No. 5 Loyola women hound No. 9 James Madison in 11-7 win

Greyhounds force 14 turnovers against Dukes

March 19, 2011|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

Holding onto the ball can be a difficult task against the Loyola's women's lacrosse team.

The No. 5 Greyhounds lead Division I in caused turnovers, averaging 13.5, and they forced 14 against No. 9 James Madison to fuel an 11-7 victory Saturday at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex.

"That was the difference in the game," James Madison coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. "When we had the opportunity to shoot, we scored, but turnovers allowed Loyola to have the ball on the offensive end for too long."

Both teams came into the game unbeaten, but the turnovers helped the Greyhounds (6-0) gain the offensive advantage and outshoot the Dukes, 24-12. Although James Madison (6-1) scored seven times on 10 shots on goal and top scorer Casey Ancarrow scored four goals on four shots, the Dukes couldn't mount enough offense because they turned the ball over 18 times.

The Greyhounds were forcing those turnovers all over the field, something that defender Ana Heneberry said was a concerted effort.

"Today we wanted to go back to basics, being there for each other, having support everywhere all around the eight [meter arc] and just attacking and being very aggressive. I think that all contributed to coming up with checks or having them drop the ball or forcing them to make mistakes," the Dulaney graduate said.

Ancarrow, a John Carroll graduate who redshirted last season after knee surgery, scored first, but the Greyhounds raced back with six straight goals, including three from Abby Rehfuss.

"We really just capitalized on every opportunity we were given right at the beginning and that gave us a lot of momentum," Rehfuss said. "From there, it just made it hard for JMU to catch back up. During our transition, everybody pushing not just the girl with the ball, that's what really rattled them."

The Dukes rallied after that initial Loyola run, pulling within 6-4 on Mary Kate Lomady's goal with 4:51 to go before halftime, but they could not rebound from a second Greyhounds run that began with Meg Decker's free-position goal two minutes later.

Grace Gavin opened the second half with back-to-back goals and Decker added another to push the Greyhounds' lead to 10-4 with 19:18 left. Two Monica Zabel goals cut the lead to 10-6, but the Dukes could get no closer.

The Greyhounds are off to their best start since 2003 when they won their first 14 games and reached the final four, but they were coming off a close call at Delaware Wednesday. They trailed the Blue Hens, 13-10, with 5:12 to play and needed a goal from Marlee Paton with 34 seconds left to pull out a 14-13 victory. They committed 40 fouls to 13 from Delaware.

Coach Jen Adams was pleased with a cleaner defensive effort Saturday, cutting the fouls down to 22 and allowing the Dukes just four free-position shots. She had emphasized reigning in the swinging sticks and "not looking for the big play, looking for the smart play."

"Today we came out with the intent to be better disciplined, to make sure we limited our fouls and that we capitalized on the fouls that we were given," Adams said. "I think we did a good job of that."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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