Hawaii 12, Loyola Marymount 8

May 13, 2005


ANN ARBOR, Mich. No. 4 seed Hawaii earned a 12-8 victory over No. 5 seed Loyola Marymount on Friday (May 13) in the final game of the opening round of the NCAA Championships at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. Hawaii scored on its first three possessions of the third quarter and received 15 saves by sophomore Meike De Nooy in the win..

The Rainbow Wahine struck first in the opening quarter with a goal by sophomore Amy Logan, but LMU answered with a marker by junior Stacia Peterson with 5:17 to play in the first quarter to knot the game at 1-1. Hawaii responded with a four-goal run behind a pair of goals from freshman Iefke Van Belkum to open up a 5-1 lead with 3:25 remaining in the first half. One minute later, the Lions finally broke the run with a goal by freshman Rosanna Tomiuk and each team netted a marker in the final minute of the second quarter to make the score 6-3 at the half.

Hawaii stormed out of the gates in the second half, scoring on its first three possessions of the third quarter to build its lead to 9-5. The Rainbow Wahine maintained their four-goal lead throughout the third quarter and with two late tallies by junior Shannoon Carroll and sophomore Anna Sieprath pushed their lead to 11-5 after three periods of play. LMU outscored Hawaii 3-1 in the final period but was unable to get any closer that the four goal difference at the final buzzer.

Hawaii (21-9) will face No. 1 UCLA on Saturday (May 14) at4:306 p.m., while Loyola Marymount (28-7) will take on Wagner on Saturday (May 14) at 1:30 p.m.

QUOTES Loyola Marymount Head Coach John Loughran
On tonight's performance & "We didn't execute by finishing plays. We had a real hard time finishing our plays. We had a lot of people open for shots. Our shooting percentage was very poor today. We hit a lot of posts and we hit the goalie a lot. Their goalie made some really easy saves on us. We did not execute well especially when we were open. So that was very frustrating. Defensively, we tried to on runs in the third quarter, but every time we would score a goal they would come back. We would score and they'd come right back down and score one on us so it was very tough to get back into the game once we got down. Overall, I thought we came out a little tight and just didn't make the plays we needed to make. That was our biggest problem."

On Hawaii's third quarter scoring & "That totally changed the momentum of the game. We getting ready to make a comeback. We were down 6-3 at the half and our goal was to get some easy goals and then playing great defense and getting some stops, but it just didn't happen that way. We had some break downs defensively where we really lacked communication. They got some easy shots by our goalie, so it was really difficult to get back in the game."

Junior Utility Stacia Peterson
On the team & "I think we just came out really tight. We are a young team and I think that as the tournament progresses, we'll be able to loosen up. I think that next year's our year, so that's what we're looking for."

On rebounding for next game & "We're a really, really close team. No one's mean to each other or anything like that. If we lean on each other and bring each other up, we'll be fine."

Hawaii Head Coach Michel Roy
On shooting with power & "Over the year that's what we've learned. We've learned that we have good fire power on the outside. Iefke (Van Belkum) has a great shot and so does Monika (Kruszona). We've got a few girls that can shoot the ball with power. At first, when we started to play together, that was the anxiety. The girls were fast and quick, but as we got to know each other we just calmed down. We got great movement and outside shooting. We made the goalie move and we had great opportunities."

On their upcoming game against UCLA & "We've played them four times this year. We know them very well. They are amazing. They are without a doubt."

Senior Two-meter Beth Novick
On playing as a team & "I think what I was most happy with is that we came out together as a team and we finished as a team. Everyone stepped up when they needed to step up. The put their goals in when they needed to. It was a team effort. We came out hard and strong. We were ready and we wanted it."

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 F
Loyola Marymount 1 2 2 3 8
Hawaii 3 3 5 1 12

Loyola Marymount Goals: Stacia Peterson 4, Sarah Hamilton 2, Christine Robinson, Rosanna Tomiuk. Hawaii Goals: Darcy Scott-Hosaka 2, Beth Novick 2, Monika Kruszona 2, Iefke Van Belkum 2, Amy Logan, Shannon Carroll, Audrey Harrer, Anna Sieprath. Ejections: Loyola Marymount 6, Hawaii 11. Goalie Saves: Rachel Riddell (LMU) 10, Meike De Nooy (Hawaii) 15.

-- Courtesy Michigan