No. 3 Loyola turns back JMU, 8-6 Johnson, Meyer lead way

No. 1 Terps rip Vanderbilt

State women

March 23, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Loyola's third-ranked women's lacrosse team used an edge in experience to beat No. 4 James Madison, 8-6, yesterday at Curley Field.

In a showdown of unbeaten Colonial Athletic Association teams, the Greyhounds, led by the All-America duo of Kerri Johnson and Michelle Meyer, wore down a Dukes squad with 17 underclassmen, including nine freshmen.

"We went into the game saying we wanted to play our experience and our composure against their youth," Loyola coach Diane Aikens said. "We said if we played with patience, we could shut down a couple of their players and keep possession of the ball."

The Dukes got two goals and two assists from their only senior starter, Loch Raven graduate Shelley Klaes, but they too often went for the quick hit. The Greyhounds worked for better shots.

Early in the second half, the Greyhounds (3-0, 1-0) used nearly 10 minutes on two possessions. The Dukes (4-1, 1-1) did not control the ball that much the entire half.

They never led, but the Dukes kept pace through most of the first half until Erin Wylde and Meyer scored back-to-back free-position goals for a 5-3 lead with 9: 43 left.

Amy Brew, last year's All-Metro Player of the Year from Annapolis, scored to bring the Dukes within one two minutes later. Johnson answered with a move in front of the goal to boost the lead to 6-4, and the Dukes got no closer.

Early in the second half, goalie Kate Brew kept the Greyhounds from pulling farther away with a huge save against Chelsea Morley. With Morley racing at her, Brew covered the 20 yards back to the crease in time to deflect her shot.

Loyola worked the ball for most of the next 23 minutes until Meyer fed Johnson for a 7-5 lead with 7: 07 left. The Dukes took four shots during that long stretch, but keeper Kourtney Heavey stopped three of them, including two 8-meter shots.

In the half, the Dukes managed just four ground balls and turned the ball over nine times, mostly against Loyola's midfield.

"We've been concentrating on playing tight on our girls, so we can force turnovers in the midfield," said Meyer, who scored her 99th career goal. "We know that we have people behind us who can catch up if we go for the risk and it's not there."

No. 1 Maryland 14, Vanderbilt 1: Sascha Newmarch scored four goals and had an assist and Sarah Forbes had two goals and three assists as Maryland (5-0) rolled to a 10-0 halftime lead en route to victory in Nashville, Tenn.

Mount St. Mary's 21, Siena 7: Beth Fischer scored five goals and Erica Hensley and Jen Stocker added four each as the Mount (2-0, 2-0) beat Siena in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest, the Saints program's first-ever game.

Goucher 19, Susquehanna 4: Midfielder Beth Edwards scored six goals and had two assists and Liz Low added five goals and three assists for the host Gophers (2-2).

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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