BALTIMORE - A season-high nine Greyhounds scored for the No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team Saturday, as the Greyhounds picked up a 16-6 win over Lafayette in the Patriot League opener at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Senior Annie Thomas led all players with six points on two goals and four assists, while classmate Kara Burke notched her third hat trick of the season with three goals and one assist. Seniors Molly Hulseman, Sydney Thomas and Taryn VanThof all added two goals, and junior Shannon Aikens and sophomores Bailey Mathis and Cami Whiteford each tacked on one score.
For Lafayette (1-7, 0-2 Patriot League), Kirsten Wilhelmsen had two goals and one assist.
The Greyhounds (3-4, 1-0) wasted no time in getting to goal, as Annie Thomas scored just 16 seconds into play. She then assisted Hulseman at 25:18 to give Loyola a 2-0 advantage.
Mathis stuck her first career goal into the back of the net, assisted by Burke at 20:59, before Annie Thomas found Hulseman and Burke for goals at 20:14 and 16:49, respectively. Sydney Thomas finished off Loyola's six-goal run with an assisted goal from Hulseman at 10:55.
A flurry of goals within a 27-second span saw Lafayette find the back of the net twice, sandwiching a pair of goals around one from VanThof, in which she won the draw and then bounced a shot into the top left corner at 4:56. The Leopards scored their first goal at 5:05 and second at 4:38, cutting their deficit to five, at 7-2.
Burked capped off the first-half scoring with a goal at 1:24, before Schmitt tallied her first of the day at the 27:53 mark of the second half.
Lafayette's first goal of the half came at 23:47, before the Greyhounds strung together five-straight scores over a 10-minute span to take a 14-3 lead. Three-straight Leopard goals moved the score to 14-6, before VanThof and Annie Thomas closed out the game with a pair of goals at the 1:17 and 36 second marks, with Annie Thomas' goal being assisted by freshman Frankie Kamely for her first career point.
Defensively, sophomore Molly Wolf stopped seven shots while giving up just four goals in 51 minutes of action. She also added three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore Taylor Caldwell played the remaining nine minutes and stopped two shots.
VanThof finished the game with four ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers, while sophomore Maddy Lesher added three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Loyola will return to play on Wednesday when it hosts Bucknell at 5 p.m. The game will be the first in a doubleheader with the men's lacrosse team, as it takes on Georgetown at 7:15 p.m.