CHARLOTTESVILLE - Senior Hannah Schmitt scored three overtime goals and the No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team held of No. 8 Virginia for a 13-12 upset win at Klöckner Stadium Wednesday night.
Down 10-9 in regulation, Loyola sophomore Maddy Blakeman found the back of the net with 13 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Schmitt then scored a pair of goals in the first half of the extra period, before adding a third-straight with 35 seconds to play to give the Greyhounds (2-4) a 13-10 advantage.
Virginia (3-4) attempted to string together a comeback, netting two goals within 12 seconds to pull within one, 13-12, with 12 seconds to go, but senior Kara Burke won the ensuing draw control to secure the victory.
The upset win marks the sixth-straight year that underdog has been victorious, while it's also Loyola's first win at Klöckner Stadium since a 10-9 upset victory over the second-ranked Cavaliers in 1999.
The game opened as a back-and-forth battle, with neither team able to gain more than a two-goal advantage through regulation. Virginia struck first at 28:04 and added a second goal at 26:50, before Burke netted Loyola's first goal at 22:40.
A third score from the Cavaliers at 16:16 pushed them ahead, 3-1, but a four-goal run for Loyola gave the Greyhounds a 5-3 advantage a the 6:50 mark. Thomas and Schmitt scored to tie the game at three, before Thomas and Blakeman finished passes from Burke to give Loyola its first lead, 5-3.
Casey Bocklet halted the Greyhounds' streak at 6:32 and Liza Blue closed out the half with a goal for Virginia at 3:03, sending the two teams into the locker room knotted 5-5.
Blue tacked on two more goals out of the break to regain a two-goal advantage for Virginia, 7-5, before Annie Thomas assisted classmates Molly Hulseman and Sydney Thomas at 15:39 and 9:08, respectively, to tie the game at seven.
The Cavaliers had a quick answer, scoring at 8:34, but Burke notched back-to-back goals for the Greyhounds to put the visitors on top, 9-8, with 4:50 to play.
Kasey Behr's goal at 3:39 tied the game for a fourth time and Courtney Swan's tally with 56 seconds remaining looked to be the potential game-winner for Virginia, but Blakeman's goal with 13 ticks left knotted the score for a fifth time and secured overtime.
Throughout the game, Burke paced the Greyhounds with a career-high six points on three goals and three assists, while Schmitt led all players with four goals. Blakeman and Annie Thomas tacked on two goals for Loyola, while Hulseman and Sydney Thomas had one each.
For Virginia, Swan shared a game-high of six points with Burke, also scoring three goals and adding three assists. Blue helped Swan offensively with three goals, and Behr and Kelly Boyd added two each.
In goal, Wolf stopped a game-high seven shots.
Loyola will open Patriot League play on Saturday when it hosts Lafayette at 1 p.m.