Quick-strike attack lifts Loyola women past Towson, 15-10

March 19, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

After Wednesday's overtime win against Penn State, Loyola women's lacrosse coach Diane Aikens spent most of her team's practice time working on the transition game.

The extra tutoring paid off yesterday as the No. 6 Greyhounds used the quick-strike offense much more effectively in beating Towson State, 15-10, at Curley Field.

"Against Penn State, we were rushing down before we could get our attack down," said senior Mandy Lewis. "The whole attack was getting stuck down on defense. This time, we had the goalie hold it a little longer so we could get our players down the field."

Through most of the first three quarters of the game, the Greyhounds (2-0) overwhelmed the Tigers (1-2) by beating them to ground balls and taking advantage of fouls. Twelve minutes into the second half, the Greyhounds led 15-4, with six of their goals coming on transition.

"Defensively, we were just fouling all over the place," said first-year Tigers coach Ashley Duncan. "We were getting too frustrated and too impatient and we were going for the check when it really wasn't there."

Towson State did get a strong performance from goalkeeper Gwen Hicks, who made 16 saves against 42 Loyola shots.

"Loyola is so consistent," said Towson State defender Sally Sands. "They never seem to let down. They keep coming at you and they don't give you any margin for error."

Ten Greyhounds scored, and Allison Valentino led the way with three goals. Lewis, Jeanne Harrington and Kerri Johnson had two each, and Michelle Meyer, Stephanie Roberts, Betsy Given, Kim Reardon, Erica Attonito and Robyn Disney had one.

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