarg and Greene refused to let the Greyhounds give up however. McHarg added a free-position at 48:35, Greene a goal of a Maura Kenny pass at 49:59 and McHarg with her fifth goal, another free-position at 51:24 for the 17-13 score. Freshman Kate Filippelli added to the run with an unassisted goal at 52:21. Burker ended the Loyola run with a free-position goal at 55:13. McHarg then used an unassisted goal to get Loyola within three goals with almost four minutes left to play. Patterson added two final goals for Stanford for the 20-15 lead at 59:12 before Greene recorded her sixth goal with 16 seconds left on the clock in the 20-16 final.
McHarg and Greene each tallied six goals for a game-high. Shuck, Kenny, Filippelli and Guarino each had single goal games while Shuck added two assists and Kenny one.
Burker and Patterson led the Cardinal with five goals apiece. Bach and Piselli added three and Twist recorded two. DeChant and Bach had single goal games. Burker added three assists while Bach and DeChant each had one.
The Cardinal held a substantial advantage in free-position shots taken at 11-5. Stanford scored on eight of their 11 opportunities while Loyola got goals from two of its five. All other statistical categories remained relatively even. Stanford held a 34-32 mark in shots and 18-14 in groundballs while Loyola had a 20-16 advantage in draw controls.