Women's Lacrosse Hosts Princeton Sunday

March 6, 2004

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`The Greyhounds, 3-0, play host to 1-0 Princeton University in their first home game of the season.

Prior to today's game Loyola College will rename Curley Field in honor of former head coach and mentor Diane Geppi-Aikens. Geppi-Aikens coached Loyola for 14 years and finished with an impressive career record of 197-71 (.735).

Loyola holds a 3-2 advantage in the series with Princeton that begain in the 200 season. The Greyhounds won that first meeting 6-5 and the next in 2--1, 13-9. The Tigers defeated Loyola for the first time, 10-6 in 2002. The two teams played twice last season with Loyola upsetting Princeton 9-8 in triple overtime. The Tigers ended the Greyhounds season with a 5-3 defeat in the Final Four.

CHAPEL HILL - Stephanie Walker had two goals and one assist as fourth-ranked Loyola defeated No. 13 North Carolina, 9-5, in college women's lacrosse action on Friday afternoon from Henry Stadium. The Greyhounds (3-0) raced out to a 6-0 lead and held off a second-half rally by the Tar Heels (2-1) to earn the victory.

Loyola jumped out to a quick start, grabbing a 6-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game. Shuck scored two of those goals for the Greyhounds. The Tar Heels responded with goals by Ames and Jess Allen to cut the lead to 6-2 with 13:29 left in the first period. Neither team scored after that point in the first half.

In the second half, the Greyhounds scored two goals in the first five minutes to boost their lead back to six goals at 8-2. Renzi and McCarthy then scored to give the Tar Heels a glimmer of hope at 8-4, but Shacklock responded with a goal to put Loyola back up 9-4 and end the UNC momentum. Ames scored a late goal for the Tar Heels.

Walker, Talia Shacklock and Rachel Shuck each had two goals for Loyola. Beth Ames led Carolina with two goals while three other Tar Heels had single goal games.

Kim Lawton played very well in goal for Loyola, recording 17 saves and holding the Tar Heels to just 2 of 11 on free position shots.

Loyola enjoyed an 11-5 edge in draw controls in the game.