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Women's Lacrosse Starts Season at Penn

Feb. 27, 2004

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THE SERIES VS. Penn
Loyola holds a 12-4 advantage over Pennsylvania in a series that began in 1983. The Quakers won the first meeting, 9-5, in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Greyhounds earned their first victory over Penn in 1985, 13-8. The two teams met for the opening of the season in 1986, 87, 88 and 89 with Penn winning three of those four games. The Greyhounds have won the past 10 meetings with the Quakers. In those last 10 meetings, Loyola has out-scored Penn, 122-56.

LAST TIME VS. PENN
Game 7 * No. 1 Loyola 12, Penn 3 * March 25, 2003 * Curley Field
Sophomore Stephanie Walker scored exploded with five goals in Loyola's 12-3 win over Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon at Curley Field. The No. 1 Greyhounds remain undefeated at 7-0 while the Quakers fall to 2-5 on the season.

No. 1 Loyola took an early lead with goals from Sydney Greene and Stephanie Walker for a 3-0 score just 10 minutes into play. Greene made the first tally with a fast-break goal while Walker scored the second unassisted and the third on a feed from Rachel Shuck.

Lindsay Cassidy got Penn on the board at 20:25 with a free-position goal before Loyola would get a four-goal burst sparked by Jen Schuerholz. Schuerholz started the burst at 22:45, followed by an unassisted goal from Walker at 25:14. Suzanne Eyler got her first goal of the game at 27:19 on a feed from Talia Shacklock. Shuck added her first goal just 17 seconds later on a pass from Greene.

Allison Polk-Williams ended scoring in the first half with her goal for Penn at 28:08.The Greyhounds showed no signs of weakness in the opening of the second half, scoring two goals less than a minute into play. Walker made the score 8-2 just 17 seconds in and Shacklock gave Loyola a 9-2 lead at 30:47. Eyler added another tally at 32:57 for a 10-2 score before the Quakers would get on the board again.

Chelsea Kaden scored another free-position goal for Penn before Loyola finished out scoring with Walker's fifth goal and Shuck's second of the day. Shuck also added a game-high three assists.

Loyola's goalies, Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus combined for 13 saves on the day. Nicolaus' 10 saves was a career-high. Quaker goalie Alaina Harper made eight saves on the day.

LC Goals: Walker 5, Shuck 2, Eyler 2, Greene, Shacklock, Schuerholz
LC Assists: Shuck 3, Greene, Shacklock
Penn Goals: Cassidy, Polk-Williams, Kaden
Penn Assists: none
Shots: LC 25, Penn 19
Saves: Lawton (LC) 3, Nicolaus (LC) 10; Harper (Penn) 8
Groundballs: LC 33, Penn 23
Draw Controls: LC 7, Penn 10
Caused Turnovers: LC 17, Penn 4
Fouls: LC 19, Penn 10

BEST TEAM
The Greyhounds broke the record for most wins in a season with 17 in 2003. The 1994 and 2000 squad each had 16 win for the previous record.Loyola's current one loss is the fewest ever by any Loyola squad. In 1996, the Greyhounds finished 14-2 overall and in 1994 they were 16-3.

AT THE TOP
At the close of the 2003 season, Loyola ranked on top of the NCCA in scoring defense, allowing just 6.26 goals per game. Goalie Kim Lawton was the leader in goals against average at 5.36 and second-half goalie, Cindy Nicolaus finished sixth at 7.07. Nicolaus was first in saves percentage with 0.626 and Lawton was just behind her at 0.619.

OFFENSIVE THREAT
Loyola returns much of their offensive threats from 2003. The Greyhounds return four of their top five leading scorers with Rachel Shuck, Talia Shacklock, Stephanie Walker, Sydney Greene. Those four scored a total of 111 goals and 49 assists in 2003.

DEFENSIVE RETURNERS
The Greyhounds return three members of the 2003 defensive unit, all integral members who are captains this season. Kristi Korrow, Tara Singleton and Kourtney Porcella all return for Loyola as well as goalies Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus.

UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
Kerri Johnson was named Loyola's head coach on July 9, 2003. She was the associate head coach for the Greyhounds in 2002 and an assistant under Diane Geppi-Aikens from 1998-2002. The '97 Loyola grad is assisted by Krystin Porcella '98, Stacey Morlang '03 and Marianne Gioffre '02.

NEW ADDITIONS
Loyolas has six additions to the roster in 2004. Colleen Brown (Lindenhurst, NY/St. Anthony's), Megahan MacIntire (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park), Kate McHarg (Victoria, Australia/Presentation College), Liz Peregoy (Fallston, MD/Fallston), Rachael Pickin (Newport, RI/Portsmouth Abbey) and Cari West (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park).

TOP RANKED TEAMS
Throughout the season, Loyola will face several of the IWLCA's top picks including No. 11 UNC on March 5, No.1 Princeton on March 7, No. 8 James Madison on March 26th, No. 10 Penn State on April 3rd, No. 4 Duke on April 9th, No. 2 Virginia on April 17th, No. 14 Stanford on April 24th, No. 2 Maryland on May 1st and No. 13 Syracuse on May 8th to close the regular season.

ALL-AMERICA
Loyola returns one All-America selection to the playing field this season with Rachel Shuck. The entire coach staff were All-America selections for Loyola in their tenure, including Marianne Gioffre in 2003.

DOUBLE TAKE
LC has two sets of twins on its roster. Sophomores Liz and Sarah Hannan both play midfield while freshman Chrissy and Cindy Nicolaus are at opposite sides of the field at attack and goal, respectively.

MORE SISTER TALK
The Greyhounds have one more set of sisters on the roster, junior Kourtney Porcella and assistant coach Krystin Porcella.

FORMER GREYHOUNDS IN THE COACHING RANKS
In addition to Loyola's entire coaching staff (Kerri Johnson '97, Krystin Porcella '98, Stacey Morlang '03, Marianne Gioffre '02, Linda Ohrin '94) several former Loyola College players coach around the country and at opposing schools. Monica Yeakel , head UMBC coach is a 1994 Loyola graduate. Liz Schaffner , an assistant coach at George Mason, is a '98 Greyhound alum. At Johns Hopkins, head coach Janine Tucker is a '89 Loyola grad while her assistant, Trisha Dabrowski graduated from the Evergreen in 2002. Allison Valentino, Class of '97, is Duke's associate head coach. Kristin Hagerty '01 is an assistant at William & Mary. 2003 grad Suzanne Eyler is now an assistant at Towson.