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Women's Lacrosse Hosts Local Rival Towson Sunday

March 20, 2004

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ABOUT TODAY'S GAME
Sunday the No. 6 Loyola squad faces local rival Towson, 5-1. The last time the two teams met, the Greyhounds pulled out a close 9-8 victory at Towson Stadium.

THE SERIES
Today's game is the 32nd meeting between Loyola and Towson since the Greyhounds women's program began in 1973. Towson swept the first five meetings but since then have only won twice, in 1981 and 1982. The Greyhounds have won the last 21 straight meetings by a total score of 307-149.

GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola women's lacrosse team overcame a 6-4 halftime score with seven straight goals in second half for a 12-7 win over No. 13 Boston Friday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The No. 6 Greyhounds improve to 6-1 with the win while the Terriers fall to 2-1.

Boston's Alyssa Trudel opened scoring Friday with her unassisted goal just under two minutes into the contest. Loyola's Jaclyn Borrone answered back for Loyola when she broke away from her defender and went straight at the cage for a 1-1 score. Rachel Shuck got the Greyhounds up 2-1 with her unassisted goal 4:23 into the game. Sydney Greene went coast to coast with her goal at 10:54, beating everyone down the field and taking the goalie one-on-one for a 3-1 LC advantage. Kate McHarg finished off the Greyhound run with a goal off a pass from Shuck at 11:34 into the game for the 4-1 Loyola score.

Boston then went on a five goal run over the next 15 minutes to take a 6-4 halftime lead. Trudel had three of the five while Angie Martin had two. Three of Boston's goals in that run came off free-position attempts.

The second half was a different story, Loyola went on a seven goal run and stifled the Terriers offense. Borrone started the run with a free-position goal 33:45 into the game. Greene got her second goal of the day and tied the score at six 35:43 into the contest. Talia Shacklock put Loyola up 7-6 when she curled around from behind the net and beat the goalie one-on-one. Shuck ran virtually the same play the next time down for an 8-6 score 44:31 into the game. Shuck's goal would be the eventual game winner. The Greyhounds scored their last three goals of the run off free-positions; two by Stephanie Walker and one from Shacklock.

BU's Lindsay Lewis finally got the Terriers on the board in the second half with her goal with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Senior defender Tara Singleton scored the final goal of the game when she went from end to end with just 28 seconds remaining in the game.

Loyola's keeper's Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus combined for 13 saves; five by Lawton and eight for Nicolaus. Boston's Anne Sheridan made six stops in goal.

LAST TIME VS. TOWSON
TOWSON, MD - Senior Suzanne Eyler netted four goals in a row during the first half and had one assist in the second, to lead #1 Loyola College (4-0) to a close 9-8 win over Towson University (3-2, 1-1) under the lights at Towson Stadium on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Greyhounds lead the all-time series by a 23-7 margin and have won the last 21 games in a row.

Loyola opened the scoring quickly in the first half as junior Jaclyn Borrone scored off a pass from junior Rachel Shuck just 19 seconds into the game. Towson's sophomore Martha Dwyer responded for the Tigers as she put a pass from junior Abby Giancola into the back of the net. Giancola then scored unassisted for Towson and gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead, the only lead of the game for the Tigers. At 24:06 into the first half, Eyler went on a scoring frenzy and scored four goals in a row to push the Greyhounds ahead, 5-2. With 11:38 remaining in the half, Dwyer scored her second goal of the day and pulled the Tigers to 5-3. Loyola received unassisted goals from Shuck and sophomore Stephanie Walker, while freshman Becky Trumbo and Giancola each scored goals for the Tigers, to enter the break with Loyola leading, 7-5.

Much like the first half, the Greyhounds opened the second half scoring quickly as junior Kourtney Porcella scored off a pass from Walker only 21 seconds into the second half. Just over a minute later, Walker followed suit and scored for Loyola off of an assist from Eyler, extending the Greyhound lead to 9-5. Junior Stephanie Howell then pulled Towson to within 9-7 as she recorded two back-to-back goals. With 1:14 remaining in regulation, freshman Kelly Fitzgerald took a pass from Dwyer and scored for Towson, making it a one-goal game.

Junior goalkeeper Jessica O'Connell stopped eight shots for Towson, while junior Kim Lawton and freshman Cindy Nicolaus split time in goal for Loyola, with two and one saves, respectively.

SCOUTING REPORT - THE TIGERS
Towson is currently 5-1 with wins over George Washington, American, Albany, Connecticut and UMBC and a loss to Johns Hopkins. The Tigers are led in scoring by Shannon Witzel with 18 goals and six assists on the season. She is followed closely by Amy Middleton with 12 goals and two assists and Becky Trumbo with 11 goals and two assists.

FAMILIAR FACES
The Tigers will also have two familiar faces to Greyhound fans. Towson assistant Suzanne Eyler was a member of the Loyola team from 1998-2003 and fellow assistant Tom Ryan was a volunteer assistant for Loyola for several years.

EVEN STEVEN
Against Boston, Loyola had five players with two goals each. Rachel Shuck, Sydney Greene, Jaclyn Borrone, Talia Shacklock and Stephanie Walker all tallied two goals in the win. Shuck also added an assist to be the games leading scorer. Kate McHarg and Tara Singleton each scored one goal.