CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Loyola asked a little too much of goalie Kourtney Heavey yesterday.
The junior made 21 saves against Virginia, but she could not do the impossible. She could not stop the wide-open shot that Beth Potter slipped behind her in sudden-death overtime.
Potter's goal, beautifully orchestrated by Melissa Hayes, gave the No. 4 Cavaliers a 7-6 lacrosse victory at Klockner Stadium. It was the No. 2 Greyhounds' first loss of the season.
"It was a great pass from Melissa," said Potter, who scored 1: 42 into overtime. "The defense shifted onto her, I popped into an open lane and she got the pass in there. We needed a play like that because [Heavey] was a phenomenal goalie."
Heavey, a junior in just her second season in goal, was the only reason Loyola made it to overtime. She had nine saves against free-position shots and three saves in overtime among her career-high 21.
"You can't ask for more from your keeper," said Loyola All-America center Michelle Meyer. "I think our defense did a good job, too. If we had made some better decisions on attack, the turnout might have been a little bit different."
The Cavaliers (11-3) have been nothing but trouble for the Greyhounds (9-1) in recent years. They handed Loyola its last loss, 10-9, in last year's NCAA semifinals. Loyola has won only once in the teams' last eight meetings -- 11-10 last year during the regular season.
Yesterday, the Greyhounds made their own trouble, turning the ball over a season-high 24 times. That helped the Cavaliers dominate possession and outshoot Loyola, 37-20.
"We needed to be patient on attack," said Loyola coach Diane Aikens. "Even when we were up by two goals, we played like we were down by two. We forced the ball way too much."
The Greyhounds had the biggest lead of the game, 6-4, after Liz Schaffner found Meyer alone in front with 15: 21 left. Virginia caught up over the next nine minutes when turnovers nullified terrific defensive plays by Krystin Porcella and Erin Wylde.
Virginia's Peggy Boutilier hit Amy Fromal for a transition goal and Mia Mooney rolled the crease to tie at 6 with 6: 44 to go.
Loyola had several chances to win in regulation, including a free-position goal by Chelsea Morley that was waved off by the official after some confusion.
On the play, Morley moved toward the goal and hesitated. The defense stopped, but she started again and caught everyone, including Virginia goalie Heather Castle, by surprise.
The official waved off the goal, saying everyone had stopped as if there had been a whistle, and since Castle had relaxed, it gave an unfair advantage to the shooter on what was supposed to be a restart play.
On the second try, Castle snared Morley's shot.
Loyola also took the first shot in overtime, a free-position attempt Wylde. Castle stopped that, too.
Pub Date: 4/17/97