March 9, 2016
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team held off No. 8 Virginia in a defensive battle at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night to pick up a 7-6 win and knock off their first top-10 foe of the season.
The win for the Greyhounds marks the seventh-straight year that the underdog has been victorious in the series with Virginia.
Loyola (2-4 overall) was all offense for the first 10 minutes of the game, while the Greyhounds' defense held the Cavaliers (4-2) scoreless for the first 25:47. Freshman Taylor VanThof netted the game's first goal at the 29:08 mark, followed by a pair of goals from senior Maddy Blakeman within one minute, at 23:10 and 22:16, to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage.
Sophomore Frankie Kamely's goal at 20:56 put the Greyhounds up 4-0, before Virginia broke through with a free-position goal at 4:13, moving the score at halftime to 4-1.
Blakeman completed her first hat trick of the season early in the second half, scoring on a pass from redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso at 27:14, before Virginia was credited with a goal on a Greyhound mishap at 16:22, moving the score to 5-2.
A second-straight Cavalier goal pulled Virginia within two, 5-3, before freshman Hannah Powers fired a shot into the back of the net at 10:02. Powers then assisted junior Cami Whiteford at 7:59 to push Loyola ahead, 7-3.
A string of three-straight goals from Virginia pulled the Cavaliers within one, 7-6, with 3:33 to play, but senior Maddy Lesher caused a turnover on Virginia's next possession and Loyola ran out the clock to record the victory.
Blakeman led all players with three goals in the game. Powers and Whiteford added one goal and one assist each, while Kamely and VanThof tacked on one goal and Tabasso finished with one assist.
For Virginia, Daniela Kelly had two goals.
Defensively for the Greyhounds, Tabasso scooped up a game-high five ground balls, while Lesher had four ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf turned back seven shots and had two caused turnovers to go with three ground balls.
Loyola will return to action on Tuesday when it opens Patriot League play against American. The Eagles will visit Ridley Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.