Stanford women at home against Loyola, 20-16

Burker, others from area come through for Cardinal

College Lacrosse

April 24, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Bryn Mawr graduate Megan Burker had not played a lacrosse game in Baltimore since she went off to Stanford almost three years ago. Yesterday, the junior made the most of her hometown appearance.

Burker scored five goals and had three assists as she led the Cardinal to a 20-16 victory over Loyola before 535 fans at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

"Loyola has been a huge game for us in the past. Especially coming back to Baltimore, there's a lot of emotion riding on this trip," said Burker, one of 12 Cardinal players from the Baltimore area.

"It's great when [that emotion] can come through on the field in a positive way. We didn't have jitters. We were just really excited to be out there."

The Cardinal, which lost its two previous meetings with the Greyhounds, has a four-game winning streak, including its first victory this season over a ranked team, 9-8 over Yale, then No. 19, a week ago.

Yesterday, in the highest-scoring game either team has been involved in all season, the Cardinal (10-5) used a seven-goal run in the middle of the first half to take a lead it would not give up.

The teams combined for 66 shots, but the Cardinal proved more efficient, especially in the second half when it scored 10 goals on 15 shots.

The Greyhounds, who had high hopes coming off Wednesday's 16-12 upset of No. 12 Penn, cut the lead to three for a third time when Kate McHarg answered Burker's last goal to pull Loyola within 18-15 with 4:12 left.

The Cardinal did a good job of working time off the clock before Daphne Patterson scored back-to-back goals to boost the lead to 20-15 with 48 seconds left.

"We definitely got key goals at key times," said Stanford coach Michele Uhlfelder, also a Baltimore native who played at Pikesville High and at Maryland. "In the first half, we got key stops, too. Sixteen points is a lot to give up, but it seemed to just fall that, when we needed a stop, we got one."

That was certainly true when Loyola rallied to within 13-10 on three goals by Sydney Greene in a little over a minute. Stanford freshman goalie Laura Shane, last season's All-Metro first-team goalie from Towson High, made one of her 10 stops against McHarg. Seconds later, she won a ground ball to set off a Cardinal transition that ended in a Kelsey Twist goal.

"Offensively, it was a matter of us matching them to stay in this game," said Loyola attacker Rachel Shuck. "They were putting the ball in the net. They scored eight of 11 eight-meters. That was amazing."

Burker scored all of her goals on eight-meter free-positions.

"That just came out of our movement on attack," Burker said. "Our movement is so fast, I think it really catches teams off guard, and we're getting on the line more."

For the Greyhounds (4-9), who got six goals each from Greene and McHarg, the struggle to make the NCAA tournament for an 11th straight year continues, as do the injuries.

Already playing without veteran midfielders Talia Shacklock and Stephanie Walker, the Greyhounds saw junior defender Kristin McKay go down with a hamstring injury yesterday.

Stanford 10 10 - 20

Loyola 6 10 - 16

Goals: S-Burker 5, Patterson 5, Bach 3, Piselli 3, Twist 2, DeChant, Pantano; L-McHarg 6, Greene 6, Shuck, Kenny, Filippelli, Guarino. Assists: S-Burker 3, Bach, DeChant; L-Shuck 2, Kenny. Saves: S-Shane 10; L-Lawton 4, Ci. Nicolaus 6.

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