Maryland Edges Loyola 2-1 in Maryland/FILA Classic

Sept. 13, 2002


COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- An injured Ali Andrzejewski (Lutherville, Md.) made a surprise comeback in the second half and scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute to lift No. 25 Maryland to a 2-1 victory over the Loyola Greyhounds on Friday night at Ludwig Field.

Andrzejewski, who has been limited in practice due to a right knee strain, entered the game in the 66th minute to provide the Terps an offensive boost.

Maryland's leading scorer converted a rebound off an initial shot by Audra Poulin (Silver Spring, Md.) to beat Loyola keeper Erica Niemann.

"We got to a point where we needed to be more mobile up top," said head coach Shannon Higgins-Cirovski. "We brought Ali in to give us more up top because we needed a goal and she responded."

The Terps jumped on top early as Simone Dekker (Ringwood, N.J.) put home a rebound of a Kimmy Francis (Richboro, Pa.) blast in the 6th minute.

Loyola came back to knot the game at 1 on its first and only shot of the half as senior defender Audra Garuccio converted a corner kick from freshman Naomi Daniels in the 26th minute. The goal was Loyola's first against Maryland since 1993.

The Terps controlled the first half offensively by outshooting the Greyhounds, 10-1.

Niemann made seven saves for the Greyhounds.

Maryland, who improves to 4-1 for the first time since 1997, has won all seven meetings with the Greyhounds, dating back to 1987 and has outscored Loyola 24-3 over that span. Loyola suffers its first defeat of the year to drop to 2-1.

Both teams are back in action on day two of the Maryland/FILA Classic when Loyola takes on Hartford at 11:30 a.m. Maryland wraps up the tournament as they battle No. 11 Notre Dame at 2:00 p.m.

Notre Dame defeated Hartford 2-1 in the opening game of the Maryland/FILA Classic on Friday afternoon to set up the battle for the tournament championship.