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Women's Lacrosse Visits the Nittany Lions

April 2, 2004

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ABOUT TODAY'S GAME
The No. 4 Greyhounds face the No. 18 Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday afternoon. It is the third game in a three game road stretch for Loyola. Head coach Kerri Johnson's squad is 10-1 and will return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field to face Duke next week.

THE SERIES
Loyola holds a 10-8 advantage over Penn State in a series that began in 1986. The Nittany Lions won the first four meetings until 1990 when the Greyhounds efeated PSU for the first time 6-5 in double overtime. Penn State went on to win the next three contest before Loyola won again in 1994 and went on to win the next seven straight. The most recent Penn State victory over the Greyhounds was in 20002 by a score of 10-9 while Loyola was victorious in 2003 by a score of 15-14.

GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT
FAIRFAX, VA- Fourth-ranked Loyola out scored No. 20 George Mason 8-2 in the second period, breaking an 8-8 tie at halftime, as the Greyhounds topped the Patriots 16-10 in women's lacrosse action Wednesday evening on a rain-soaked field at George Mason Stadium. Loyola improves to 10-1 overall, while George Mason drops to 2-3.

The Greyhounds jumped out on top 3-0 in the first eight minutes of the contest on goals from Jen Schuerholz, Talia Shacklock and Sydney Greene. Loyola then extended the advantage to 6-2 after Kourtney Porcella's marker at 14:39. The Patriots' Sarah Bryant and Lisa Hagan netted back-to-back scores, but Loyola's Katie Guarino's free position shot kept the Greyhounds in the lead, 7-4, with 8:35 remaining in the frame. The Patriots continued to fight as Melissa Venturi and Kristy Manas combined for three tallies in a one minute, 15 second span that tied the game at 7-all. The two teams traded markers to end the half even at 8-8.

The second stanza was much different as the Greyhounds connected on eight of the first nine goals in the period, including six-in-a-row at one point, to stake a 16-9 margin with nine minutes left to play. Shacklock, Greene and Stephanie Walker combined for all eight of the Greyhounds second half markers.

Loyola's Greene led all scorers with five goals, four of which came in the second half, and one assist. This was Greene's third consecutive game as Loyola's leading scorer. She got help from Shacklock and Walker who each netted four goals. Four George Mason players each posted two scores, including Hagan, Bryant, Manas and Venturi. Hagan also added two assists.

Loyola goalie Kim Lawton allowed eight goals and made five saves in the first half, while reserve keeper Cindy Nicolaus stopped seven second half shots, including several free position attempts, and allowed only two goals. George Mason's Meg Dentler stopped 11 shots.

The Greyhounds out shot the Patriots, 33-27, and held a 17-11 advantage on draw controls.

LAST TIME VS. PENN STATE
No. 2 Loyola 15, Penn State 14 * April 5, 2003 * Curley Field
The Loyola College women's lacrosse team came out on top of an offensive battle Saturday, 15-14, against Penn State at Curley Field. The Greyhounds remain undefeated at 10-0 while the Nittany Lions fall to 5-5.

Loyola started off the game with two quick goals for a 2-0 lead. Talia Shacklock scored in a scramble for the goal, off a feed from Susan Tyrrell, at 1:19 and was followed by a clean, straight shot into the goal from Rachel Shuck at 2:03.

Shari Maslin answered back for Penn State less that 30 seconds later with her unassisted goal before the Greyhounds would add two more for a 4-1 cushion. Stephanie Walker scored on a free position shot at 8:43 and senior Suzanne Eyler added her first of four goals at 9:52.

The Nittany Lions nabbed one more goal by Katie Jeschke before Shuck and Eyler each scored again for a 6-2 lead at 16:32. Penn State scored three more goals over a three minute span to catch up 6-5 with just nine minutes to play in the first half.

Both offenses continued to work in those nine minutes, each scoring four goals for a 10-9 halftime score. Three of Penn State's four goals were from free position shots.

Kristen Burke tied the game at 10 at 32:46 on a feed from Jeschke before Shacklock and Walker each added unassisted goals for the Greyhounds for a 12-10 lead. PSU came within one again with a goal 41:25 before Loyola exploded with three goals in just over a minute of play. Jen Schuerholz started the explosion at 43:31, twenty seconds later Shacklock added her fourth goal and Jaclyn Borrone got on the board 1:10 after Schuerholz for a comfortable 15-11 lead.

But the Nittany Lions would not go quietly. Burke scored the next two goals and Jeschke added another to get within one of the 'Hounds but the Loyola defense stepped up and protected the goal, blocking several shots and causing several turnovers for the win. The Greyhounds stalled for the last three minutes of play, holding onto possession of the ball for the win.

Both teams committed 11 turnovers on the day, but Loyola was credited with nine caused turnovers to PSU's six. The Greyhounds also won the battle in groundballs 29-19 and was able to convert several of those into goals.

Goalies Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus each made three saves for a total of six while Lee Tortorelli stopped eight shots for Penn State.

Eyler, Shuck and Shacklock led the Greyhounds in scoring, Eyler and Shacklock with four goals and Shuck with two goals and two assists. Walker added three goals while Schuerholz Borrone each had one. Sydney Greene and Tyrrell were also credited with assists.

For Penn State, Colleen O'Hara was the lead with four goals and two assists while Jeschke added three goals and two assists as well. Burke had three goals, Maslin scored two and added an assist, and Lauren Brian and Jamie Donahue each scored one goal.

SCOUTING REPORT: THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State is currently 2-5 with wins over Davidson (19-2) and Temple 8-5 and losses to Vanderbilt (16-12), James Madison (16-8), Virginia (10-9), William & Mary (12-11), Princeton (13-7) and North Carolina (13-4).

The Nittany Lions are led by Lori Havrilla with 21 goals and five assists. She is followed by Emily Chambers (12 goals and five assists) and Shari Maslin (eight goals and eight assists).

SCOUTING REPORT: THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola is currently lead by sophomore Sydney Greene and senior Rachel Shuck. The two both have a total of 33 points. Greene has scored 29 goals and added four assists while Shuck has tallied 10 goals and 23 assists. Stephanie Walker is next on the list with 22 goals and four assists while Talia Shacklock rounds out the top scorers with 22 goals and an assist.

GREENE ON TOP AGAIN AGAINST GEORGE MASON
Sydney Greene broke out of her four goal rut against George Mason, leading her team for the third consecutive outing with five goals and an assist. Greene got help from Loyola's Stephanie Walker and Talia Shacklock who each added five goals.