March 3, 2012
BALTIMORE - The No. 12 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team saw its comeback attempt fall short in its home opener against Towson on Saturday, falling to its Baltimore rival, 7-6, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola (1-2) rallied to knot the score at six with 6:27 to play, but a quick score from the Tigers proved to be the game winner when the Greyhounds' last-minute shot attempts soared high and was saved. Junior Cass Cursaro sent a shot off the crossbar with 41 seconds left, before freshman Hannah Schmitt's shot with 16 seconds remaining was saved. Towson goalkeeper Mary Teeters ran the clock out from there.
Sophomore Marlee Paton led the attack with two goals and one assist, while freshman Annie Thomas had one goal and two assists. Cursaro and freshmen Molly Hulseman and Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds with one goal each.
For Towson (3-0), Sarah Appelt scored twice, while five other Tigers notched one goal each.
Fouls plagued the Greyhounds throughout the first half, as all four of the goals that they gave up were on free position shots.
Loyola scored first for the first time this season, at the 24:08 mark, when Cursaro stuck a shot from Annie Thomas into the back of the net. The Tigers then tallied four-straight free position goals to take a 4-1 advantage at the 4:20 mark.
Annie Thomas broke the streak, scoring 18 second after Towson's fourth goal, when Paton picked up a loose ball on Towson's clear attempt and passed it to Annie Thomas. Her goal cut Loyola's halftime deficit to 4-2.
Sydney Thomas got the scoring started in the second half, skidding a shot into the back of the net for her first collegiate goal at the 27:47 mark. Towson then sandwiched two goals around one from Paton to maintain its two-goal advantage, before Hulseman scored at 17:12 to bring the Greyhounds within one again, at 6-5.
Annie Thomas then found Paton in front of the goal for a quick-stick score, knotting the game at six all with 6:27 to play.
A little over a minute later though, Andi Raymond assisted Ashleigh Rohrback, who scored the eventual game-winning goal for Towson with 5:01 on the clock.
Defensively, senior Kerry Stoothoff stopped eight shots, while Teeters collected 11 for the Tigers.
Loyola will return to action Wednesday when it travels to State College, Pa., for a game at Penn State. Opening draw is slated for 4 p.m.