Loyola finds its feet, upends W&M, 15-7

After struggling early, Greyhounds turn it on

College Lacrosse

May 11, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Loyola has been a second-half team all season and it was no different in yesterday's opening round of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament.

The No. 8-ranked Greyhounds sputtered early, but recovered with a huge second half to defeat No. 10 William and Mary, 15-7, at Curley Field.

With the victory, the Greyhounds advanced to face a team they have never met before -- No. 2 Duke, a 17-3 winner over Temple yesterday, in Sunday's 3 p.m. quarterfinal in Durham, N.C.

Against Colonial Athletic Association rival William and Mary (9-7), the Greyhounds (14-4) fell behind 3-0 in a lackluster first 11 minutes before clawing their way back. They didn't take their first lead until Lauren Peck scored just 17 seconds before halftime.

Then, Loyola hit its stride.

After scoring on just five of 18 shots in the first half, the Greyhounds hit five of their first seven to open the second half. Peck scored two more goals and Stacey Morlang, Megan Santacroce and Dana Cappello had one each to run the lead to 10-4.

In less than seven minutes, Loyola turned a close game into a runaway victory.

"Sometimes, we do take awhile to get going," said Morlang. "We have to have the ball to get it in and the first half wasn't as good as the second half on center draws. The more possession we have the more we're going to score because we know how to do it."

The Greyhounds, who controlled 17 of 24 draws, won the first seven of the second half, which enabled them to dominate possession. Early on, they turned the ball over after winning the first three draws and that led to three straight Tara Hannaford goals.

"With the amount of shots and the number of opportunities they actually put in the net in the first half, our defense was doing a good job," said Tribe coach Tara Kelly. "In the second half, we just came out flat and Loyola continued to play their aggressive, strong game."

The Tribe cut the deficit to 10-6 after Lindsay Lowman fed Allison Evans and Hannaford fed Kelly McQuade, but the Greyhounds answered with consecutive goals from Cappello, Santacroce and Krissy Warnock to pull ahead 13-6 with 3:51 left.

The Greyhounds, in their sixth straight tournament appearance, finished with a 39-21 edge in shots. Eight players scored, led by Peck with four goals and an assist and Santacroce with three goals and an assist.

Senior defenders Cappello and Kristen Hagert also got into the act. Cappello netted two goals to double her career total while Hagert had the first goal and the first assist of her career.

William & Mary 4 3 -- 7

Loyola 5 10 -- 15

Goals: W&M--Hannaford 3, Work, Evans, McQuade, Schneider; L--Peck 4, Santacroce 3, Morlang 2, Cappello 2, Testrake, Warnock, Hagert, Tyrell. Assists: W&M--Lowman 2, Hannaford; L--Tyrell 2, Peck, Testrake, Warnock, Morlang, Santacroce, Hagert. Saves: W&M--Pheiffer 16; L--Dabrowski 7, Lawton 0.

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