March 9, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Sunday the Loyola women's lacrosse team hosts Rutgers in its first ever BIG EAST conference contest. The Greyhounds are looking to post a win in their first conference match-up against the Scarlet Knights and snap a two-game skid.
Rutgers and Loyola have never met in a women's lacrosse match-up.
BIG EAST OPENER
Sunday's game is the first BIG EAST contest of the season for both Rutgers and Loyola and is the first for the Greyhounds in history. It will be the second contest between BIG EAST teams this season with Georgetown and Syracuse facing each other on Saturday.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers has played in three games to date this season, posting a 2-1 record in those outings. The Scarlet Knights have posted wins over Delaware (9-8) and Hofstra (9-7) most recently while their loss came from the season-opener versus Northwestern (18-3).
Katie Batiuk leads the team in scoring with seven goals in three games. Kate Shomo has scored five goals while Kathryn Lawrence has posted three and a team-high three assists. Batiuk also leads the Scarlet Knights on the draw with eight so far this season. Michelle Poole has a team-high nine groundballs while Anne Marchitello has four caused turnovers. Sandra Abel has played a majority of Rutgers minutes in goal posting an 11.57 goals against average and a 51.5% saves percentage.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola continues to be led in scoring by junior Kate McHarg. McHarg has 15 goals and two assists to her credit this season to lead her team in scoring. Fellow Aussie Talia Shacklock is second in scoring with seven goals and one assist. Maura Kenny added four goals while Sydney Greene has scored three and added two assists. Stephanie Walker has also scored three goals this season. Shacklock leads in groundballs with 12 but is closely followed by Walker with 11 and McHarg, Kenny and Kristin McKay with 10. Shacklock also leads in draw controls with 13 this season. Defensive midfielder Liz Peregoy has a team-high eight caused turnovers. Freshman Alex Piraino has played the last two games in goal for Loyola with a 12.00 goals against average and a 38.5% saves percentage.