March 15, 2016
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Frankie Kamely and freshman Hannah Powers each contributed six points to lead the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 14-6 win over American in its Patriot League opener Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Kamely led all players with a personal-best five goals, while Powers contributed six points on two goals and four assists and redshirt sophomore Sabrina Tabasso recorded her first career hat trick, finishing with three goals and one assist. Senior Maddy Blakeman added two goals and one assist, and freshmen Lindsey Ehrhardt and Tori McDonald netted their first career goals.
For American (3-7 overall, 0-2 Patriot League), Jennifer DeSimone and Jessica Wojciechowski had two goals apiece.
Loyola (3-4, 1-0) got out to a hot start, firing off the first six goals of the game before American was able to get on the board at the 11:14 mark. Tabasso finished a pass from Kamely at 26:43 to start the scoring, before Blakeman and Powers teamed to sandwich a pair of goals around a free-position goal from Tabasso. McDonald netted her first career goal at the 13:30 mark to put Loyola up 5-0 before Kamely's quick stick goal from Powers gave Loyola the 6-0 advantage.
Tabasso recorded her first career hat trick at the 10:10 mark, followed by a second Kamely-Powers goal at 5:52, giving the Greyhounds an 8-1 lead.
The Eagles closed out the first-half scoring with a goal at 2:42.
Kamely scored Loyola's first three goals of the second half to push the Greyhounds ahead 11-3 with 23:04 to play, before the Eagles fired a fourth goal into the net at 18:44. Ehrhardt's first career goal at 9:51 gave Loyola a 12-4 advantage, before the Eagles responded at 7:52. Powers' two goals gave Loyola a nine-goal cushion, 14-5, before American closed out the scoring with 2.6 seconds left to bring the final tally to 14-6.
Senior Maddy Lesher anchored the defense with three ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Powers also had three ground balls and Tabasso finished with a career-high seven draw controls.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Navy in a nationally televised contest on American Sports Network. Opening draw between the Greyhounds and Midshipmen is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.