March 7, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The No. 17 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team fought off a four-goal deficit and rallied to knock off No. 12 Penn State, 12-10, in overtime at the Penn State Lacrosse Field Wednesday night.
Junior Cass Cursaro notched the game-winning goal for Loyola (2-2) with 5:07 left in overtime, while freshman Sydney Thomas tacked on an insurance goal at the 3:28 mark, securing the win for the Greyhounds. Both goals were assisted by sophomore Marlee Paton.
Thomas led Loyola with a career-high four goals, while Cursaro and junior Joanna Dalton had three goals each. Paton and freshman Annie Thomas rounded out the scoring with both contributing four points on one goal and three assists.
Penn State (4-2) was led by Mackenzie Cyr’s five points on three goals and two assists, while Molly Fernandez and Maggie McCormick each tacked on two goals. Three other Nittany Lions – Tatum Coffey, Kelly Lechner and Theresa Zichelli – had one goal each.
The Greyhounds gave up the first goal of the game at 22:40, before Dalton fired her first goal of the season into the back of the net, assisted by Annie Thomas, as 20:01. Penn State then tallied its second score at 13:52 on a free position shot.
Senior Virginia Weber forced a turnover on Penn State’s next possession, while Loyola was playing a man down, and Heneberry scooped up the loose ball to send it to Loyola’s offensive end. Annie Thomas turned the possession into a goal, bringing the score to 2-2 with 10:32 to play.
The Nittany Lions then notched three-straight scores in a span of 1:03 to take a 5-2 advantage at 8:26.
Penn State tacked on another free position goal at 7:11 to take its largest lead of the game, at 6-2, before Loyola was able to answer. Sydney Thomas snuck around the left side of the goal and slipped a low shot past Penn State goalkeeper Dana Cahill to bring the score to 6-3 at the 5:43 mark.
The Nittany Lions tacked on another goal at 4:52, but Loyola responded with five-straight scores to take their first lead of the game, at 8-7.
The Greyhounds converted two free position shots – the first from Dalton, the second from Sydney Thomas – to cut their deficit to two, 7-5, at halftime.
Out of the break, Loyola notched two quick scores - the first from Paton, assisted by Annie Thomas, at 29:37, and the second from Dalton, assisted by Paton, at 28:45 – to knot the score at seven.
Stoothoff then came up huge in cage for the Greyhounds, turning back four Nittany Lion shots within 35 seconds to keep the score even. Cursaro then gave Loyola its first lead of the game, at 8-7, capping off the five-goal run for the Greyhounds at 21:35.
Penn State answered with back-to-back goals in 15 seconds to regain the lead, 9-8, but Annie Thomas found Sydney Thomas open on the side of the goal for a score at 18:53, tying the game for a fifth time at 9-9.
The Nittany Lions again took the lead with a goal at 10:19, before Cursaro knotted the score at 10, with a goal at 9:32.
The remainder of regulation would remain scoreless, as Dalton’s last-second goal was scored after the final horn sounded, sending the game to overtime.
Penn State won the draw to open the first overtime period, but senior Kellye Gallagher caused her game-high fifth turnover and classmate Ana Heneberry scooped up the ground ball to set up Cursaro for the game-winning goal.
Sydney Thomas’ goal with 27.9 seconds remaining in the first three-minute overtime period and Stoothoff’s two point-blank saves in the second overtime period secured the win for Loyola.
Defensively, Gallagher had a game-high five ground balls and five caused turnovers, while sophomore Katherine Reinhard, Heneberry, Paton and Stoothoff each finished with three ground balls. Junior Ashley Moulton and Paton both added two caused turnovers for the Greyhounds and Dalton won a career-high five draw controls.
In goal, Stoothoff recorded her 16th career double-digit save game, and second of the season, stopping 12 shots, including eight in the second half.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday, as they return home to host UMBC in the second game of a doubleheader at Ridley Athletic Complex with Loyola’s men’s lacrosse team. The men will take on Duke at noon, while the women will follow at 3:30 p.m.