Women's Lacrosse Holds Off UMBC Saturday

March 10, 2012

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BALTIMORE - The No. 17 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team held off Baltimore-rival UMBC Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex, earning a 12-11 victory.

The Greyhounds (3-2) were led by freshman Hannah Schmitt's career-high four goals and classmate Annie Thomas' career-high four assists. Junior Cassandra Cursaro, classmate Joanna Dalton and freshman Molly Hulseman each had two goals, while sophomore Marlee Paton tacked on one goal and two assists. Freshman Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with one goal and one assist.

For UMBC (2-4), Lindsay Cox had a team-high four goals, while Alicia Krause added three and Emily Coady had two goals and one assist. 

The Retrievers scored first at 29:18, before Loyola strung together four-straight goals to take a 4-1 lead. Paton started the spurt, before Schmitt tallied back-to-back scores for the Greyhounds. Dalton then fired a shot into the net at 19:10 to cap the streak.

UMBC converted a free position shot at 18:42 and added another score at 15:39 to pull within one, at 4-3, but Hulseman and Sydney Thomas each scored goals to push Loyola ahead, 6-3, with 5:04 to play in the half.

Another goal from the Retrievers at the 1:35 mark brought the halftime score to 6-4.

Out of the break, UMBC recorded another goal, but the Greyhounds refused to let their Baltimore rival knot the score, as four-unanswered goals gave Loyola a 10-5 lead. Annie Thomas assisted both Cursaro and Dalton, before Schmitt added two more scores.

UMBC would not back down though, as the Retrievers scored six of the games final eight goals, to pull within one, at 12-11, with 6:05 to play. From there, the Greyhounds held UMBC scoreless, holding on for the victory.

Defensively, senior Kellye Gallagher led the way with a season-high seven ground balls, while she also caused three turnovers. Cursaro also had three ground balls and three caused turnovers for Loyola.

In goal, senior Kerry Stoothoff stopped six shots, while Kendall Mason had four saves for UMBC.

Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it hosts Delaware. Opening draw is slated for 6 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex.