Greene comes on strong for Loyola

Offensive prowess fills big need for No. 5 team

Women's notebook

College Lacrosse

April 07, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When this lacrosse season began, Loyola had one big hole to fill on attack - finisher.

The No. 5 Greyhounds returned an All-America feeder in Rachel Shuck, whose 76 career assists are just three shy of the school record, but they graduated their All-America scorer, Suzanne Eyler, who stands fifth on Loyola's all-time goal-scoring list with 151.

In the past two weeks, a reliable finisher has emerged in sophomore Sydney Greene.

The New York native, who leads Loyola with 31 goals and six assists, has contributed more than half of those points in the last four games - wins over then-No. 5 James Madison, William and Mary, No. 20 George Mason and No. 18 Penn State.

Greene scored 15 goals and had five assists through that stretch, including four goals and one assist in a 14-9 win over James Madison on March 26 and two goals and two assists in Saturday's 10-9 win at Penn State.

Greene and the Greyhounds (11-1) will go after their ninth straight win Friday when they play host to No. 4 Duke at 4 p.m. at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Double trouble

When the past two All-Metro girls lacrosse Players of the Year get together on the field, the result is a lot of Duke scoring. Katie Chrest and Kristen Waagbo are leading the Blue Devils, combining for 56 points - nearly one-third of the team's total.

Chrest, a 2003 Maryvale graduate and last season's Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, has 24 goals and six assists. Waagbo, a 2004 Mount Hebron graduate and member of the world champion U.S. Under-19 team, has 13 goals and 13 assists.

Chrest leads the team in goals and Waagbo in assists. In their last game, a 10-9 win over ACC rival and No. 6 Virginia, the duo combined for nine points. Three times, one assisted the other. Chrest's three goals and three assists earned her ACC Player of the Week honors.

Both players will head home Friday to meet Loyola, but they won't be the only Blue Devils (7-3) enjoying a homecoming of sorts. Nine other Blue Devils also hail from the Baltimore area.

Jays in the Top 10

For the first time in six years as a Division I program, Johns Hopkins has cracked the Top 10.

With Sunday's 12-11 victory over then-No. 9 Vanderbilt at Homewood Field, the Blue Jays earned the No. 9 spot, moving up from No. 12 in last week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association Top 20 poll.

At 10-0, the Blue Jays are one of only three unbeaten teams in the poll, along with defending national champ and No. 1 Princeton and No. 3 Notre Dame.

Some late-season snow in Durham, N.C., likely helped the Blue Jays get off to such a strong start. Originally scheduled to play No. 4 Duke on Feb. 29, the Blue Jays got a reprieve because of the snow and will now play the Blue Devils on April 18 in Durham.

"That was a blessing in disgiuse," said Blue Jays coach Janine Tucker, whose team lost its season opener to Duke a year ago. "That allowed us to get our feet under us. The momentum we've been building with some of the teams we've been playing that weren't Top 10-ranked teams, going into, now, the meat of our season, was very strategic."

The Blue Jays, led in scoring by freshman Mary Key and senior Heidi Pearce, will face their toughest opponent yet when they play host to No. 7 Maryland Saturday at 1 p.m. at Homewood Field.

After playing visiting Villanova on April 14, the Blue Jays will hit the road to finish off with four ranked teams - Duke, No. 3 Notre Dame and two American Lacrosse Conference foes, No. 15 Northwestern and No. 18 Penn State.

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