Loyola women, Disney halt Penn State in OT, 7-6

March 16, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Loyola's Robyn Disney spoiled her friend Michele DeJuliis' homecoming yesterday with a fine defensive performance to help No. 6 Loyola edge No. 8 Penn State, 7-6, in overtime at Curley Field.

Mandy Lewis scored the game-winner on an assist from Michelle Meyer, but the key matchup was between sophomores Disney and DeJuliis, former Loch Raven teammates.

DeJuliis, the first freshman to lead Penn State in points in 14 years with 30 goals and 12 assists, managed just one goal against Disney, who was starting for the first time.

"I was looking forward to playing her," said Disney. "I felt comfortable just because I knew her style. Our coach used to match us up in high school, and we'd just go at it. We were so competitive when we played in practices."

DeJuliis said all those years of practicing against each other gave Disney a big edge. "She knows how to play me. On transition, Robyn kept up with me really well. She was right on me and it was hard to get the ball away."

The one goal DeJuliis did score came late in the second half of a game full of season-opening jitters for the Greyhounds (1-0). Her goal with 9:28 to go tied the game at 5-5.

DeJuliis won the next draw but the Lions (0-2) could not convert. Erica Attonito scored to give the Greyhounds the lead with 2:20 left.

The Greyhounds tried to stall out the clock, but they turned it over going to keeper Erika Schaub (10 saves) behind the goal. Penn State All-American Jill Pearsall scooped up the mis-connection, rolled around and shoveled it into the open net.

"We were not handling the ball at all," said senior Betsy Given. "We needed to take care of the ball and that was the key."

The Lions, who dominated the draws in the second half and overtime, won the first draw in overtime, but quickly turned it over. Loyola got the opening it needed when Meyer, a third-team All-American, fed Lewis for a leaping shot over the shoulder of keeper Heidi Shafer (10 saves).

The win gave a boost to a young squad that still is rebuilding after losing nine starters from last year's final four team.

"What's nice about this game -- we made a ton of mistakes and still won," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens.

Freshman Erin Wylde led the Greyhounds with two goals; Jeanne Harrington, Given and Meyer also added single goals.

Penn State .. ..2 ..4 ..0 ..-- ..6

Loyola .. .. ...3 ..3 ..1 ..-- ..7

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