Loyola women fall

Schuck sets assist mark

Last-minute goal gives No. 7 Virginia win, 12-11

College Lacrosse

April 18, 2004|By Bruce R. Wells | Bruce R. Wells,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Tyler Leachman's goal with 9.3 seconds to play was the difference as No. 7 Virginia pulled out a 12-11 victory over third-ranked Loyola in women's lacrosse at Klockner Stadium.

Yesterday's game was the 26th time that the two schools have met. The Cavaliers hold a 19-6-1 lead in the series that started in 1981. The loss dropped the Greyhounds to 12-2 and overshadowed a record-setting night by Rachel Schuck, who set a school record for career assists.

"It was a terrific game the entire 60 minutes, it truly was back and forth," said Loyola coach Kerri Johnson. "Virginia did a great job when they had the ball at the end of the game and they did a nice job finishing it out."

Loyola got off to a fast start, with Talia Shacklock converting a free-position goal 1:08 in to open the scoring. A little more than a minute later, Sydney Green added a goal, and Shacklock, with an assist from Schuck, scored again with 26:36 left in the half to give the Greyhounds a 3-0 lead.

Schuck's assist was the 80th of her career, breaking Rita Ciletti's record of 79 set from 1983 to 1986. Schuck finished with two assists in the game.

"I know it's an awesome thing, but it would have been better if we had won," Schuck said. "Right now, I think my parents are more excited about it then I am."

The teams traded goals to make it 4-1 Loyola before Virginia went on a four-goal run to take a 5-4 lead with 13:49 left in the half. The Greyhounds tied the game on Kourtney Porcella's goal (with an assist from Schuck) with 10:29 left in the half. Green and Jaclyn Borrone scored to close out the first-half scoring and Loyola went into the half with a 7-5 lead.

The Cavaliers' Caitlin Banks scored 22 seconds into the second half to cut Loyola's lead to 7-6. Back-to-back tough breaks soon followed for the Greyhounds. The score was 9-7 with 17:10 left in the half when a big block by Greyhounds goalie Cindy Nicolaus deflected right back at Banks, who didn't miss to make it 9-8.

Courtney Porcella was checked and fell to the ground, losing the ball, and could only watch as Morgan Thalenberg tied the game at 9-9 with 11:59 left.

Goals by Borrone and Jen Schuerholz gave the Greyhounds a short-lived lead 11-10 before Amy Appelt (the nation's leading scorer with 62 goals) tied it at 11. Three minutes later, the Cavaliers were celebrating.

Loyola 7 4 - 11

Virginia 5 7 - 12

Goals: L-Borrone 3, Green 3, Shacklock 3, Porcella, Schuerholz; V-Appelt 3, Banks 3, Leachman 2, Connors, Haas, Thalenberg, Young. Assists: L-Schuck 2, Schuerholz, Shacklock; V-Appelt, Leachman, Lieb. Saves: L-Lawton 6, Nicolaus 8; V-Pfeiffer 7.

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