Borrone's new spark fuels Loyola women

4-goal day beats G. Mason

No. 5 'Hounds in CAA final

College Lacrosse

April 21, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

RICHMOND, Va. - All last season, Loyola's Jaclyn Borrone shot the ball just three times. Yesterday, the sophomore midfielder scored four goals in one game for the second time in two weeks.

Borrone's four goals combined with four more from Stacey Morlang sparked the No. 5 Greyhounds to an 11-5 victory over George Mason in the Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse tournament semifinals at Virginia Commonwealth's Cary Street Field.

The Greyhounds (12-2) play No. 14 Old Dominion in today's 1 p.m. final, the winner claiming the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that comes with the crown.

The emergence of Borrone, a left-hander who is listed at 5 feet 9 but seems taller, adds to an already deep Greyhounds attack that was led most of the year by All-Americans Morlang and Suzanne Eyler.

Borrone, however, showed her skills early by taking a pass from Eyler on the right side of the goal and racing across the arc while depositing a shoulder-high shot in the net.

"She has a big presence," said Morlang. "Emotionally, she's very up there and very high all the time. She works hard for everyone else and she works hard for herself. She's strong, very athletic. She moves well, which is a bonus for someone who's got the height and the strength."

Borrone scored three goals in the first half as the Greyhounds (12-2) broke out of a close game and ran up a 7-3 lead at the break. Her second and third goals, with goals from Eyler and Morlang in between, gave the Greyhounds a 4-0 half-ending run.

"She has this one move, a quick fake around you," said Patriots defender Paula Priest, a Fallston graduate. "She makes you think she's going to take you right and then you go and she goes the other way. You want to always mark up left and that's what I aim to do, but with her it's difficult because she's left-handed."

Borrone twice snapped the Greyhounds out of ties.

The Patriots (5-8) controlled the tempo for the first 17 minutes, settling the ball and working for a good shot. Jill Toomey put them on the board first. Loyola then rallied with three straight, starting with Morlang's 200th career goal and then goals from Borrone and Talia Shacklock.

Patience paid off twice more for the Patriots, who tied the game at 3 when Broadneck graduate Toomey fed Lisa Hagan with 13:32 left.

Loyola coach Diane Geppi-Aikens then called a timeout.

"We were falling into their game plan instead of following our game plan," said Geppi-Aikens. "So I said, `You can't let a team dictate what's going to happen. Let's go out and dictate.' And I think that was the difference."

The Greyhounds won the next seven draws and set off a 7-0 spurt that ended in a Morlang goal for a 10-3 lead with 15:11 left.

This afternoon, the top-seeded Greyhounds go after their seventh conference title and sixth in 10 years. They face a team that won its only CAA crown in 1995. It is also the first time in five years that the title game hasn't featured a showdown between the Greyhounds and James Madison.

The second-seeded Lady Monarchs (14-4) ended that string by beating No. 11 James Madison (8-9) in yesterday's other semifinal, 17-13.

Loyola, 8-0 in the CAA regular season, beat Old Dominion in March and leads the series 21-2.

George Mason 3 2 - 5

Loyola 7 4 - 11

Goals: GM-Toomey 2, Hagan, Leone, Olson; L-Borrone 4, Morlang 4, Eyler, Warnock, Shacklock. Assists: GM-Toomey, Leone; L- Singleton, Price. Saves: GM-Dentler 14; L-Dabrowski 7.

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