March 27, 2009

Rutgers Women Upset No. 13 Loyola

from press release

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers scored the game's first four goals, and held on late for a 12-11 BIG EAST Conference victory on Friday night over 13th-ranked Loyola.

The Scarlet Knights (4-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) led 6-1 in the first half, but Loyola pulled within two, 7-5, at the half. The Greyhounds (7-2, 0-1) then tied the score at 10 with just over 11 minutes to play in the game.

The loss snaps Loyola's six-game winning streak.

Elizabeth Weber scored a career-high six points, tallying three goals and three assists for Loyola, but Brooke Cantwell and Nina Frankoski scored four and three goals, respectively, for the Rutgers.

Kristen Anderson's goal with 15:29 to go in the first half gave the Scarlet Knights a 4-0 lead before Meg Taylor broke the scoring silence for Loyola with a score off a Colleen O'Keefe assist just over two minutes later.

Cantwell and Frankoski each scored unassisted, however, for Rutgers, extending its lead to 6-1 with 9:06 on the first-half clock.

After almost six minutes of scoreless play, Grace Gavin scored twice for Loyola in 13 seconds, making it a three-goal game.

Maura Kenny and Emily Gibson then scored for the Greyhounds, Gibson's goal pulling Loyola to within one, 6-5, with 58 ticks left in the half. Ali Steinberg, however, put in a free-position goal 24 seconds later to give Rutgers a 7-5 halftime advantage.

Cantwell's third goal put the Scarlet Knights ahead, 10-7, with 14:34 remaining in the game, but Loyola scored three in a row - from Gavin, Weber and Gibson - to tie the game at 10 with 11:10 left.

The combination of Cantwell and Frankoski came through again, scoring in that order with 6:55 and 2:33 left to give Rutgers a 12-10 lead.

Weber scored at the two-minute mark, but Loyola could not tie the score to force overtime.

Loyola continues its conference roadtrip with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, March 29, at Notre Dame.


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