March 5, 2011

No. 7 Loyola Stifles Towson 12-2

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Junior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff (Bayport-Blue Point H.S./Blue Point, N.Y.) made 10 saves, including seven in the second half, as seventh-ranked Loyola University Maryland (2-0) earned its second straight win, a 12-2 non-conference victory over 17th-ranked Towson University (0-2) in the Tigers’ home opener at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Led by Stoothoff, the Greyhounds limited the Tigers to just two goals on 14 shots. It is the lowest goal total allowed by the Greyhounds since April 3, 2009 when Loyola defeated Connecticut by a 17-2 margin.

“Loyola is a tremendous team and showed a lot of poise on the offensive end,” Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “We struggled to get possession today, but I think we did a better job today than we did on Wednesday in our first game.  

“We are a young team and it showed again today,” Coach LaMonica added. “We are taking some opportunities that normally are not there. We just have to continue to help all of our players know that possession is key.”

Led by a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Marlee Paton (Seaholme, Australia), the Greyhounds jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer (Sun Valley H.S./Aston, Pa.) ended the Tigers’ drought when she scored an unassisted goal with 18:35 remaining, narrowing the deficit to 4-1.

With 14 seconds left in the first half, senior midfielder Grace Gavin (St. Paul’s School for Girls/Baltimore, Md.) scored an unassisted goal, giving Loyola a 5-1 lead at the intermission.

After the Greyhounds upped their advantage to 7-1 in the first six minutes of the second half, the Tigers ended a 25-minute scoring drought when junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica (Hereford H.S./Parkton, Md.) tallied her first goal of the season, an unassisted marker past Stoothoff.

But, the Greyhounds answered by scoring five straight goals over the final 22 minutes to earn the victory.

Gavin led the Greyhounds with two goals and an assist while three other players contributed two goals.

While Custer and LaMonica accounted for the Tigers’ goals, junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) made seven saves for the Tigers, who were outshot by a 24-14 margin.

The Tigers will return home on Wednesday afternoon when they host Johns Hopkins University at Unitas Stadium at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds will host Penn State University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes:

  • The Tigers and the Greyhounds met for the 39th time in an all-time series that Loyola leads by a 30-9 margin … The teams have split the four meetings in the series after Loyola won 25 straight games.
  • The Tigers have lost their last 15 home games against the Greyhounds … Towson’s last win over Loyola at home was on April 26, 1980, an 11-6 victory.
  • The Tigers’ two goals against Loyola are the fewest scored by a Towson team since April 25, 2001 when the Tigers were limited to one goal against Johns Hopkins in an 8-1 loss at home.
  • Senior attacker Jess Dunn was held without a goal on Saturday, snapping a 19-game goal-scoring streak … During the 19-game streak, she scored 50 goals, including 47 last year.


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