PRINCETON, N.J. - The ninth-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team scored four-straight goals to erase a halftime deficit and take a 7-6 lead midway through the second half, but Princeton University responded with four of the game's final five goals for a 10-8 season opening victory at the Class of 1952 Stadium.
Senior Annie Thomas led Loyola (0-1) with four points on two goals and two assists, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof notched her eighth career hat trick with three goals. With the two assists, Thomas is now one assist away from becoming the first player in program history with 100 goals and 100 assists.
For Princeton (1-0), Erin Slifer led all players with six points on five goals and one assist. Stephanie Paloscio and Erin McMunn added two goals each.
Burke scored the first goal of the season for either team, netting a free-position shot at 27:35, but the Tigers responded with a four-goal run to take a 4-1 lead at the 9:08 mark.
VanThof halted the streak at 5:09 and then following another Tiger goal, added a second score at 4:03 to keep Loyola within two, 5-3.
Slifer's third goal at 2:25 was the final of the half though, giving the Tigers a 6-3 halftime advantage.
The Greyhounds used three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to erase their halftime deficit by the 21:32 mark. Hulseman scored the first at 29:12, before a goal from Thomas pulled Loyola within one. VanThof then netted her third goal to knot the game at six all.
A goal from Schmitt as the snow started to fall at 17:39 gave the Greyhounds their first lead since the opening minutes of the game, but Princeton tied it up for a third time at 15:36, before Thomas pushed Loyola ahead again, 8-7, at 13:23.
That would be the final goal the Greyhounds would score though as the Tigers scored three-straight to end the game with a 10-8 victory.
Defensively, VanThof led the way for Loyola with two ground balls and two draw controls.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts No. 17 Johns Hopkins in its home opener. Game time is slated for 6 p.m., at Ridley Athletic Complex.