BALTIMORE - Seniors Kara Burke and Hannah Schmitt, in addition to junior Shannon Aikens, each recorded hat tricks Wednesday night to lead the No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 15-7 win over Bucknell at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Burke netted her third-straight hat trick, while Schmitt led all players with five points on four goals and one assist, and Aikens notched her first career hat trick with a personal-best three goals. Seniors Molly Hulseman, Annie Thomas, Sydney Thomas, Taryn VanThof and junior Maddy Blakeman tacked on one goal each, while Annie Thomas added three assists for four points.
For Bucknell (2-7, 0-2 Patriot League), Maddy Molinari had a team-best three goals.
Burke recorded the first goal for Loyola (4-4, 2-0) for the fifth time this season at the 28:52 mark, but the Bison were quick to tie it with a tally at 28:39. Schmitt and Burke then teamed to string together a four-goal run for the Greyhounds, each scoring twice, to push Loyola ahead, 5-1, by the 20:40 mark.
Bucknell halted the streak with a goal at 18:35, but the Greyhounds scattered eight goals throughout the next 28 minutes of play to take control of the game with a 13-2 advantage. Hulseman, Aikens and Schmitt were responsible for the first three goals, respectively, before Aikens netted back-to-back scores, including one as time expired in the half, to give the Greyhounds an 11-2 lead at the intermission. Coming out of the break, Schmitt and VanThof capped off the run with goals at the 26:26 and 18:58 marks.
The Bison found their first score of the second half at 15:15 and finished the game with five of the game's final seven goals - Blakeman and Annie Thomas scored Loyola's two scores - making the final score 15-7.
Defensively, junior Molly Wolf turned back 10 shots for her 11th career 10-plus save game and third this season, while Elizabeth Duswalt finished with a game-high 13 saves.
VanThof led all players with a season-high nine draw controls, while Annie Thomas had a team-best three ground balls.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it heads to Lehigh for a 4 p.m., contest.