Women's Lacrosse Hosts Vanderbilt in First Round of NCAA Thursday at 3:30

May 12, 2004

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The Greyhounds will meet the Commodores of Vanderbilt for the first time in the history of both programs in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It is Loyola 13th appearance in the Division I tournament. The young Vanderbilt program is making its second trip to the tournament. The Commodores earned the American Lacrosse Conference's first-ever automatic qualifier to earn their bid while the Greyhounds where granted an at large spot as well as the No. 4 seed to guarantee them home field advantage.

The Greyhounds have appeared in 12 NCAA Division I Tournaments since 1983, with 2004 giving Loyola its 13th appearances. Here's a look at Loyola's post-season outings.
1983at Penn.: Penn 9, Loyola 5 (quarterfinals)
1984 at Loyola: Lehigh 11, Loyola 10 (2OT, quarterfinals)
1990 at Virginia: Loyola 13, Virginia 7 (quarterfinals); at Princeton: Maryland 10, Loyola 5 (semifinals)
1994 at Loyola: Loyola 9, Harvard 4 (quarterfinals);at Maryland: Maryland 19, Loyola 4 (semifinals)
1996 at Lehigh: Virginia 9, Loyola 8 (semifinals)
1997 at Loyola: Loyola 11, William & Mary 2 (quarterfinals); at Lehigh: Loyola 10, UNC 8 (semifinals); at Lehigh: Maryland 8, Loyola 7 (finals)
1998 at Loyola: Loyola 18, West Chester 7 (first round); at Dartmouth: Dartmouth 9, Loyola 8 (OT) (quarterfinals)
1999 at Loyola: Dartmouth 20, Loyola 7 (first round)
2000 at Loyola: Loyola 14, Delaware 4 (first round); at UNC: Loyola 7, UNC 5 (quarterfinals); at TCNJ: Maryland 17, Loyola 7 (semifinals)
2001 at Loyola: Loyola 15, William & Mary 7 (first round); at Duke: Loyola, 7, Duke 6 (quarterfinals); at Johns Hopkins: Georgetown 10, Loyola 9 (semifinals)
2002 at Loyola: Maryland 13, Loyola 8 (first round)
2003 at Loyola: Loyola 18, UMBC 3 (first round); at Loyola: Loyola 13, Yale 7 (quarterfinals); at Syracuse: Princeton 5, Loyola 3 (semifinals)
2004 at Loyola: Loyola vs. Vanderbilt (first round)

Baltimore, MD - No. 4 Loyola held onto a 7-4 halftime advantage with a 14-11 win over No. 15 Syracuse Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds finish the regular season at 14-3 while the Orangewomen fall to 9-6. Talia Shacklock and Sydney Greene led the Greyhounds with four goals each.

Syracuse starting things off with a goal by leading scoring Leigh-Ann Zimmer just under three minutes into the game before Loyola answered back with two goals of its own. Stephanie Walker gave the Greyhounds the 1-1 tie with a free position and Shacklock nabbed the 2-1 lead when Rachel Shuck passed the ball from behind the net to an open Shacklock. Syracuse was not deterred however, scoring the next two goals in a span of nearly three minutes for a 3-2 Orangewomen lead. But the Greyhounds then took over, going on a four goal run, started by Shacklock at 16:20. Goals by Jaclyn Borrone, Jen Schuerholz and another by Shacklock followed for the 6-3 score 20 minutes into the game. Shuck assisted one two goals in the run. Monica Joines ended a 16 minute Syracuse scoring drought and Loyola run with her free position goal with 59 seconds remaining in the half. Schuerholz end the half on a high note for the Greyhounds with her unassisted goal with just six seconds remaining in the stanza for a 7-4 Loyola halftime lead.

Zimmer started things off again, bringing the Orangewomen within two, 7-5, just 22 seconds into the second half. Loyola answered back with two quick goals, one from Shuck and the fourth on the day from Shacklock to maintain a 9-5 lead at 35:51. Joines and Zimmer added back to back goals for Syracuse to keep the game within reach 9-7 at 38:41. Loyola's Greene then scored three straight goals in just over three minutes of play, every time becoming wide open and beating SU's keeper for a more comfortable 12-7 Loyola lead with 17:31 remaining in the game. The Orangewomen continued to fight outscoring Loyola 4-2 in the last 10 minutes but they were unable to overcome the 7-4 halftime deficit.

Greene was the overall leading point scorer for Loyola with four goals and an assists while Shacklock tied the team-high four goals. Schuerholz and Walker each added two goals while Shuck and Borrone each had one. Shuck added four assists to make her career total and Loyola school record 86 assists.

Zimmer led Syracuse with five goals and an assists. Joines was next on the list with three.

The Loyola goalkeeper tandem of Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus combined for nine saves (four to Lawton and five to Nicolaus). SU's starting keeper Jennifer Kasel stopped 15 Loyola shots before being relieved by Bethel Steele.

Vanderbilt finished the regular season 10-5 and 5-1 in the American Lacrosse Conference. The Commodores won the conference title, earning them an automatic bid. They have posted wins over Penn State, Stanford, Yale, New Hampshire, Cornell, North Carolina, Davidson, Ohio U., Ohio State and Northwestern while their losses have come at the hands of Virginia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Hofstra and Notre Dame.

Senior Michelle Allen leads Vanderbilt in scoring with 36 goals and 23 assists. She is followed by her classmate Lauren Peck with 37 goals and 12 assists. Senior Jess Roguski is third on the list with 36 goals and nine assists. Allen also leads in caused turnovers (18) and draw controls (38) while junior Kim Gianis leads in groundballs with 29. In goal, Ashley Bastinelli has started in 10 of 15 contests with a 10.12 goals against average and a .424 save percentage. Brooke Shinaberry has appeared in 10 games and earned the remaining five stars with a GAA of 9.07 and a save percentage of .450.

Vanderbilt holds a 6-4 all-time record in matches played in the state of Maryland. Of Vanderbilt's 25-woman roster, more than half (14) call the Old Line State home. The Commodores top seven scorers (seniors Michelle Allen, Lauren Peck, Jess Roguski and Kelly Devlin, junior Meg Spies, sophomore Kate Hickman and freshman Kendall Thrift) all hail from Maryland.

Allen ranks 18th in the country in points per game and 15th in assists per game. Devlin is 12th in asists per game. As a team, the Commodores rank 10th in draw controls, 18th in both scoring offense and win percentage and 20th n scoring margin.

Loyola is currently lead by sophomore Sydney Greene with 42 goals and 13 assists. Just behind her is senior Rachel Shuck with 17 goals and 34 assists. Talia Shacklock is third in scoring with 33 goals and two assists while classmate Stephanie Walker follows in fourht with 28 goals and five assists. Rounding out 20 points players are Jaclyn Borrone and Jen Schuerholz.

The Greyhound groundball leader is Kristi Korrow with a total of51. On the draw Kate McHarg leads with 29 and Tara Singleton is on top of caused turnovers with 35.

In the national statistics, Loyola maintained holds on many of its positions. As a team, the Greyhounds rank fifth in win percentage, 11th in scoring defense, 10th in groundballs per game and 14th in scoring margin. Individually, Rachel Shuck is fourth in assists per game and Tara Singleton is ninth in caused turnovers per game. Goalie tandem of Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus rank in saves percentage (Nicolaus at first and Lawton second) and goals against average (Lawton sixth).