No. 4 UM women stop No. 3 Loyola

'Hounds cold in 2nd half as Miles makes 14 saves to help lift Terps, 12-7

College Lacrosse

May 02, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Through most of this women's lacrosse season, No. 3 Loyola has been a second-half team. In yesterday's game with No. 4 Maryland, however, goalie Kirah Miles turned her Terrapins into the second-half team.

Miles made seven of her 14 saves and shut out the Greyhounds for nearly 26 minutes of the second half as the Terps emerged from a halftime tie to take a 12-7 victory at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

"Kirah was on fire in the second half," said Maryland coach Cindy Timchal. "In the first half defensively, we were a little soft and allowed them to come in. Not to take anything away from Loyola, but they were 3-for-4 [on their first four shots]. It was truly Kirah towards the end of the first half and in the second half really stepping up and the defense doing the same."

The Terps (13-4) have gotten two strong performances in a row from Miles and the defense.

Wednesday night, they pushed two-time defending national champion and No. 1 Princeton harder than any team before falling, 8-7, in overtime. Miles had eight saves, two in overtime.

Then yesterday, the Terps recovered from surrendering the last two goals of the first half to hold the Greyhounds (13-3) scoreless until Kourtney Porcella ended the drought with 4:09 to go in the game.

Just before that, the Terps had run up a 10-5 lead on successive goals by Kelly Coppedge, Delia Cox, Acacia Walker, Brooke Richards and Laura Warren. Coppedge and Richards ran the Terps' lead to 12-6 with 22 seconds left before Porcella fed Rachel Shuck at the buzzer.

"As a perfectionist," said Miles, "obviously I didn't want them to score those last two goals, but you can't think about that. You have to think about how we came off a great win and it feels really good. We make each other shine, and my defense really helped me out a lot."

In a game that featured 62 shots, the Greyhounds fired 32 of them but missed a lot of them wide.

Shuck, who leads the Greyhounds with 29 assists, said she had trouble finding an open player in the Terps' swarming defense led by Tess McLeod, Greta Sommers and Meg Mallon.

"When they would double," said Shuck, "they could find the open girl quickly, so it didn't make a difference if we found her, because there was already [a defender] getting there."

McLeod said the Terps knew they had to make some defensive adjustments at halftime, especially after surrendering goals to Katie Guarino and Sydney Greene in the final nine minutes of the half, sending the teams into the break at 5-5.

"When we came off at halftime, we felt like the defense was really flat. There wasn't a lot of communication. There wasn't a lot of energy," McLeod said. "We just tried to focus on bringing a bit more energy to the defense, plus more talking and having the courage to make the big plays, knowing that everyone on the team was there to back you up."

Maryland 5 7 - 12

Loyola 5 2 - 7

Goals: M- Coppedge 3, Richards 3, Cox 2, Warren 2, Dorney, Walker; L- Greene 2, Borrone, Shacklock, Guarino, Porcella, Shuck. Assists: M-Walker 2, Coppedge, Richards, Cox, Warren, Dorney, Collins; L- Korrow 2, Shuck, Borrone, Schuerholz, Porcella. Saves: M-Miles 14; L-Lawton 10, Ci. Nicolaus 6.

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