March 4, 2014
BALTIMORE - The No. 12 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team saw its upset bid slip away Tuesday afternoon as No. 5 Florida scored five-unanswered goals to close the game and escape its first trip to Ridley Athletic Complex with a 14-13 win.
The Greyhounds rattled off seven-straight goals to turn a three-goal deficit into a four-goal advantage by the 12:21 mark of the second half. The Gators responded, though, and held Loyola without another goal for the remainder of the contest as they strung together a five-goal come-back run, which saw them tie the game for a sixth time at 13 with 4:22 to play before Nora Barry notched the game-winner with 37 ticks left on the clock.
Senior Marlee Paton led Loyola (2-3) with six points on five goals and one assist, and also won five draw controls. Redshirt junior Taryn VanThof contributed her seventh career hat trick with three goals, while junior Molly Hulseman had two goals and one assist for the Greyhounds, and classmates Kara Burke, Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas each tallied one goal. Senior Ali Habicht rounded out the scoring with one assist and added a career-high five draw controls.
For Florida (5-1), Shannon Gilroy shared game-high honors in points with Paton, leading the Gators with six on four goals and two assists. Nora Barry added five goals, while Carly Ross and Sammi Burgess had three and two goals, respectively.
Paton notched the first goal of the game at 27:32, but Florida tied it up with a goal at 21:03. It was Paton again, a little over 10 minutes later, that gave Loyola a 2-1 lead, as she fired an unassisted goal into the back of the net at 10:58.
The Gators answered with two-straight, though, earning their first lead, 3-2, at 7:03.
Florida scored a third-straight goal at 4:02 after causing a turnover on a clear attempt while sophomore goalkeeper Molly Wolf was out of the cage. The Gators' empty-net goal gave them a 4-2 advantage.
Loyola responded by tallying three-straight goals over a three-minute span to regain the lead with 22.9 seconds remaining in the half. Burke finished a pass from Habicht at 3:07, while Hulseman evened the score for a third time at 1:21. Burke then found VanThof on the run for a goal and the 5-4 advantage, but Florida struck the back of the net with 8.5 seconds remaining to knot the score for a fourth time, at 5-5, heading into halftime.
The Gators tallied four of the first five goals of the second half to lead 9-6 by the 21:20 mark. VanThof would spark a seven-goal run for the Greyhounds though, sticking two shots into the back of the net within a 24-second span to pull Loyola within one, 9-8. She won the ensuing draw control and saw Schmitt tie the game at nine with an unassisted goal at 16:36.
Another quick Greyhound goal, Hulseman from Paton, 13 seconds later gave Loyola its first lead since the first half, but the Greyhounds didn't stop there. An empty-net free-position goal from Thomas at the 15-minute mark forced Florida to turn to Mary-Sean Wilcox in goal, but Paton took advantage of the situation, scoring back-to-back goals to push Loyola ahead 13-9 at 12:21.
Gilroy halted the Greyhounds' run at 11:45 and had a hand in each of the Gators' next two goals, as well, assisting Ross at 9:29 and scoring again at 8:58. Barry then evened the game for Florida at 4:22 and held the ball until scoring the game-winner with 37 seconds remaining.
Defensively, Wolf stopped 10 shots in goal to record her seventh career double-digit save game. It was also her fourth 10-plus save game in five outings this season.
Loyola will continue its challenging non-conference schedule this weekend as it heads to No. 9 Penn State for a 1 p.m., contest on Saturday.