Feb. 15, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior Hannah Schmitt scored six times and sophomore Molly Wolf turned back 11 shots in goal as the No. 9 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team upset No. 6 Virginia in its season opener Saturday afternoon at the Turf Field.
Senior Marlee Paton led all players with seven points on two goals and five assists, while Schmitt tied a career-high six goals. In addition, redshirt junior Taryn VanThof notched her sixth career hat trick with three goals, junior Sydney Thomas had two goals and one assist, junior Annie Thomas had a goal and an assist, and juniors Kara Burke and Molly Hulseman tacked on one goal each.
For Virginia (0-2), Maddy Keeshan and Courtney Swan had four points on three goals and one assist, while Casey Bocklet also had three goals.
Virginia got on the board first, rattling off three-straight goals before VanThof was able to find the back of the net for the Greyhounds at 14:18. Hulseman then made it a second-straight goal for Loyola at the 13:17 mark, putting away a pass from Paton, bringing the score to 3-2.
Loyola was unable to tie the game though, as the Cavaliers struck again 10:52, giving them a 4-2 advantage.
Neither team was able to find the back of the net for the next 10 minutes, until Virginia broke the stalemate with 54 seconds left before halftime. Schmitt answered for the Greyhounds 11 seconds later though, pulling Loyola within two at halftime, 5-3.
VanThof started the scoring in the second half with a man-up goal at 28:49, pulling Loyola within one. Annie Thomas then caused a Cavalier turnover on the next possession and VanThof scooped up the loose ball, which Schmitt turned into the game-tying goal at 28:18.
A Virginia free position goal again kept Loyola from evening the score, but the Greyhounds were able to answer with a string of three-straight scores to take their first lead of the game. Sydney Thomas tied the score at six by bouncing a free-position goal into the top corner at 22:42, Schmitt then fired a rocket into the corner, from Paton, for Loyola’s first lead at 21:18. Paton capped off the run with a free-position goal at 20:48, putting Loyola ahead, 8-6.
Virginia halted the streak with a goal at 20:06, but that would be as close as the Cavaliers would come, as the Greyhounds rattled off five-straight goals in a span of six minutes and 40 seconds to pull ahead 13-7 by the 11:04 mark. Annie Thomas started the spurt at 17:44 and Paton followed it up with a free-position goal. Paton then assisted Sydney Thomas and VanThof, respectively, before Schmitt rounded out the streak by completing her 15th career hat trick at 11:04.
Following Virginia’s goal at 10:39, Burke, assisted by Paton, and Schmitt, assisted by Sydney Thomas, notched back-to-back goals within 30 seconds to give the Greyhounds their largest lead of the day, 15-8, at 5:33. The Cavaliers answered with two goals in 14 seconds, but weren’t able to find another until the final 30 seconds. Virginia sandwiched goals around Schmitt’s sixth score at the 20-second mark, but it wouldn’t be enough as Loyola earned the 16-12 win.
Defensively, VanThof had four ground balls and a game-high six draw controls, while Paton added three draw controls and Hulseman had three ground balls and two ground balls.
In goal, Wolf stopped 11 shots to mark her fourth double-digit save game.
The Greyhounds will return to Baltimore for its home opener against No. 16 Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 22. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.