Defense Leads No. 12 Loyola To 11-7 Win At No. 20 JHU

Feb. 29, 2012

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - The No. 12 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team fought through rain and a one hour and 19 minute lightning delay before knocking off No. 20 Johns Hopkins, 11-7, at Homewood Field Wednesday night. The meeting marked the first time since 1982 that the cross-town rivals have met, while the win moves the Greyhounds to 12-0 in the all-time series with the Blue Jays.

Freshmen Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas led the way for Loyola (1-1), scoring three goals apiece. Junior Cass Cursaro contributed two for the Greyhounds, while also tacking on an assist, and sophomore Marlee Paton and freshman Molly Hulsman both added one goal and one assist. Freshman Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with her first career assist.

For Hopkins (3-1), Taylor D’Amore and Candace Rossi led the way with two goals and one assist each, while Sammy Cermack, Colleen McCaffrey and Rachel Serio all had one goal.

The Blue Jays struck first after the lightning delay, flipping a shot over senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff at 21:43 to take a 1-0 lead. The Greyhounds responded with a five-goal spurt to earn a 5-1 advantage by the 7:44 mark though.

Hulseman scored first for Loyola at 19:27, before Annie Thomas snuck a shot into the back of the net to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game at 12:45. Annie Thomas then added her second-straight score at 9:58, before Morse stuck a shot into the top left corner for her first career goal at 8:02. Schmitt capped the run for Loyola with her first of three goals after a Hopkins timeout at 7:44.

McCaffrey broke the Greyhounds’ streak with a goal at 6:19, but Schmitt scored on a bounce pass from Morse to move Loyola’s lead back to four, at 6-2.

The Blue Jays then scored their only back-to-back goals of the game to pull within two with 3:16 left to play in the half, bringing the score to 6-4.

A foul on Hopkins with 35 seconds left gave Sydney Thomas a free position attempt, but the freshman gave up the shot and passed to Cursaro, who scored for Loyola.

Stoothoff then came up big for the Greyhounds, who were playing two men down, by making a point-blank save as time expired to give Loyola a 7-4 halftime edge.

The Greyhounds came into the second half stillplaying two men down due to cards issued as time ran out in the first half, but Loyola’s stingy defense held the Blue Jays scoreless for the first 1:45. It wasn’t until Cermack flipped a loose ball into the back of the net after her initial shot was saved by Stoothoff that Hopkins was able to score, pulling within two, at 7-5.

Stoothoff then turned back a point-blank fast break shot to keep the Blue Jays from notching back-to-back scores again.

At the other end of the field, Schmitt fired a high shot into the net to push Loyola ahead, 8-5, with 22:46 to play.

Hopkins scored its sixth goal on an open net after Stoothoff was called for a foul, but three of the final four goals were from the Greyhounds, giving Loyola the 11-7 victory.

Paton scored at 12:24, before D’Amore made the score 9-7. Cursaro and Thomas closed out the scoring with goals at 4:46 and 0:39.

The Greyhounds only won three of the 20 draws throughout the contest, but relied heavily on their defense to carry them through. Senior Preseason All-BIG EAST honorees Kellye Gallagher and Stoothoff anchored the defense, with both scooping up a game-high six ground balls. Stoothoff also stopped a game-high eight shots, while Gallagher caused a career-high six turnovers. Her second ground ball also marked the 100th of her career.

Loyola will be back in action on Saturday, hosting its second cross-town rival this week. The Greyhounds will face a Towson squad that is receiving votes in the national polls in their home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.