April 30, 2004
ABOUT TODAY'S GAME
Saturday's game is bound to be a thriller between the No 3 Greyhounds and No. 4 Maryland Terrapins. The contest is a part of a double header action with the men's squad. The men will take on Yale at 12:00 with the women set to face of at 3:00.
The Greyhounds are 3-23 in the all-time series with the Terrapins. Last season, Loyola staged a beautiful come from behind victory over Maryland at Ludwig Field, 9-8, en route to a #1 seed in the national tournament and a school record 17-2 season.
GREYHOUNDS LAST TIME OUT
PALO ALTO, CA - The No. 5 Loyola College Greyhounds stifled No. 20 Stanford, allowing only one goal in the first 45 minutes of play, in a 16-8 victory on Mallohney Field Saturday. The game wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated with Loyola holding a 14-1 advantage with just over 15 minutes remaining to play in the game. The Greyhounds improve to 13-2 while the Cardinal fell to 8-7.
Loyola came out firing on all cylinders with a six goal run to start the game. Rachel Shuck nabbed the first tally at 6:36 when Jaclyn Borrone hit her waiting right in the right hand corner of the cage. Loyola had six different goal scorers in that run with Shuck, Jen Schuerholz, Kate McHarg, Talia Shacklock, Borrone and Katie Guarino scoring. Leading scorer Sydney Greene assisted on three of the six goals.
Stanford finally got on the board 19:06 into the contest with Megan Burker's unassisted goal. The Greyhounds continued to dominate however scoring two more goals in the first half, one from Stephanie Walker and a second from Shuck, for an 8-1 halftime lead. Loyola continued their run for the first 15 minutes of the second half, scoring six more goals for a 14-1 lead. Schuerholz had two unassisted goals in the top of the second half while Shacklock, Shuck, Kourtney Porcella and Sarah Boggs also added tallies. It was the first career goal for the sophomore Boggs.
The Cardinal then went on a three goal spurt of their own, all three goals as a result of free-positions awarded to Stanford for a 14-4 score. Katherine Sachs put a stop to the Cardinal's run with her goal from Chrissy Nicolaus at 53:17. The Cardinal would get three more goals, another one from a free-position, with 1:37 remaining on the clock for a 15-7 score.
McHarg stopped that Stanford run with her second goal with just under a minute left to play. The Cardinal would make it a 16-8 score with Claire Calzonetti's second goal with just 39 seconds remaining.
Saturday's game was the highest scoring game so far this season for the Greyhounds as well as the most goal scorers with 10. Greene led Loyola in overall scoring with four assists while Schuerholz and Shuck led in goals with three each. Chrissy Nicolaus had her first two career-points with two assists. Calzonetti led the Cardinal with two goals and an assist.
In goal, senior starter Kim Lawton held Stanford to just one goal and had eight saves in the first half. Cindy Nicolaus stopped seven Stanford shots in the second. The Cardinal's keepers combined for just five saves on 26 Greyhound shots.
LAST TIME VS. Maryland
GAME 16 * No. 1 Loyola 9, No. 2 Maryland 8 * May 3, 2003 * Ludwig Field
Suzanne Eyler scored her fourth goal of the game with 26 seconds remaining on the clock for a thrilling 9-8 victory for No. 1 Loyola over No. 2 Maryland at Ludwig Field Saturday afternoon. It was the final regular season game for both teams, Loyola finishes at 15-1 while the Terps fall to 16-3.
Loyola was down 8-5 at with 20 minutes remaining on the clock but Eyler took charge, scoring three of the final four goals for the Greyhounds to earn the third victory over Maryland in the history of the Loyola women's lacrosse program.
Loyola took charge in the early going, scoring the game's first three goals while goalkeeper Kim Lawton held the Terrapins at bay. Susan Tyrrell converted a free position shot at 1:58 followed by Eyler's first goal at 4:23. Talia Shacklock added the third goal for Loyola when she picked up the groundball from Stephanie Walker's initial shot and found the back of the net at 7:12.
Delia Cox got things started for the Terps, however, when she scored on an eight meter at the 7:47 mark. Less than five minutes later, Kelly Coppedge redirected what looked like an errant Kristie Leggio shot to cut the margin to one before Cox scored on another free position shot just over a minute later.
Coppedge would give the Terps their first lead of the day after scoring on a feed from senior Sonia Judd before Loyola's Jaclyn Borrone evened out the score at five by converting the Greyhounds second free position shot. But Judd would give the Terrapins the lead at the half with her free position goal with just three seconds remaining on the clock.
Coppedge gave Maryland a two goal advantage just 36 seconds into the second half with her goal but Walker responded for the Greyhounds just 10 seconds later for a 6-5 score. Maryland would score two more goals in the next ten minutes while holding Loyola scoreless for a 8-6 advantage.
But that's when Eyler took over, with two unassisted goals as well a free position goal for Loyola. Jen Schuerholz also scored on a free position for the Greyhounds. Loyola converted four of five of their free positions in the win.
Lawton made six saves in the first half for Loyola while freshman Cindy Nicholaus made five saves and picked up three groundballs in the second.
The Terrapins' last gasp came on the ensuing draw as Cox came away with the ball and found a racing Coppedge as time ticked away. Coppedge tried to get the ball to Leggio who was closing in on the goal with around :07 left, but the ball would get away from her and into the hands of Loyola's Tara Singleton for the final seconds of the game.
SCOUTING REPORT: THE TERRAPINS
The Terrapins moved from second to fourth in the IWLCA poll with a 9-7 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament. The Cavaliers went on to capture the ACC title with a win over Duke. Since the ACC tournament, the Terps took on No. 1 Pirnceton Wed. falling 8-7 in overtime. Delia Cox had six of Maryland's seven goals against the Tigers.
Senior Kelly Coppedge leads the team in scoring with 56 goals and 22 assists for 78 points. Cox is second with 39 goals and five assists.
Maryland ranks in several NCAA statistics. The Terrapins are first in scoring offense, second in ground balls, draw controls and scoring margin, fifth in scoring defense and sixth in win percentage. Coppedge is third in the country in scoring with 5.2 points per game and fifth in goals with 3.73 a game.
SCOUTING REPORT: THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola is currently lead by sophomore Sydney Greene with 36 goals and 12 assists. Just behind her is senior Rachel Shuck with 15 goals and 29 assists. Stephanie Walker is the next Loyola player at the 30 point mark with 26 goals and five assists. Rounding out 20 points players are Talia Shacklock, Jaclyn Borrone and Jen Schuerholz.
AROUND THE COUNTRY
Loyola ranks among the nations leaders in several statistics as of April 25. The Greyhounds are third in win percentage, ninth in scoring defense, 13th in groundballs per game and 14th in scoring margin. Individually, starting goalie Kim Lawton ranks third in goals against average and fifth in save percentage. Second-half keeper Cindy Nicolaus is first in the nation in save percentage and 14th in goals against average. Rachel Shuck is fifth in assists per game and Tara Singleton is ninth in caused turnovers.
Against Virginia, Rachel Shuck tallied two assists becoming Loyola's all-time assist leader with 81 at the time. Shuck broke Rita Ciletti's record of 79 from 1983-86 in less than three seasons of play.
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.