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Women's Lacrosse Tops Penn in Season Opener, 13-4
Feb. 28, 2004
Philadelphia, PA - Loyola had four players with multiple goals to earn a 13-4 victory over Penn Saturday at Franklin Field. It was the Greyhounds season opener, the first game under the direction of head coach Kerri Johnson. The 'Hounds improve to 1-0 on the season will Penn fell to 0-1.
Loyola struck first just three minutes into the contest when junior Talia Shacklock scored the first of two goals on an assist from Rachel Shuck. Junior Stephanie Walker and sophomore Sydney Greene added two unassisted goals in the next five minutes to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage. Penn finally answered with at the 18:22 mark. Lindsey Cassidy scored an unassisted goal to put the Quakers on the board.
But the Greyhounds didn't let Penn celebrate long, extending their lead over the next eight minutes scoring four goals including two from Greene. Shacklock added her second goal of the day and senior Jen Schuerholz scored her first in the Loyola run for a 7-1 score. Caroline Finger got Penn on the board for the second time, tallying her goal with 1:50 remaining in the first half. Shuck gave the Greyhounds an 8-2 lead when she scored with three seconds remaining on the clock before halftime.
The second stanza remained scoreless until 22:03 left, when Stephanie Walker found the back of the net for the second time. Jaclyn Borrone added her first goal of her senior season five minutes later and was followed by Greene's fourth gal of the day, assisted by Walker, for an 11-2 Loyola advantage. Penn scored their third goal with 11:00 remaining when Kate Spofford scored on a pass from sophomore Ali Ryan. Schuerholz answered back with her second goal, assisted by Shuck. The Quakers would add one more tally from Allie Juras with just over six minutes left in the game but Walker ended the game on a high note for Loyola with her unassisted goal with 43 seconds remaining in the game.
Greene led for Loyola with four goals, followed by Walker with three and Shuck with a goal and three assists. Shacklock and Schuerholz each added two goals while Borrone had one.
Loyola's remain strong as a unit, causing 21 turnovers, winning 14 draw controls and scooping up 26 groundballs.
The Greyhounds will travel to face local-opponent UMBC on Tuesday, March 2. Game time is set for 4:00.