Loyola women bash Harvard, extend unbeaten mark to 9-0 Greyhounds wipe out early deficit in 14-6 win

April 07, 1996|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,SUN STAFF

Normally, a women's lacrosse game between Loyola and Harvard would be a marquee matchup.

But Harvard is 1-4 this year, and yesterday at Curley Field the visitors were no match for No. 2-ranked Loyola, which cruised to a 14-6 victory, extending its glittering start to 9-0.

"We're young and inconsistent, and lack speed," Harvard coach Carole Kleinfelder said. "But we had the satisfaction of making Loyola think. We put a zone defense out there and they weren't expecting it."

Harvard also had the satisfaction of jumping to a 2-1 lead, but by halftime Loyola led 5-3, thanks to four unanswered goals. The Greyhounds put the game away with five straight at the start of the second half.

"This team isn't scared to be behind anybody," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens, referring to Harvard's early edge. "It's not that it takes anyone for granted. It's just not scared."

Loyola has had fast starts before, including 15-0 in 1994 when the team was ranked No. 1 for a while and wound up in the Final Four. Aikens isn't making any comparisons, except to point out that she likes this team's "energy."

"This is a great team," Aikens said. "I liked the way the players came together and hugged after a goal, whether it was 1-1 or 7-3. We have energy."

Michelle Meyer (Broadneck) led Loyola with her second four-goal game of the season, and praised Kerri Johnson and Stephanie Roberts for their feeds. Vice President Al Gore had planned to attend the game to see his daughter, Kristin, play for Harvard. Instead, Gore was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware yesterday to meet the plane bringing home the bodies of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 32 others killed in last Wednesday's plane crash in Croatia.

"Ron Brown was one of the vice president's best friends," said Kleinfelder.

A freshman attackman out of National Cathedral High in Washington, Kristin Gore played briefly in the first four games. Yesterday, she played the final 7 1/2 minutes after the game was out of reach.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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