FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior goalkeeper Tori Rocke tied the NAU record with her 13th career solo shutout and the Lumberjacks used two first half goals to upset Loyola Marymount, whose only previous losses this season were against ranked teams, 2-0. NAU moved to 4-3-2 after its third-straight shutout while Loyola Marymount dropped to 7-3-0.
Rocke was mostly untested Sunday, needing to make just three saves for her 13th career solo shutout. That number equals the record set by Liz Winkelblech in 2007. Counting last-weekends shutout of Air Force, in which Rocke came in after freshman keeper Lauren Weaver sustained an injury, she now has a program record 14 total shutouts.
Loyola Marymount entered Sunday's game having allowed only one goal in its last-six contests and only five goals all season. The Lumberjacks were undaunted, however, and came out firing early. Junior Jenna Samora had a shot stopped on a superb diving save by LMU freshman goalkeeper Brittany Jagger in the 17th minute, as NAU had eight quick shots before scoring their first goal in the 23rd minute.
Senior defender Kristi Andreassen was awarded a free kick roughly 40 yards from the Loyola Marymount goal and sent a bouncing shot on target. Jagger made the initial stop by fellow senior Brenna Boies was in position to knock in the rebound and give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead on the first goal LMU had allowed since losing 1-0 to then No. 3 Notre Dame on September 12.
Rocke would make her best save of the day on a diving stop in the 25th minute on a shot from LMU freshman scoring leader Tawni Martino. The Lumberjacks would continue to apply pressure on both sides of the field and found a second goal in the 38th minute. Senior Brandy Carr sent a pass from the left of the LMU box to oncoming senior Corie McGuire, who fired a perfect one time shot past a lunging Jagger into the top-right corner. Loyola Marymount had only allowed two goals in a game once before this year, in their season opener at No. 16 Cal, and the Lumberjacks would take their 2-0 advantage into the halftime break.
Despite continuing to play aggressively on the offensive end, Northern Arizona remained cautious on defense in protecting its two-goal cushion in the second half. The Lumberjack defense allowed only two LMU shots in the second half and Rocke had to make just one second half save to maintain the clean sheet and a 2-0 victory.
"We came out with great energy and stuck to the game plan," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We knew that we had to put pressure on them early and that their goalkeeper made a lot of saves but had a tendency to give up rebounds. We came out against a top team in the West region and a team with a high RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) and did well. To get this win and be at 4-3-2 with the difficult schedule that we have had is good."
The Lumberjacks held a 12-4 shot advantage in the first half and had a 15-6 edge in shots for the game. Jagger, who entered the game with a 0.56 goals against average, made four saves while allowing two scores. Andreassen and senior midfielder Sam Monahan paced the Lumberjack offense with three shots apiece.
Northern Arizona plays its final non-conference game against another West Coast Conference team next Friday, as the Lumberjacks will host San Francisco at 3 p.m. in Lumberjack Stadium.