May 8, 2004
Baltimore, MD - No. 4 Loyola held onto a 7-4 halftime advantage with a 14-11 win over No. 15 Syracuse Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds finish the regular season at 14-3 while the Orangewomen fall to 9-6. Talia Shacklock and Sydney Greene led the Greyhounds with four goals each.
Syracuse starting things off with a goal by leading scoring Leigh-Ann Zimmer just under three minutes into the game before Loyola answered back with two goals of its own. Stephanie Walker gave the Greyhounds the 1-1 tie with a free position and Shacklock nabbed the 2-1 lead when Rachel Shuck passed the ball from behind the net to an open Shacklock. Syracuse was not deterred however, scoring the next two goals in a span of nearly three minutes for a 3-2 Orangewomen lead. But the Greyhounds then took over, going on a four goal run, started by Shacklock at 16:20. Goals by Jaclyn Borrone, Jen Schuerholz and another by Shacklock followed for the 6-3 score 20 minutes into the game. Shuck assisted one two goals in the run. Monica Joines ended a 16 minute Syracuse scoring drought and Loyola run with her free position goal with 59 seconds remaining in the half. Schuerholz end the half on a high note for the Greyhounds with her unassisted goal with just six seconds remaining in the stanza for a 7-4 Loyola halftime lead.
Zimmer started things off again, bringing the Orangewomen within two, 7-5, just 22 seconds into the second half. Loyola answered back with two quick goals, one from Shuck and the fourth on the day from Shacklock to maintain a 9-5 lead at 35:51. Joines and Zimmer added back to back goals for Syracuse to keep the game within reach 9-7 at 38:41. Loyola's Sydney Greene then scored three straight goals in just over three minutes of play, every time becoming wide open and beating SU's keeper for a more comfortable 12-7 Loyola lead with 17:31 remaining in the game. The Orangewomen continued to fight outscoring Loyola 4-2 in the last 10 minutes but they were unable to overcome the 7-4 halftime deficit.
Greene was the overall leading point scorer for Loyola with four goals and an assists while Shacklock tied the team-high four goals. Schuerholz and Walker each added two goals while Shuck and Borrone each had one. Shuck added four assists to make her career total and Loyola school record 86 assists.
Zimmer led Syracuse with five goals and an assists. Joines was next on the list with three.
The Loyola goalkeeper tandem of Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus combined for nine saves (four to Lawton and five to Nicolaus). SU's starting keeper Jennifer Kasel stopped 15 Loyola shots before being relieved by Bethel Steele.
The Greyhounds will now await the NCAA selection show to find out who they face in the first round of the tournament. The selection will appear on CSTV Sunday, May 9 at 6:30.