Loyola women roll, 13-4, stay on upswing in April

April 05, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

For the past two seasons, Loyola's women's lacrosse team has disappeared in April. But the No. 2 Greyhounds showed no signs of fading yesterday, routing No. 10 Delaware, 13-4, at Curley Field.

The recipe for Loyola's success: Don't talk about it.

"All we talked about was to come in and play hard for the entire 60 minutes," Loyola coach Diane Aikens said. "If we did that, we would come out 8-0, which is 50 percent of our season. And I think we completed that today."

Four different players scored two goals apiece as the Greyhounds' offense took control of the game. Loyola (8-0) outshot the Blue Hens, 43-26, and held Delaware (4-5) to one goal in the final 39 1/2 minutes.

It was a different story from 1994 and 1995, when Loyola followed an undefeated March with a combined 13-9 record in April, including 3-6 last season.

The Greyhounds came out pelting Delaware goalkeeper Carey Sebastian (21 saves) with shots from many angles. Loyola then found the net midway through the first half, scoring four goals in 4 1/2 minutes.

Delaware stormed back, cutting the lead to 4-3 when Kelly Frey scored with 9 1/2 minutes left. But Loyola regrouped after a timeout, getting goals by Allison Valentino and Stephanie Roberts to close the half with a 6-3 lead.

"We needed time after we turned the ball over four straight times," Aikens said. "There was a little panic. We were playing like we were down 4-1."

Loyola never looked back thereafter, outscoring Delaware 7-1 in the second half. It was a balanced Greyhounds attack as nine different players scored.

Loyola's patient passing attack kept the ball at its offensive end and took the pressure off goalkeeper Erika Schaub, who made 11 saves.

"We totally support each other out there," said Valentino, who leads Loyola in scoring with 12 goals and nine assists. " . . . It's all about being unselfish."

Mount St. Mary's 16, Hood 3: Jen Stocker recorded a hat trick less than six minutes into the game, and scored six goals in the first half to lead Mount St. Mary's (4-4) over visiting Hood (4-4).

UMBC 8, Villanova 6: Emily Petrlik had three goals and one assist to help host UMBC (2-6) over Villanova (5-3).

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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