Shuck paces Loyola women by Duke, 10-8

She has 2 late assists, ties school record of 79

April 10, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Loyola playmaker Rachel Shuck has a knack for seeing a play come together before it begins to unfold.

That anticipation came in handy yesterday as Shuck dished out three assists, including two in a late four-goal spurt that gave the No. 4 Greyhounds a 10-8 women's lacrosse victory over No. 5 Duke yesterday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Those three assists boosted Shuck's career total to 79, matching the school record set by Rita Ciletti in 1986. Shuck, a senior with 27 assists this season, still has a year of eligibility remaining thanks to a medical redshirt her freshman season.

"Rachel has such an understanding of the game," said Loyola coach Kerri Johnson. "She knows her teammates so well. A lot of kids can see the plays happen, but Rachel knows what her teammates are going to do before they do."

It set the Greyhounds (12-1) apart from the Blue Devils (7-4) in a game that was tied four times and that neither team led by more than two goals, except for 39 seconds with Loyola up 10-7.

To give the Greyhounds the lead for good at 8-7 with 16:46 left, Shuck dished out back-to-back assists to Kristi Korrow and Sydney Greene in a little over a minute. That started a 4-0 Greyhounds run that, after goals from Jaclyn Borrone and Jen Schuerholz, would put Loyola on top 10-9 with 3:49 to go.

Shuck set up the first two goals of the run by drawing the double-team and hitting the player left open on the other side of the crease.

"We were trying to play settled but unsettled," said Shuck. "We were pushing it when we knew the opportunity was there, but those moments when we felt out of control, we'd settle it for a few seconds and then get into it. We were playing as quick as we could into a play, so they couldn't set up."

Duke defender Meg Miller said her team knew the Greyhounds wanted to work quickly.

"Their attack worked very well together," Miller said. "They were moving off ball, keeping us on our toes and they did a great job of capitalizing."

The Greyhounds took advantage of 10 Duke turnovers, turning three of them directly into goals, including two in that four-goal run.

Korrow's goal came after she won the race to the end line to win possession after a bad Duke pass. With 10:15 left, Borrone scooped up a ground ball in the arc and got fouled, resulting in a free-position goal and a 9-7 Greyhounds lead.

Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said, along with hitting just one of three free-position shots, her team's 10 turnovers were the key to Loyola's victory.

"At one point, we had two straight caused turnovers and then we had two straight turnovers on unforced errors," said Kimel. "You can't do that and expect to stay in the game. You really have to be able to take care of the ball."

Loyola's defense, led by Tara Singleton, Kourtney Porcella and Laura Carper, also did a terrific job of holding off Duke, paced by two goals each from Katie Chrest and Kristen Waagbo, for a little over 16 minutes through the middle of the second half.

Duke had its only two-goal lead at 3-1 after Waagbo netted a nifty behind-the-back shot.

Duke 3 5 - 8

Loyola 4 6 - 10

Goals: D-Chrest 2, Waagbo 2, Jester, Miller, Menser, Walters; L-Greene 2, Schuerholz 2, Walker 2, Shuck, Porcella, Korrow, Borrone. Assists: D-Waagbo; L-Shuck 3, Greene. Saves: D-Huether 11; L-Lawton 2, Ci.Nicolaus 5.

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