Loyola women rally past J. Madison

Underclassmen are key as No. 3 'Hounds turn 3-1 deficit into 11-4 win

College Lacrosse

March 18, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The three minutes just before halftime summed up No. 3 Loyola's come-from-behind, 11-4 victory over No. 5 James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse showdown yesterday at Curley Field.

The Greyhounds turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead by dominating possession and building enough momentum to carry them to a 9-3 lead midway through the second half.

Megan Santacroce, Suzanne Eyler and Kristi Korrow scored unassisted goals in less than two minutes. The first goal of freshman Korrow's college career, off a loose ball in front of the crease with 55 seconds left before halftime, gave the Greyhounds the lead for good.

Korrow came off the bench for those last few minutes of the half along with Susan Tyrell, who won two draws and another possession, and Kate Hardesty, who provided key midfield defense. The three underclassmen, who don't see much playing time in critical games, made the most of their opportunities yesterday.

"That was probably the turnaround of the game - our fresh legs in there," said Greyhounds coach Diane Geppi-Aikens. "Those kids are fast, so we took out our slower attackers and put in the fast middies and they did a really nice job. When you can sub three players in and actually gain goals going into a half against a team like James Madison, that's fantastic."

The defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Greyhounds (3-1, 1-0) needed a spark after struggling defensively and falling behind 3-0 in less than 13 minutes.

The Dukes (4-1, 1-1) held possession most of the first 20 minutes and worked their settled offense. The Greyhounds' defense seemed out of sync early and fouled a lot, giving the Dukes six 8-meter shots in the first 22 minutes. Kristen Dinisio and Mindy Leher converted on two.

"We were sagging in the hole too much," said Greyhounds defender Dana Cappello. "We let them come down and start doing what they wanted to do rather than keeping them pressured all the way down. But we talk through it and we stay composed always, so we bounced back pretty well."

After four defensive stands - two saved by All-America goalie Tricia Dabrowski - followed a second Leher goal, the Greyhounds finally got on the board. Jen Testrake started what would be a nine-goal Greyhounds run with a free-position goal 7:51 before halftime.

"We lost momentum when we started taking off-angle shots and Tricia was coming up with the ball," said Dukes coach Jen Ulehla. "Loyola was able to maintain the momentum."

The Greyhounds carried that momentum into the second half.

"After being down three, we got some pretty good goals, and we really needed them to lift our confidence," said Loyola's Stacey Morlang. "We needed to step it up a notch, and as we got going, we kept going."

Lauren Peck scored what turned out to be the game-winner three minutes into the second half. With her back to the goal, Peck took a feed from Danielle Battersby and backhanded a high bouncer past Dukes keeper Jen Corradini.

Even after Eyler boosted the lead to 9-3 with 17:36 left, the Dukes weren't out of the game. Dinisio ended a 33-minute, 36-second scoring drought and cut the margin to 9-4 with 13:40 left.

Battersby's back-to-back goals within 47 seconds, the first on a free position with 6:49 to go, finally put the contest out of reach.

James Madison 3 1 - 4

Loyola 4 7 - 11

Goals: JM-Dinisio 2, Leher 2; L-Testrake 2, Eyler 2, Battersby 2, Santacroce, Korrow, Peck, Morlang, Warnock. Assists: JM-Molloy; L-Battersby, Eyler. Saves: JM-Corradini 3, Constantino 1; L-Dabrowski 6.

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