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Women's Lacrosse Visits Virginia

April 14, 2004

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ABOUT TONIGHT'S GAME
The Greyhounds come into Saturday's game looking for their 13th win of the season. Also, senior Rachel Shuck will look to break the career record in assists. Shuck is currently tied with Rita Ciletti at 79 in her career.

THE SERIES

The Cavaliers hold a 6-17-1 advantage over the Greyhounds in a series that began in 1981. Virginia is one of only two teams who hold Loyola to a losing record in over 10 games played. Maryland holds an advantage of 3-23. Just a few other teams have winning records over the Greyhounds with less than 10 games, Bridgewater (0-1), Cortland State (0-1), Dartmouth (1-3), Frostburg State (1-3), Lock Haven (0-1), New Hampshire (0-2). Besides the Dartmouth series, all of those games were played prior to 1985.

GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT

BALTIMORE, MD - Rachel Shuck tied the Loyola school record for assists in a career by leading the No. 5 Greyhounds to a 10-8 victory over No. 4 Duke Friday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Loyola improved to 12-1 while the Blue Devils fall to 7-4.

Shuck had three assists against the Blue Devils for a total of 79 career assists to tie Rita Ciletti's record from 1983-86. Shuck had tallied 52 goals in her first two seasons of eligibility and 27 so far this season.

"It's fantastic to see a player tie a record like that and in the amount of time Rachel has done it is outstanding," head coach Kerri Johnson said.

The Greyhounds started off scoring when Shuck hit sophomore Sydney Greene at the eight-meter 3:31 into the contest. Duke then went on a three goal run for a 3-1 lead 14:40 into the contest. Kristen Waagbo had two goals while Leigh Jester had one in the Blue Devils run. Jen Schuerholz pulled Loyola within one at 22:22 with her unassisted goal. Shuck evened out the score at 3-3 less than 40 seconds later when Greene passed off her free-position shot to Shuck who was sitting right in front of the cage. Kourtney Porcella gave the Greyhounds a 4-3 halftime lead after Loyola made a defensive play and Porcella went coast to coast beating her defender to the cage 25:53 into the game.

Duke's Katie Chrest went on to tie things up at four with an unassisted goal just over a minute into the second half. Stephanie Walker then scored back to back goals for the Greyhounds, with one at 33:03 and another at 36:34 for the lead, 6-4. The Blue Devils took their second lead of the game, 7-6, by scoring three consecutive goals in a two minute span. Loyola did not falter however, scoring four straight goals for a 10-7 margin. Shuck assisted on the first two, one by Kristi Korrow and the other from Greene to tie the school record. Jaclyn Borrone added a free-position at 49:45 and the eventual game-winner. Schuerholz added the finally tally for the Greyhounds for a 10-7 score. Meghan Walters did her best to give Duke some momentum with a goal at 56:50 but the Loyola did their best to hold the ball for the remaining three minutes to seal the win at 10-8.

Shuck led the game with a goal and three assists while Greene added two goals and an assists. Schuerholz and Walker both had two goals.

Waagbo led Duke with two goals and an assist while Chrest had two goals as well.

The Loyola goal keepers stopped seven shots in goal Friday. Starter Kim Lawton made two in the first half and Cindy Nicolaus stopped five in the second. Duke's Megan Huether made 11 saves in the cage.

LAST TIME VS. VIRGINIA

GAME 15 * No. 3 Virginia 10, No. 1 Loyola 9 * April 29, 2003 * Curley FieldCary Chasney scored from close range past Loyola goalie Cindy Nicolaus with five seconds remaining in the game, capping an improbable three-goal comeback and lifting No. 3 Virginia to a 10-9 victory over top-ranked Loyola in a women's lacrosse game played before 1,234 at Curley Field Tuesday afternoon.

The Cavaliers (14-4) trailed 9-7 with under two minutes left on the clock but forced a Greyhound turnover and cut the Loyola lead to 9-8 on Lauren Aumiller's goal with 1:08 remaining. Then, after Virginia controlled the ensuing draw, Aumiller tied the game with 47 seconds on the clock by shoving the ball past Nicolaus while on her knees in front of the goal.

Virginia then won the final draw and set up the game-winning score, which saw Chasney catch a pass just outside the crease and shoot quickly to cap a three-goal, 1:08 Cavalier run.Loyola (14-1), which hadn't lost a game since last May, led 5-3 at halftime and 9-6 when Suzanne Eyler scored her third goal of the game with 6:24 left in the second half. But Amy Appelt scored for Virginia just 40 seconds after Eyler's goal, setting up her team's stunning late-game run.

The Greyhounds, who fell to Virginia for the fourth straight year, scored four straight goals midway through the first half to turn an early 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead on Talia Shacklock's goal with 4:18 left in the half. Appelt scored for Virginia with 11:59 left to cut the Greyhound lead to 7-6, but Shacklock and Eyler then scored in a 1:42 span to put Loyola back ahead by three.

Andrea Pfeiffer had nine saves for the Cavaliers, who have won five of their last six games. Appelt scored a game-high four goals for Virginia, while Chasney had three goals and Aumiller two. Caitlin Banks had Virginia's other goal, midway through the second half.

Shacklock also scored three goals for Loyola, which had 26 groundballs to just 19 for the Cavaliers. Goalies Kim Lawton and Nicolaus combined for eight saves as Virginia outshot the Greyhounds 23-21. Susan Tyrrell, Stephanie Walker and Jen Schuerholz also scored for Loyola.

Four of the last five games in the Virginia-Loyola series have been decided by one-goal margins.

SCOUTING REPORT: THE CAVALIERS

The Cavaliers are currently 10-3 overall. They have posted wins over Vanderbilt, Richmond, Maryland, Penn State, North Carolina, UMBC, William & Mary, Temple, James Madison, Temple and Old Dominion. Their losses came at the hands of Syracuse, Princeton and Duke.

UVA is led by Amy Appelt with 57 goals and 18 assists. Her closest teammate, Tyler Leachman, is at 30 goals and seven assists. Appelt ranks first in the NCAA in goals and second in points. Nikki Lieb leads the team in groundballs with 40 and caused turnovers with 16. Caitlin Banks is the leader on draws with 28.

SCOUTING REPORT: THE GREYHOUNDS

Loyola is currently lead by sophomore Sydney Greene with 33 goals and seven assists. Just behind her is senior Rachel Shuck with 12 goals and 27 assists. Stephanie Walker is the next Loyola player at the 30 point mark with 25 goals and five assists. Rounding out 20 points players are Talia Shacklock, Jen Schuerholz and Jaclyn Borrone.

The Greyhound groundball leader is Kristi Korrow with a total of 43. On the draw Walker leads with 22 and Tara Singleton is on top of caused turnovers with 28.

RECORD BREAKING

With three assists against Duke, Rachel Shuck tied the record for assists in a season. Shuck has a grand total of 79, tying Rita Ciletti's record from 1983-86.