Feb. 19, 2011
Baltimore, Md. - Freshman Marlee Paton scored four goals in her first-ever appearance in a Greyhounds uniform and goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff stopped eight shots as No. 12 Loyola opened the season with a 15-8 home win over No. 7 Virginia.
"We came out to play against a tough Virginia side and we played our brand of lacrosse," said Head Coach Jen Adams. "We still have 15 other games. This is just a starting point."
Paton scored Loyola's first two goals and her second tally tied the score 2-2 after the Cavaliers (0-1) answered Paton's game-opening goal with two of their own. That started a three-goal Greyhounds stretch to go ahead 4-2 with 8:11 remaining in the first half on the first goal of the game from senior Meg Decker.
A goal by senior Cara Filipelli doubled Loyola's lead in the contest, 6-3, but a pair of Virginia goals made the score 6-5 and the Cavaliers couldn't get any closer.
Loyola outshot Virginia by a wide margin, 34-22. The Greyhounds also forced 18 Cavaliers turnovers to 12 of their own, and picked up 19 ground balls to Virginia's 16.
Kerry Stoothoff made eight saves and five in the first half, holding Virginia to 0-for-4 on free-position shots.
"Kerry gets a lot of credit for this win," Adams said. "She stood tall and backed up our defense today."
Loyola (1-0) dominated the play after the intermission, outscoring Virginia 8-3 in the second half. Paton and Caroline Hager each scored twice in the final and four other Greyhounds added single tallies. Hager's two goals matched her career high, a feat she has now accomplished six times in her four years at Loyola.
Gavin added an assist to tie Paton's game-high four points.
Loyola played 19 players in the game, testing the depth of the Greyhounds roster.
"Our depth is one of the best parts of our team," Adams said. "Any one of our players could've been out there playing today."
The Greyhounds will be in action again Thursday when they entertain England in an exhibition contest at the Ridley Athletic Complex starting at 6 o'clock. The next regular season game for Loyola comes on the road against Towson on March 5.