Loyola stops Duke, gains final four

Dabrowski saves the day in 7-6 upset of Blue Devils

College Lacrosse

May 14, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Loyola coach Diane Geppi-Aikens asked the Greyhounds before yesterday's NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament quarterfinal who wanted to be the hero and take the team to the final four, goalie Tricia Dabrowski was listening.

Late in the game, she answered.

Dabrowski, who finished with seven saves, stopped a shot by Lauren Gallagher with 1:15 left to preserve a 7-6 upset of No. 2 Duke at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

After making the save, the junior All-American stalled away the remaining time with what Geppi-Aikens dubbed "her cat-and-mouse act" around the crease.

"It felt unbelievable," Dabrowski said of the end of the game. "I just remember having the ball and running to the back of the crease with my hands in the air. We're so excited to get back to the final four because it's so special."

The Greyhounds (15-4) return to the final four for the second year in a row and fourth time in six years.

They will meet No. 3 Georgetown, a 10-4 winner over No. 6 North Carolina yesterday, in a semifinal game Friday night at 8:30 at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Stacey Morlang scored the game-winner on a feed from Danielle Battersby to give the Greyhounds the biggest lead of the game, 7-4, with 19:44 remaining.

The Blue Devils (15-4) rallied behind free-position goals from Kate Kaiser and Gallagher to pull within 7-6 with 14:32 to go.

Another fine defensive effort from Dabrowski, Kristen Hagert, Dana Capello, Jen Albright and Marianne Gioffre shut out the Blue Devils the rest of the way.

"Our defense tried to keep them out as much as possible," Dabrowski said, "but they didn't come in as much as we thought they would. They tried to get on the 8 and in the second half our defense held their ground. Fortunately, they dropped some balls and we came up with them."

Loyola 3 4 -- 7

Duke 4 2 -- 6

Goals: L--Morlang 2, Santacroce 2, Eyler 2, Warnock; D--Kaiser 2, Finn, Dirks, Kickham, Gallager. Assists: L--Battersby, Peck. Saves: L--Dabrowski 7; D--Foster 4.

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