Loyola vs. Massachusetts - NCAA First Round - Postgame Quotes

May 14, 2011

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Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams -

"I am very pleased that we were able to beat a very respectable opponent and move on. This has been our goal from the beginning of the season, not to let our season end.

On the offensive game plan:
"Our plan today was to have quicker ball movement, and we did that. When someone draws a double-team like Grace (Gavin) did today, she moved the ball great. I am sure that Grace is beating herself up a lot about her performance, but she did a lot of great things behind the scenes, moving the ball and creating things for her teammates. They took her out of the team, but I think that the mark of a championship team is to have other players set up like Meg Decker did.

On Loyola's defense against Jackie Lyons (40 goals, 32 assists entering game):
"We had Johanna Gibson on her in somewhat of a faceguarding role to try to keep the ball out of her hands. When the ball got into her hands, `Jo' did a great job, and our slides came quick to her."


Loyola Senior Midfielder Meg Decker (5 goals, 3 draw controls) -

"When we get the ball, we push hard; we go hard and not just the person with the ball. Today, we had the opportunities open up at the right places for me.

On goal with 19:09 to play in second half:
"Our defense is good at finding the open player, and that was me this time. In our midfield, we say beat the (defender), and when (another defender) comes up, beat her, too. There was no defense in the center, and the shot was there for me.

On Loyola's 14-9 advantage in draw controls:
"Draw controls are all about the team effort. You can sometimes win it to yourself, but when the ball goes out, we had three players there. If they got the ball, we had a triple- or double-team on them."


Loyola Senior Defender Kellye Gallagher (5 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers) -

"We knew that we had to be good with our hot (reads) and go hard when we slid to them. We had to get there quick when we were hot, and we knew (goalkeeper) Kerry (Stoothoff) would be there behind us.

On playing in Loyola's first NCAA Championships game since 2004:
"We were excited. This is a big win for us today, and we want to keep going. We were definitely a little nervous, but we get to keep going."