Loyola women move past Towson, 16-7 Greyhounds beat Tigers for 15th consecutive time vTC

March 19, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The faces might have changed, but not Loyola's stronghold on the area.

Although still adjusting to the loss of five All-Americans, the No. 7 Greyhounds proved they are the top team in Baltimore, trouncing No. 13 Towson, 16-7, at rain-soaked Curley Field yesterday.

Loyola (2-1) beat the Tigers (3-1) for the 15th straight time. Jen Testrake led the Greyhounds with three goals and an assist and four other Loyola players also posted multiple-goal games.

After Towson opened the scoring five minutes into the game, the Greyhounds answered with seven straight goals. When the Tigers pulled to within 7-3, Loyola again responded, scoring three times in the final minute of the first half.

The Greyhounds held Towson scoreless for the first 19 minutes of the second half, as they built their largest lead at 13-3.

"We came out a little flat at North Carolina," said Loyola's Erin Wylde, a Severna Park graduate who had two goals and two assists. "So we really wanted to come out intense against Towson."

Loyola also wanted to move the ball around after recording just two assists in its first two games. The Greyhounds more than doubled that number yesterday by finding the open shot, setting up five goals.

But Towson's inability to pass and move the ball might have been the bigger key. The Tigers held their own on draws and goalkeeper Jacquie Sica stopped 14 shots, but Towson couldn't translate that into scoring opportunities.

"We couldn't clear the ball," said Towson coach Ashley Duncan, whose Tigers scored on seven of their 15 shots. "That hurt us because every time we shot, we scored. We had great efforts from a few individuals and had mediocre efforts from the rest."

Goals: T--Harry 2, Benner, Rose, Buck, Popolano, Weissman; L--Testrake 3, DiTommaso 2, Duffy 2, Wylde 2, Sweet 2, Morley, Santacroce, Wittelsberger, Franey, Bodick. Assists: T--Weissman, McCafferty, Harry; L--Wylde 2, Testrake, Sweet, DiTommaso. Saves: T--Sica 14, Borodinsky 1; L--Heavey 6, Hoffman 1. Half: L, 10-3.

Pub Date: 3/19/98

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