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Women's Lacrosse Plays Host to James Madison

March 24, 2004

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ABOUT FRIDAY'S GAME
Friday's game is the last at home for the Greyhounds in the month of March. Loyola will go on the road for three straight games, visiting William & Mary, George Mason and Penn State before hosting Duke at home on Friday, April 9th. Duke is the only home game in April with the team traveling to UVA and Stanford before closing the regular season at home with Maryland (May 1) and Syracuse (May 8).

THE SERIES
The Greyhounds hold a 19-12 advantage in the series with the Dukes. The two teams first met in 1982. James Madison won the first outing and the squads exchanged victories for the most part over the years until a stretch of seven Loyola wins between 1996-1992. The Greyhounds have also won the last three meetings between the two teams.

GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola College women's lacrosse team fought back from a halftime deficit for the second time in as many games for a 10-7 win over Towson Sunday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Tigers held Loyola 2-1 at the half way mark but the Greyhounds rallied, scoring the nine goals in the second half to earn the win. Loyola improves to 7-1 with the win while Towson fell to 5-2.

Towson opened up the game, scoring two goals in the first two minutes, one by Amy Middleton and the second by Caitlin Marshall, both unassisted for a 2-0 lead. Neither team would score for the next 15 minutes until Talia Shacklock finally got one to go for Loyola 20:13 into the contest. The score would remain 2-1 at the half.

Towson started off the second half as well with Becky Trumbo's goal just over two minutes into the half but Loyola's Sydney Greene scored two goals for Loyola in less than a minute to get the tie, 3-3. Stephanie Walker gave Loyola the lead 36:50 into to game and was followed in the 5-0 Loyola run by Shacklock and Jen Schuerholz. Schuerholz's goal was quickly answered by Towson, just 12 second later for a 6-4 score. Shacklock scored her third goal of the game to put the Greyhounds up 7-4 but the Tigers would again answer immediately. This time it was just eight seconds later by Stephanie Howell for the 7-5 score. Schuerholz tallied her second goal 46:16 into the game with a free position and an 8-5 LC lead. Senior defender Kristi Korrow then scored when she took a shot that was saved by Towson goalie Jessica O'Connell but the ball bounced back out of O'Connell's stick where Korrow quickly scooped it up and shot again, this time meeting the back of the net. Schuerholz scored the final Loyola goal at 57:39, her third off another free position for a 10-5 Loyola lead. Towson didn't let up, again scoring quickly off the draw, just 13 seconds later by Middleton for a 10-6 score. Towson's leading scorer Shannon Witzel tallied the final goal at 58:19 but the Greyhounds would not let the score get any closer for the 10-7 final.

Shacklock and Schuerholz led Loyola with three goals each while Greene had two. Towson's Marshall and Middleton each had two.

Loyola stopped seven shots with four saves credited to starter Kim Lawton and three to Cindy Nicolaus. O'Connell stopped 15 Loyola attempts for Towson.

The Greyhounds held an 11-8 advantage on the draw control and 31-14 on groundballs.

LAST TIME VS. JAMES MADISON
Game 8 * No. 1 Loyola 15, James Madison 3 * March 29, 2003 * JMU Stadium
The Loyola College women's lacrosse team took an 5-0 lead less than 10 minutes into play to remain undefeated with a 15-3 finals score over James Madison University Friday night. The Greyhounds remain undefeated at 8-0 on the season.

Freshman Sydney Greene opened scoring 3:23 into the game after Kourtney Porcella won the initial draw control and Greene beat her defender and was left wide open in front of the goal. Stephanie Walker added a second goal for Loyola at 6:46 when she took a feed from Porcella from the low right side of the circle and dished the ball right past JMU's Amy Altig. Suzanne Eyler scored two goals in the next minute of play, one from Susan Tyrrell, to put the Greyhounds up 4-0. Talia Shacklock added another for Loyola at 9:51 with a soft, easy shot from Eyler.

Lisa Stadet scored James Madison's only first half goal, unassisted at 12:42. Stadet finished with all three Dukes goals with Jessica Brownridge assisting on the second.Rachel Shuck and Greene finished out the half for Loyola. Shuck added an unassisted goal at 22:32 and assisted on Greene's goals at 23:39 and 25:45.

Eyler opened the second half when she intercepted a Dukes pass and beat the goalie one on one at 33:28. Stadet answered back with two JMU goals at 37:46 and 40:51 for a 9-3 score. The Greyhounds finished the contest with a six goal run for a 15-3 final score.Greene lead the no. 1 Greyhounds with five goals on the night, followed by Eyler's four goals and two assists. Shacklock finished with two goals and Walker, Shuck, Kristi Korrow and Christy McNew all scored one. Shuck had two assists and Tyrrell, Porcella and Korrow were all credited with one.

LC goalies made 11 saves, Kim Lawton was credited with six in the first half and freshman Cindy Nicolaus made five in the second. Loyola's defense was a huge part of the win, making 15 caused turnovers and picking up 42 groundballs to JMU's 23.

SCOUTING REPORT - THE DUKES
JMU is led in scoring by Baltimore native Gail Decker with 21 goals and 13 assists. She is followed by Jessica Brownridge with 14 goals and four assists and Catonsville native Monica Buck with 10 goals and two assists.

SHUCK LEADING IN SCORING AGAIN
Loyola continues to be led by senior Rachel Shuck with nine goals and 19 assists to her credit. She is followed by Talia Shacklock (17 goals), Sydney Greene (16 goals and one assist) and Stephanie Walker (14 goals and three assists).

COMING FROM BEHIND
In Loyola's last two contests, the Greyhounds came back from halftime deficits and outscored their opponents 17-6 in the second half.