BALTIMORE - The No. 14 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 19 James Madison, 11-10 in overtime, Saturday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds (1-2) rallied twice to knot the score in the final minutes, but Stephanie Finley's goal with four seconds remaining in overtime sealed the win for the Dukes (4-1).
Taylor Gress knotted the game at two at the 20:32 mark, before a pair of goals from senior Hannah Schmitt and a third-straight Greyhound goal from Burke gave Loyola a 5-2 advantage with 7:07 to play in the half.
That wouldn't be enough to quiet the Dukes though, as James Madison netted three-unanswered scores through the final 6:54 of the half, including the tying goal with 13 seconds remaining, to even the halftime score at five all.
Schmitt netted another two goals, sandwiching them around one from Thomas, out of the break to push Loyola back ahead three, 8-5, at 27:09, but four-straight from JMU by the 4:44 mark saw the Dukes take their first lead of the game since the opening goal.
Following four scoreless minutes, the Greyhounds capitalized on a Dukes mishap, with senior Molly Hulseman finishing a pass from Thomas with 44 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Gress netted the first goal of overtime with 50 seconds to play in the first half of the extra period, but sophomore Katrina Geiger won the ensuing draw control for the Greyhounds abd Schmitt turned it into a goal with eight seconds on the clock to knot the score at 10 heading into the second three-minute period.
James Madison gained control of that draw control though and worked the clock down before Finley snuck a shot past Loyola goalkeeper Molly Wolf in the final seconds of the contest.
Wolf finished with a game-high 12 saves to mark her eighth 10-plus save game, while Schmitt led the offense with a game-high five goals. Burke and Thomas also tacked on two goals each for the Greyhounds, while Hulseman accounted for the final Loyola goal.
For James Madison, Ali Curwin had three goals and Betsey Angel, Finley and Gress added two each.
Loyola will head on the road to face its fourth-straight nationally ranked opponent next week, as the Greyhounds will play at No. 4 Florida Tuesday at 1 p.m.