Loyola Marymount 16, Wagner 4

May 14, 2005


Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship (Game 5)
Result: No. 5 Loyola Marymount 16, No. 8 Wagner 4
Records: Loyola Marymount (29-7), Wagner (24-9)
Next Loyola Marymount Game: Sunday, May 15 vs. Michigan/Redlands winner, 1:30 p.m.
Next Wagner Game: Sunday, May 15 -- vs. Michigan/Redlands loser, Noon

Loyola Marymount Storms Into Consolation Final Behind 16-4 Win

ANN ARBOR, Mich. No. 5 seed Loyola Marymount earned a decisive 16-4 victory over No. 8 seed Redlands Saturday (May 14) in the consolation semifinal of the NCAA Championship at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. LMU junior Stacia Peterson set an NCAA Championship record with five goals against Wagner to lead the Lions to victory.

LMU started the game strongly, scoring on its first two possessions to take an early 2-0 lead. Wagner answered with a penalty shot goal by junior Sara Kramer midway through the opening quarter, but LMU notched the next two tallies to go up 4-1 at the 1:42 mark. Wagner, however, did not back down, scoring a goal by sophomore Stacey Travous just nine seconds before the second quarter to take make the score 4-2 after one period of play.

The Lions controlled the remainder of the game, outscoring Wagner 12-2 over the final three periods to close out the game. Freshman Rosanna Tomiuk scored two of her three goals in the second quarter to lead the Lions and sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Riddell made 13 saves in net over the course of the match. Freshman Billy Hoelck paced the Seahawks with a pair of tallies.

Loyola Marymount (29-7) will face the winner of No. 6 Michigan and No. 7 Redlands on Sunday (May 15) at 1:30 p.m. in the fifth-place contest, while Wagner (24-9)) will take on the loser of the Michigan/Redlands contest on Sunday (May 15) at noon in the seventh-place match.

Loyola Marymount Head Coach John Loughran
On the game ... "We had good energy and a much stronger attitude today. It is difficult to bounce back from a tough loss, but they did good job in coming out and playing hard. We set a good temp early and forced a lot of counters. We were able to finish our plays much better today. We really struggled with that Friday."

On the physicality of the game ... "Wagner did a good job and played very hard and physical. They drew 12 exclusions on us and played very well. Rachel (Riddell) played much better today and Sarah Hamilton played very solid defense. Stacia Peterson continues to play very well offensively."

On the power play ... "Our 6-on-5 attack was much better today. We were able to finish our plays and it set a good tempo for us."

Junior Two Meter Stacia Peterson
On the difference between today and yesterday ... "Today we played with a lot more energy. Yesterday we were really nervous and it showed. Today we were far more relaxed and excited."

On starting strong ... "We really set the pace early and made a statement after a tough loss yesterday. It is important for us to finish this tournament on a strong note. It will really help our team's confidence heading into next year."

Wagner Head Coach Patrick Beemer
On Wagners play in the first period ... "We started out great but just couldnt connect. We had 14 man-up opportunities and converted just one. We converted 65% of our opportunities this season and we got one today. We cant win like that. We have the talent to lay with all of these teams but we dont have the heads to."

On his teams inability to convert with a six on five advantage ... "It just didnt work for us. It was a disappointing way to finish the game. We only got one."

On the play of goaltender Katie Hauck ... "Katie made a big block on that penalty shot. Katie did her homework and it gave us a lift there, but we couldnt convert on offense."

Wagner Sophomore Goaltender Katie Hauck
On the difference between playing UCLA and Loyola Marymount ... "I knew that the shots wouldnt be as hard but that the shooters would be as good. I made a couple of blocks and tried to keep us in the game. This weekend has been an amazing learning experience for me, playing against top teams like UCLA and Loyola Marymount. Yesterday I played against Olympians. I would say I am 20 times better now than I was two days ago."

On her block on LMUs penalty shot ... "It definitely gave us a lift. The team was poppy and cheery after that and the crowd got into it and I think LMU started to get down on themselves a little."

On the inability for the offense to convert with a man up ... "It makes you want to quit out there sometimes, but Im not a quitter. I had to keep fighting and keep my head high and try to inspire my teammates back into the game."

-- LMU juior Stacia Peterson set an NCAA Championship record with five goals against Wagner. She also became the career leader in NCAA Championship goals with 14 tallies in her three years.


-- Courtesy Michigan