HANOVER, N.H. - Annapolis' Jacque Weitzel has scored a lot of big goals for the Dartmouth women's lacrosse team.
But it was her two assists in overtime yesterday that sent the Big Green to a 9-8 win over Loyola and a berth in next weekend's national semifinals at UMBC.
Weitzel, who scored 56 goals in the regular season, fed Kate Graw for the game-tying goal early in the second overtime and set up Melissa Frazier for the game-winner with seven seconds left.
Those goals capped a national quarterfinal in which Loyola (13-4) held the nation's most potent offense scoreless in the first half but had to come back from a 7-5 deficit with 6:18 left to force overtime.
For Weitzel, a sophomore who has 80 goals in her career, the scoreless first half was frustrating. But she said the Big Green (13-2) kept its composure.
"I definitely think we all held our cool," the Garrison Forest graduate said. "They played a great first half. My defender [Loyola sophomore Chelsea Morley] did a great job. Everyone's defender did a great job. We just knew we had to survive it."
Loyola, which ranks third in the nation with a 6.20 goals-against average, stymied a Big Green offense that came in scoring at a rate of 15.21 goals per game.
Meanwhile, the Greyhounds got two goals each from Erin Wylde and Nicole Wittelsberger and another from Kathleen O'Shea to build a 5-0 halftime lead.
Loyola coach Diane Aikens was thrilled with her team's first-half performance.
"[Yesterday], in the first half, that was the best half I've seen a Loyola team play," Aikens said.
Dartmouth scored seven straight goals after the first quarter.
Liz Merritt and Emily Fenwick scored the first two off free positions. Graw then scored to make it 5-3. Weitzel's first goal of the game cut the lead to one before Merritt tied the game at 5 midway through the half.
Weitzel and Fenwick scored moments apart to give Dartmouth a 7-5 lead with 6:18 left.
But rather than being knocked out, the Greyhounds staged a rally. Jen Testrake and Wylde scored in the five minutes to tie it, and Kourtney Heavey (16 saves) held off a couple of late Dartmouth chances to force overtime.