Feb. 22, 2014
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Molly Wolf recorded her second-straight double-digit save game to lead the No. 6 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 15-10 win over No. 17 Princeton in the team's home opener Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Wolf anchored the defense by turning back 11 shots, marking her fifth career double-digit save game, while Loyola (2-0) had eight Greyhounds net goals on offense, including three with hat tricks.
Senior Marlee Paton, junior Hannah Schmitt and junior Annie Thomas contributed three goals each, while Thomas tacked on two assists for a game-high five points. Junior Kara Burke added two goals, junior Taryn VanThof had one goal and two assists, junior Molly Hulseman had one goal and one assist and senior Ali Habicht and sophomore Maddy Blakeman rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
For Princeton (0-1), Anna Doherty and Sarah Lloyd led the way with three goals each.
Behind a hat trick from Paton in a span of 8:25, Loyola jumped out to a 4-1 lead by the 17:01 mark and never looked back. Habicht got the scoring started at 28:19, followed by Paton's first goal at 25:26. Princeton was able to get on the board at 22:59, but Paton notched the game's next two goals, at 20:02 and 17:01, before Thomas capped off the three-goal run at 16:47, giving Loyola a 5-1 advantage.
Princeton notched back-to-back goals at 13:43 and 11:43 before Burke and VanThof responded to keep Loyola ahead, 7-3. The Tigers scored the final goal of the half at 6:10, giving Loyola a 7-4 halftime advantage.
Blakeman recorded her first goal of the season at the 24:18 mark of the second half, followed by two more Tiger goals, bringing the score to 8-6. Loyola would go on a 6-1 run over the next nine minutes though, pushing its lead to 14-7 with 11:09 left to play. Schmitt had three goals in the run, while Hulseman, Thomas and Burke accounted for the others.
Lloyd attempted to string together a comeback for the Tigers, scoring back-to-back goals, but Thomas scored an unassisted goal at 3:03 to halt Princeton's streak and keep the Greyhounds ahead, 15-9.
Princeton then scored the game's final goal with 21 seconds remaining, bringing the final tally to 15-10.
VanThof finished the game with five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior Sydney Thomas had three draw controls.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it heads to Johns Hopkins for a 5 p.m. contest. The game will be televised by ESPNU.