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Women's Lacrosse Visits UMBC

March 2, 2004

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THE SERIES VS. UMBC
Loyola holds a 19-3-1 advantage over the Retrievers of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. The Greyhounds defeated UMBC twice last season, a 16-4 victory to open the 2003 campaign and an 18-3 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Greyhound have one the last 19 straight games over the Retrieves in the series that began in 1974.

LAST TIME VS. UMBC
GAME 17 * No. 1 Loyola 18, UMBC 3 * May 8, 2003 * Curley Field
Suzanne Eyler scored four goals, Rachel Shuck added six assists and Loyola scored the game's first 10 goals to take control as the No. 1-seeded Greyhounds routed UMBC, 18-3, in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship at Curley Field Thursday afternoon.

Loyola (16-1), which tied a team record for wins in a season, will host Yale, a 12-7 winner over Syracuse in another of today's first-round game, in Sunday's quarterfinal round. Game time on Sunday at Curley Field will be announced on Friday.

The top-ranked Greyhounds, who had defeated the Retrievers (10-9) by a 16-4 score earlier this season, put this game away early with five goals in the first 14 minutes of the first half, two from Eyler. Shuck had five of her six assists in the first half, the final one coming on a Jen Schuerholz goal with 4:25 left in the half that gave Loyola a 10-0 lead.

UMBC's Lauren Traber finally got the Retrievers on the board with 3:33 left in the first half, but the Greyhounds scored the first three goals of the second half to take a 13-1 lead on Eyler's third goal with 18 minutes left.

Schuerholz had a career-best three goals for Loyola, while Shuck and Talia Shacklock added two goals and Susan Tyrrell had two assists. Loyola outshot UMBC 40-15, including 21-5 in the first half, and had 30 groundballs to just 15 for the Retrievers.

Kate Worthington and Lauren Hess added goals for UMBC, which was making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance as the Northeast Conference (NEC) champion. Goalie Courtney Stringer faced 40 shots and had 13 saves.

Loyola also forced 15 UMBC turnovers, with Eyler forcing four of those. The senior captain's four goals gave her a team-leading 52 for the season.

Tyrrell, Jaclyn Borrone and Christy McNew also scored goals for Loyola. The Greyhounds previously won 16 games in both 2000 and 1994, reaching the national semifinals each time.

GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT
Philadelphia, PA - Loyola had four players with multiple goals to earn a 13-4 victory over Penn Saturday at Franklin Field. It was the Greyhounds season opener, the first game under the direction of head coach Kerri Johnson. The 'Hounds improve to 1-0 on the season will Penn fell to 0-1.

Loyola struck first just three minutes into the contest when junior Talia Shacklock scored the first of two goals on an assist from Rachel Shuck. Junior Stephanie Walker and sophomore Sydney Greene added two unassisted goals in the next five minutes to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage. Penn finally answered with at the 18:22 mark. Lindsey Cassidy scored an unassisted goal to put the Quakers on the board.

But the Greyhounds didn't let Penn celebrate long, extending their lead over the next eight minutes scoring four goals including two from Greene. Shacklock added her second goal of the day and senior Jen Schuerholz scored her first in the Loyola run for a 7-1 score. Caroline Finger got Penn on the board for the second time, tallying her goal with 1:50 remaining in the first half. Shuck gave the Greyhounds an 8-2 lead when she scored with three seconds remaining on the clock before halftime.

The second stanza remained scoreless until 22:03 left, when Walker found the back of the net for the second time. Jaclyn Borrone added her first goal of her senior season five minutes later and was followed by Greene's fourth gal of the day, assisted by Walker, for an 11-2 Loyola advantage. Penn scored their third goal with 11:00 remaining when Kate Spofford scored on a pass from sophomore Ali Ryan. Schuerholz answered back with her second goal, assisted by Shuck. The Quakers would add one more tally from Allie Juras with just over six minutes left in the game but Walker ended the game on a high note for Loyola with her unassisted goal with 43 seconds remaining in the game.

Greene led for Loyola with four goals, followed by Walker with three and Shuck with a goal and three assists. Shacklock and Schuerholz each added two goals while Borrone had one.Loyola's remain strong as a unit, causing 21 turnovers, winning 14 draw controls and scooping up 26 groundballs.

Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus split time in the net for Loyola, making five and 7 saves, respectively. Liz Lorelli saved Loyola shots 17 shots.

BALANCED ATTACK
Against Penn, Loyola had a balanced attack defeating the Quakers, 13-4. Sophomore Sydney Greene scored four goals, junior Stephanie Walker added three and an assist, Rachel Shuck scored a goal and added three assists, both Talia Shacklock and Jen Schuerholz scored two goals while Jaclyn Borrone added one and Kate McHarg recorded an assist.