Jessica Loizeaux paces Clearview lacrosse team to 18-8 victory over Cherokee

Clearview's Josie Quaile cradles the ball amid Cherokee's Ashley Singer (left), teammate Jessica Loizeaux, and the Chiefs' Kayce Haverstick and Lauren Thomas.
Clearview's Josie Quaile cradles the ball amid Cherokee's Ashley Singer (left), teammate Jessica Loizeaux, and the Chiefs' Kayce Haverstick and Lauren Thomas.
Posted: April 02, 2011

The doctors told Jessica Loizeaux that recovering from ACL surgery would be a step-by-step process.

So far it's been mostly baby steps for the Clearview senior lacrosse player.

But in her first game back in almost two years, a year and a half after surgery, Loizeaux finally saw glimpses of her old self.

In Clearview's 18-8, season-opening win over Cherokee Friday afternoon at Clearview, Loizeaux led the Pioneers with five goals and three assists.

"We all did really great out there today," Loizeaux said. "I feel good, and I think I'm getting my confidence back."

With Loizeaux back to playing at a high level, Clearview, ranked No. 3 in The Inquirer's Top 10, has yet another strong scoring option on an already well-balanced team.

Loizeaux, a University of Virginia recruit, netted 126 goals her freshman and sophomore years.

Although she felt and looked strong, Loizeaux did note that she's not quite 100 percent in the speed department. And she'll play the first part of the season at attack, as opposed to her normal spot in the midfield, until she builds up enough stamina.

"It's been frustrating at times," Loizeaux said. "They told me it was going to be a slow process. But I'm a very impatient person, and I just want to go for the goal. But it's getting better slowly and slowly. And I do feel a lot better and stronger than I did in the fall."

Lauren Young, Kim Tumolo, and Josie Qualie each netted four goals for the Pioneers (1-0).

Lauren Karpovich, Lauren Thomas, and Michelle Gonzales each scored a pair of goals for Cherokee (0-1).

Gonzales gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead just 20 seconds into the first half. But the rest of the half belonged to Clearview. The Pioneers went on to outscore the Chiefs, 10-3, in the first half.

Clearview opened the game up with a 7-0 outburst midway through the first half that featured five players scoring goals.

"It was a fun game. We were excited to get the season going," Clearview coach Megan Conklin said. "And we respect Cherokee. They're a great team.

"But we've just worked so hard this offseason. We've spent a lot of time on making sure we work as a team. And it's nice to see it come together."

Clearview continued cruising in the second half.

The Pioneers scored four of the half's first five goals to take a 14-4 lead.

With 19 minutes, 56 seconds left in the game, Young found an opening and netted her second behind-the back goal of the game,

The St. Joseph's University recruit said it's something she's been working on all offseason. It's one of the many aspects of the Pioneers' game that already looks to be in midseason form.

"We've been practicing so hard against each other that we were ready for this game," Young said. "We're really proud and excited over this win. And we just can't wait for the rest of the season to prove to everyone that we're the team to beat."

Cherokee 3 5 - 8

Clearview 10 8 - 18

Goals: Cl: Chelsea Derolf 1, Jessica Loizeaux 5, Josie Qualie 4, Kim Tumolo 4, Lauren Young 4; Ch: Lauren Karpovich 2, Lauren Thomas 2, Michelle Gonzalez 2, Christine Dilillo 1, Ashley Singer 1.

Saves: CL: Rachel Hall 8; Ch Alex Fanuka 7.


Contact Chris Melchiorre at rallysports@phillynews.com

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