BALTIMORE - The 17th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team couldn't hold on to an 8-7 advantage Saturday afternoon, as No. 9 Penn State closed out the game with five-straight goals for a 12-8 win at Ridley Athletic Complex.
For Penn State (4-1), Steph Lazo had three goals and Maggie McCormick and Jenna Mosketti tacked on two apiece.
VanThof found Thomas for the game's first goal at 29:23 and Thomas then found Hulseman at 28:50 to give Loyola a 2-0 advantage by the 28:50 mark.
The Nittany Lions had an answer though, scoring five-straight goals to take a 5-2 advantage at the 14:12 mark.
Back-to-back tallies from Schmitt halted PSU's run and pulled Loyola within one, 5-4, with 7:43 remaining in the half, but Penn State kept the Greyhounds from tying the game with a goal at 4:57.
A score from VanThof with 27.3 seconds remaining in the half send the two teams into the locker room with Penn State up one, 6-5.
Schmitt netted her third hat trick of the season, and the 23rd of her career, to start the second half scoring and knot the score at 6-6 at the 25:55 mark.
A Penn State goal 21 seconds later kept the Greyhounds from taking their first lead since the beginning of the game, but Blakeman converted a free-position goal at 23:18 to even the score again, at seven.
Wolf picked up her 10th save of the game on the Nittany Lions' next possession and cleared to VanThof, who ran the field before finding Thomas in front of the goal for the go-ahead score, 8-7, at 22:13.
The Greyhounds were unable to hold on to the lead though, as Penn State closed out the game with five-straight goals for the 12-8 win.
Loyola will head to Charlottesville, Virginia next, for a contest against the eighth-ranked Cavaliers on Wednesday at 7 p.m.