March 2, 2013
TOWSON - Sophomore Annie Thomas found classmate Hannah Schmitt for the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday afternoon to give the seventh-ranked Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team an 11-10 win at No. 16 Towson.
With 3:40 remaining, Schmitt knocked down a pass and freshman Katrina Geiger scooped up the loose ball to set the Greyhounds up for the game-winning opportunity.
Schmitt led Loyola (2-2 overall) with four goals, while senior Joanna Dalton and Geiger each tallied two scores. Junior Marlee Paton and sophomores Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
For Towson (1-3), Rhiannon Coogle and Kelly Custer led the Tigers with two goals.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, with neither team holding more than a one-goal lead until the beginning of the second half when the Greyhounds rattled off four goals in a 49-second span to break open a tied game and take a 9-5 advantage.
Schmitt started the scoring by completing her first hat trick of the year with a goal at 27:52. VanThof won the next draw and assisted a wide-open Sydney Thomas eight seconds later. Dalton made it a third-straight Greyhound goal at 27:16 before Annie Thomas capped off the run by circling the crease and sneaking a shot into the back of the net at 27:03.
Towson answered Loyola’s run by scattering three goals throughout a span of two minutes to pull within one, at 17:33, but Geiger converted a free position shot at the 17-minute mark to give the Greyhounds a two-goal advantage, 10-8.
The Tigers snuck two more shots past freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf to knot the score at 10, at 9:08, but Schmitt’s game-winner with 10 seconds remaining, assisted by Annie Thomas, gave the Greyhounds the 11-10 victory.
Throughout the first half, neither team could gain more than a one-goal advantage as the score was tied five times, capped by Custer’s free position goal as time expired to send the teams into halftime tied, 5-5.
The Tigers started the scoring with a free position goal at 25:23, but Schmitt was quick to even it, scoring 13 seconds later after redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof won the draw control, her first of six for the day.
Towson regained the lead at 21:02 when Jackie LaMonica found the back of the net, but the lead wouldn’t last long as Paton assisted Dalton at 20:16, knotting the score at two.
Loyola gained its first lead on Schmitt’s second goal of the day at 18:55, but it was the Tigers who had an answer this time, as they scored at 16:41 to bring the score to 3-3.
The Greyhounds found their go-ahead goals two more times throughout the half, as Paton’s score at 15:45 gave Loyola a 4-3 lead, and Geiger’s free-position shot at 5:33 gave the visitors a 5-4 advantage. Towson’s free position goal as time expired before halftime knotted the score at five.
Defensively, Paton led the way with two caused turnovers, while Schmitt had three ground balls.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Tuesday when it travels to Florida to face the second-ranked Gators for the first time in program history. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.