Kerry Stoothoff had a career high 16 goals for Loyola as she carried them to a 7-4 victory over local rival UMBC.
It was a tough defensive battle the whole way. The teams turned the ball over 31 times and neither team shot higher than 31%.
“We forced the ball and didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” said Loyola coach Jen Adams. “The ball just didn’t fall in place.”
But Loyola had the better luck of the two sides, largely because Stoothoff’s career day in goal.
“Our offense didn’t connect but big plays like that sparks it,” said the sophomore net-minder. “Great defensive plays can help out.”
Despite the team scoring 15 goals in an upset victory over 10th ranked Virginia just three days ago, Adams said she still has not seen what she needs from the offense.
“We can have a high powered offense but we just need to find a rhythm,” she said. “I’ve seen it in practice but we have to figure out how to get that in a game…we could be dangerous when our forwards and middies come together.”
For UMBC, 2009 first team all-conference goalie Katie Quick also had her fair share of success, stopping nine Greyhound shots, but the offense that had 34 goals in two games could not get much going. Amanda Pappas, who scored seven goals against George Mason in their last game, was held scoreless, however, sophomore Emily Coady attempted to spark a second half comeback with three second half goals.
“She’s a quiet player off the field but we have confidence in her and tell her don’t be afraid to lead from behind the goal,” said first year UMBC coach Kelly Berger, who made her home debut.
UMBC has two more very tough games directly ahead of them as they will face #13 Vanderbilt on Saturday and then play at Towson next Wednesday.
“We don’t have to be the best right now,” Berger said. “We need to be the best at the end of the season.”
Loyola is currently nationally ranked (11) in the coaches polls while UMBC is just out of it. A win for either should jump them in the national polls.
For Loyola, Grace Gavin scored four of her seven goals in the 11-10 win over Virginia while Emily Grace had five.
For UMBC, Amanda Pappas scored 7 of her 11 goals against George Mason and leads a high power offense that has 34 goals in two games.
A- Grace Gavin, Carolina Hager
M- Meg Decker, Cass Cursaro, Abby Moulton, Virginia Weber, Cara Filippelli, Emily Gibson
D- Ana Heneberry, Ashley Moulton, Tara Gardner
GK- Kerry Stoothoff
A- Erika Braerman, Emily Coady, Amanda Gable
M- Ashley Stodter, Bria Phillips, Amanda Pappas
D- Jamie Fahey, Lauren Mundell, Kristen Milligan, Sarah Willis, C.J. Durham
GK- Kate Quick
30:00- UMBC wins opening draw (Amanda Gable)
29:21- Amanda Pappas has an early free position shot attempt but Kerry Stoothoff makes and impressive save right off the bat.
24:22- Loyola’s Emily Gibson intercepted a pass and UMBC had no chance to stop the unopposed shot by after the failed clear attempt. Loyola 1-0
18:56- Grace Gavin picked up her first goal of the game after a quick toss on a free position shot by Abby Rehfuss. Loyola 2-0
17:51- Unlucky turn of events for UMBC. Ashley Stodter scored UMBC’s first goal but it was taken away because a foul before the shot. Stoothoff then picked up her fourth save of the game. Stodter picked the ball up right away after the save but Stoothoff made another quick save, keeping UMBC off the board.
16:07- Cara Filippelli gave Loyola a big third goal with a shot over the right shoulder. Loyola 3-0
13:18- Erika Braerman put UMBC on the scoreboard after breaking through a three player wall by Loyola. Loyola 3-1
4:14- Timeout Loyola. This is an absolute goalie battle. Stoothoff has eight for Loyola and Quick has five. They have both made some very impressive saves to keep their teams in the game.
Out of the timeout Loyola is likely going to switch to defensive mode to try and keep this two goal advantage for the final few minutes of the half while UMBC is going to be on full offensive mode to cut the Loyola lead.
3:15- Meg Decker made a nice cut against the defense and made a quick pass to Carolina Hager, who got the ball past UMBC goalie Kate Quick to give Loyola a three goal advantage again. Loyola 4-1
Half Time- Loyola 4, UMBC 1
This is clearly a defensive battle, UMBC is down by three goals but is certainly not out of the game. Kerry Stoothoff has nine saves for Loyola while Kate Quick has five goals for UMBC. The Retrievers certainly have enough offensive firepower to get back in the game but Loyola’s defense has been stingy all season.
21:15- It took nearly nine minutes for a goal to be scored but Emily Coady made a nice spin move to the right to get an open shot. Loyola 4-2
20:53- Emily Coady struck right back with another goal. After a throw, defender Jamie Fahey showed her speed and streaked up the field and made the inside pass to Coady, who made a quick dodge and finished. Loyola 4-3
19:21- The offenses are starting to heat up, UMBC tried to get the ball back to the goalie despite having two Loyola players near here. After a foul Abby Rehfuss scored on a free position shot right from the middle of the field.
17:37- UMBC got out of a really bad situation with great defense. Katie Quick was out of the goal with the ball and had a pass intercepted, but Kristen Milligan knocked the ball out of the Cara Filippelli’s stick before she could make the pass to the open attacker.
16:12- After getting out of a similar situation Loyola intercepted a pass with Katie Quick up the field. Cara Cursaro made the made the pass up the field to Grace Gavin for her second goal of the game, this time with a wide open net. Loyola 6-3
16:12- UMBC timeout
11:49- Emily Coady is relentless. She’s netted her third goal in this attempt at a comeback, all in the second half. Loyola 6-4
7:29- There is still time for UMBC to comeback but Caroline Hager may have put the final nail in the coffin with her second goal of the game, putting Loyola up by three goals once again. Loyola 7-4
Final Score: Loyola 7, UMBC 4
UMBC certainly showed they are capable of being competitive but Loyola’s defense proved to be one of the top units in the nation. Sophomore Kerry Stoothoff had a career high 16 saves and held UMBC out of real striking distance. For UMBC, everything was shot up high, a few shots at the ground it could have been a different story.