March 4, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The No. 9 Greyhounds host No. 8 UNC Friday afternoon at Geppi-Aikens Field. Loyola is playing in just its second game of the season while the contest will be the fourth for the 2-1 Tarheels.
The series between these two teams is tight with Loyola holding a 5-4 advantage. The Greyhounds have won the last three games in the series including a 9-5 win on the road last season.
North Carolina is currently 2-1 after loosing their season opener to No. 3 Northwestern, 6-5. The Tarheels defeated Temple, 10-6 and George Mason 10-3 prior to travelling to Baltimore. UNC is led in scoring by Allison Higgins with three goals and four assists. She is followed closely by Christina Juras and Stephanie Scurachio with six points each.
Loyola won its home opener over local rival UMBC, 20-8 this week. Sydney Greene led the Greyhounds in that outing with five goals while Kate McHarg and Rachel Shuck also added five points each. McHarg scored four goals and tallied an assist while Shuck dished out four assists and scored one goal. Also scoring for Loyola was freshmen Maura Kenny and Kate Filippelli with their first two collegiate gooals each. Both also added assists. Junior Sarah Boggs and senior Katie Guarino each scored their first goals of 2005. Freshmen Courtney Arnold and Katie McHugh also added their first collegiate marks.
North Carolina has 19 players from the state of Maryland while 15 of them are from the Baltimore area.
There will be several familiar faces for some of the Greyhounds on the field in both contests. For Carolina, Melissa McCarthy and Stephanie Scurachio are former high school teammates of Laura Carper and Chrissy and Cindy Nicolaus. Tarheels Nicki Barnes-Wagner and Lindsey Stover played at Severna Park with Loyola's Kim Lawton, Cari West, Bridget Zingler and Alicyn Brunnett. Loyola freshman Emily Lawrence and UNC's Kristen Hordy played together at Northport in New York and sophomore Colleen Brown and Tarheel Julia Ryan were teammates at St. Anthony's on Long Island.