The fifth-ranked Loyola women's lacrosse team opened its season in good form yesterday, getting four goals from junior Rachel Shuck and a strong effort from its defense for a 16-4 win over UMBC at Curley Field.
Sophomore Talia Shacklock scored twice in the first four minutes to give Loyola control early, but the Retrievers responded with a goal from Jen Dragoni at 7:08.
Less than a minute later, Shuck scored her first goal to ignite a 7-0 run that doomed UMBC (0-2). Dragoni scored a second goal and assisted on another before halftime, but Loyola's defense took over and didn't allow a goal the rest of the way.
Loyola goalies Kim Lawton (Severna Park) and Cindy Nicolaus combined for 10 saves, and the defense forced 17 turnovers.
Shuck (Broadneck) scored three times in a seven-goal second half for the Greyhounds, who outshot UMBC 24-14. Shacklock finished with three goals and Susan Tyrrell added two goals and an assist.
Retrievers goalie Courtney Stringer stopped eight shots.
Loyola 9 7 - 16
UMBC 4 0 - 4
Goals: L-Shuck 4, Shacklock 3, Walker 2, Tyrrell 2, Eyler, Korrow, Borrone, Greene, McNew; UMBC-Dragoni 2, Traber, Fiorani. Assists: L-Eyler 2, Shuck, Porcella, Korrow, Tyrrell, Greene, Guarino; UMBC-Dragoni 2. Saves: L-Lawton 6, Nicolaus 4; UMBC-Stringer 8.