Missed chances hurt Loyola women

Mistakes, No. 4 Princeton doom No. 6 'Hounds, 10-6

College Lacrosse

March 11, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's home opener for Loyola's No. 6 women's lacrosse team turned into a game of missed opportunities.

Fourth-ranked Princeton won the possession game and took advantage of a lot of Loyola mistakes to take a 10-6 victory at Curley Field.

Coming off Friday's impressive 10-9 win at No. 3 North Carolina, the Greyhounds (2-1) thought they had the momentum to score their second upset in three days. They had several chances to build an early lead but turned the ball over in the arc or took poor shots on four of their first seven possessions.

"Princeton deserved to win this game. They played better and harder than we did," said Greyhounds coach Diane Geppi-Aikens. "I told my team at the beginning of the game, what's going to win this game is 50-50 balls on the ground, grub balls and draw controls, and that's what it boiled down to."

Even though the Greyhounds managed a lead as late as the last four minutes of the first half, they missed several opportunities early in the half that could have changed the climate of the game. They turned the ball over three times in the arc in the first 13 minutes.

Princeton's defense kept a tight rein on Loyola's All-America senior Stacey Morlang, who had scored seven goals in the first two games but managed one yesterday. Shot selection was also a problem for the Greyhounds, who hit just six of 23.

"We really worked on staying in front of their cuts, stick-to-stick," said Princeton's Theresa Sherry, "and we also concentrated on their midfield transition. They're a fast team."

Despite the early turnovers, the Greyhounds managed to lead 3-2 on Suzanne Eyler's goal with 6:34 left in the first half, but the Tigers scored two in the last four minutes to take the lead for good.

The Tigers (2-1) came out after halftime and put three more goals on the board. Two of those were converted Loyola turnovers.

Sherry, a Bryn Mawr graduate who scored three goals and had two assists, started the second-half run by feeding Lindsey Biles cutting through arc and Mia Hammerberg coming from behind the crease. Hammerberg then added a transition goal for a 7-3 Tigers lead with 16:37 to go.

The Greyhounds rallied behind an Eyler spinner and a slick move by Stephanie Walker to beat her defender and nail the corner, pulling within 7-5.

But Biles, a freshman from Severn, found Whitney Miller open in the middle and then Sherry made a move to the arc and ducked a defender's stick to boost Princeton to a 9-5 lead with the clock ticking inside 10 minutes.

While disappointed, the Greyhounds tried to be philosophical about the loss.

"Obviously, we didn't bring it out today, but you learn from everything," said Morlang. "A loss is something you can't look at as just a loss. Everyone's got to take something positive out of it. It's only going to make us better."

Princeton 4 6 - 10

Loyola 3 3 - 6

Goals: P-Sherry 3, Hammerberg 2, Miller, Simone, Biles, Kenworthy, Hogan; L-Eyler 3, Walker, Morlang, Warnock. Assists: P-Sherry 2, Biles, Hogan; L-Eyler. Saves: P-Kolodner 3; L-Dabrowski 14.

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