No. 18 Johns Hopkins' 2nd Half Run Too Much For No. 7 Women's Lax

Feb. 27, 2013

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BALTIMORE - The No. 7 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team struggled to find an answer for No. 17 Johns Hopkins' second-half run Wednesday night, as the Greyhounds fell to their Charles Street rival, 11-8, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The win marks the first for Johns Hopkins in the all-time series between the two local programs, as Loyola is now 12-1 vs. the Blue Jays.

Junior All-American Marlee Paton led the Greyhounds (1-2 overall) with four points on two goals and two assists, while redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof and sophomores Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas each added two goals.

For Johns Hopkins (4-0), Taylor D'Amore and Dene' DiMartino both recorded hat tricks with three goals.

The Baltimore squads traded scoring throughout the entire first half with Sydney Thomas' goal with 58.9 seconds on the clock securing a 5-4 halftime advantage for the Greyhounds. The Blue Jays' five-goal run to open the second half would be too much for Loyola to overcome though.

Paton started the scoring, putting away a pass from sophomore Annie Thomas at 23:27 before Hopkins was able to get on the board at 18:30. A little over one minute later though, Paton fed Schmitt to regain the lead for Loyola, where the score would remain for the next 10 minutes.

Hopkins was the first to break the scoreless streak, finding the back of the net at 7:49 to knot the score at five, but Schmitt and Paton teamed up again 21 seconds later, as Schmitt's goal gave Loyola a 3-2 advantage.

The Blue Jays found their equalizer at 5:04 and again at 3:39 after VanThof converted a free-position shot at 4:33, but Johns Hopkins was unable to take the lead as Sydney Thomas' goal at 58.9 gave the Greyhounds the edge at the break.

Coming out of halftime, the Blue Jays found the back of the net at 28:33 and then converted four-straight free position shots to take their first lead of the game before extending it to four goals, 9-5, with 16:06 to play.

VanThof broke Hopkins' five-goal run with her second goal of the day at 13:52, but the two squads traded scoring to bring the final tally to 11-8 in favor of the Blue Jays.

Freshman Katrina Geiger won a game-high five draw controls for Loyola, while Paton finished with a game-high six ground balls.

In goal for Loyola, freshman Molly Wolf finished with five saves and four groundballs.

Hopkins held the advantage in shots, 22-18, draw controls, 11-10, and saves, 7-5, while both squads scooped up 15 ground balls.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it travels to No. 16 Towson to face its second-straight Baltimore rival and fourth-straight nationally ranked opponent. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.