It's a Green day as Loyola falls

Dartmouth rolls, 20-7, in opening round of women's tournament

May 06, 1999|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Dartmouth's Kate Graw certainly enjoyed her visit home yesterday.

The Severn School graduate matched a career-high six goals and added two assists as the No. 10 Big Green dispatched No. 7 Loyola, 20-7, in an NCAA women's lacrosse tournament first-round game at Curley Field.

Graw led an attack that seemed unstoppable. At one point, Dartmouth scored 11 straight goals. In a 9-0 run to open the second half, the junior scored four straight.

"She killed us all day," said Greyhounds defender Chelsea Morley. "She was on fire and it seemed like we'd double-team and that left someone else open who finished off. I give a lot of credit to Kate. She really helped their attack move the ball."

Graw had a little help from her teammates, including a couple of other Baltimore-area natives. Garrison Forest graduate Jacque Weitzel had three goals and an assist. Emily Fenwick, a Reisterstown resident who went to high school in Rhode Island, added two goals and two assists.

"We were just playing really smart once we got the ball," said Graw. "When we got it into our end, we took care of it and finished the play. This is one of the best attack games we've ever played."

The Big Green (11-4) now faces No. 2 Virginia in Charlottesville in Saturday's quarterfinal. The Greyhounds (12-5) had hoped to make that trip, especially after upsetting the Cavaliers, 10-9, last week, but they could not overcome a wave of Big Green goals.

After Loyola's Stephanie Sweet converted a transition goal within the first two minutes, the Big Green snatched the momentum with five goals in less than four minutes. The Greyhounds then seemed powerless to stop the Big Green roll.

"I don't think Dartmouth did anything wrong," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens. "Every time you turned around, the ball was in their sticks, and it's not just luck that made them win that game. They took it to us. We made a lot of mistakes early on that cost us."

Midway through the first half, Loyola pulled within 7-3 on Stacey Morlang's spinner, but the Greyhounds went the next 29: 12 without a goal while the Big Green ran off 11 straight.

Dartmouth had an advantage in shots, 40-16; ground balls, 32-19; and draw controls, 20-9.

Loyola, which lost to the Big Green, 9-8, in overtime in last year's quarterfinal, narrowly averted the worst tournament loss in school history by scoring four goals in the final 16 minutes. Maryland's 19-4 victory in the 1994 semifinals remains the record.

Aikens said experience was a critical factor in the game, especially because the Big Green had three returning All-Americans -- Weitzel, Graw and midfielder Melissa Frazier. Few of Aikens' returning players had even played in a national tournament game.

"The younger players have been playing well," said Aikens, "but they haven't been here and they don't understand it. We only had three seniors on the field, no returning All-Americans and a freshman in the cage.

"A lot of people thought we wouldn't do well, and we made it to the first round. When you look at the whole picture, we did a great job this year."

Dartmouth 9 11 -- 20

Loyola 3 4 -- 7

Goals: D--Graw 6, Weitzel 3, Moulin 3, Gibbons 2, Merritt 2, Lenehan 2, Fenwick 2; L--O'Shea 2, Morlang 2, Sweet, Miller, Santacroce. Assists: D--Graw 2, Fenwick 2, Merritt, Gibbson, Weitzel, Zimmer; L--Miller, Battersby, Robinson, Morlang. Saves: D--Hughes 7, Leahy 0; L--Dabrowski 8, Evans 3.

Pub Date: 5/06/99

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