Women's Lacrosse Travels to UMBC

Feb. 28, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Tuesday night is the second game of the season for the Loyola women's lacrosse team and the Greyhounds first road contest. The UMBC Retrievers will play host to the No. 14 Greyhounds under the lights at UMBC Stadium.

Loyola has won the last 17 meetings over UMBC and have won 20 out of 24 total. The Retrievers have won just three games over Loyola and tied the Greyhounds once. UMBC won the first meeting, during Loyola's inaugural season of women's lacrosse in 1973, 1974 and 1977. The only tie between the two teams was in 1976 by a score of 9-9. The Greyhounds won their first game over the Retrievers in 1975 and have won 19 games over UMBC since.

UMBC is currently 1-1 on the season having posted a win over Howard (23-11) in their season opener and falling to Virginia Tech (18-12). Megan Keelan leads the Retrievers in points with five goals and five assists while Kelly Fiorani leads in goals with seven to her credit. Kelly Fahey has added six goals so far this season. Ali Levendusky and Jen Kasper each have eight points this season. Levendusky has five goals and three assists while Kasper has scored three goals and been credited with three assists. On the defensive end, Ede Carpenter has a team-high 10 draw controls and six groundballs. Julie Libertini leads in caused turnovers with five. The Retrievers goalkeepers, Susie Sweeney and Julie Venter have each started in one game while they have both appeared in two. Venter posts the most minutes in goal with 64 and a higher saves percentage at 37% while Sweeney has played 56 minutes with a higher goals against average of 12.88.

After one game this season, Kate McHarg leads her team in scoring with seven goals and one assists. She's followed by fellow Aussie Talia Shacklock with three goals and sophomore Maura Kenny with three as well. Senior Stephanie Walker has two goals while classmate Sydney Greene has one. Chrissy Nicolaus has tallied two assists. On the defensive end, Walker has a team-high five caused turnovers. Shacklock is the leader in draw controls with five and McHarg and Kenny post six groundballs each. Keeper Cindy Nicolaus has a goals against average of 10.0 and a saves percentage of 47.4%.

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