March 19, 2016
BALTIMORE - Senior goalkeeper Molly Wolf recorded her 19th career double-digit save performance, stopping 10 shots, to lead the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team in an 8-2 win over Navy Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex to get head coach Jen Adams her 100th career victory.
Senior Maddy Lesher helped anchor the defense, finishing the game with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Offensively, sophomore Margaret Filippelli led Loyola (4-4 overall, 2-0 Patriot League) with her first career hat trick, netting three goals, while she added one assist for a career-high four points. Senior Maddy Blakeman also tallied four points, on two goals and two assists, while freshman Hannah Powers and redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso tacked on one goal and one assist each. Sophomore Frankie Kamely rounded out the scoring with one goal.
For Navy (5-3, 0-1), Julia Collins and Gabbi Labuskes scored one goal each.
Navy netted the first goal of the game at 23:45, but the Greyhounds shutout the Midshipmen through the remainder of the half and scattered three goals throughout the period to take a 3-1 advantage into the break.
Blakeman assisted Loyola's first two goals, setting up Filippelli at 17:16 and then Kamely at the 4:25 mark. With less than 30 seconds left in the half, junior Cami Whiteford caused a turnover on Navy's clear attempt and classmate Emily Clark scooped up the ground ball, allowing Powers to score with 19 seconds remaining.
Defense stayed tough through the opening of the second half before Loyola broke through with a fast break goal at 17:03, as Blakeman finished a pass from Filippelli. Tabasso then fired a free-position goal into the back of the net at 9:54 to push Loyola ahead, 5-1.
Despite holding Navy scoreless for 45:15, the Mids snapped the streak with its lone goal of the half at the 8:31 mark, before Filippelli netted back-to-back goals at 7:42 and 4:56, respectively. Blakeman closed out the scoring in the game with 48.9 second remaining, bringing the final score to 8-2.
Loyola's defense held its opponent to just two goals for the first time since recording an 17-2 win at Marquette on April 14, 2013. The Greyhounds also forced the Midshipmen into a season-high 23 turnovers.
Individually, junior Amy Abdalla and freshman Kristen Yanchoris caused three turnovers for the Greyhounds, while Tabasso scooped up four ground balls and junior Taylor O'Connell and Powers had three ground balls apiece.
Loyola will step out of conference play for its next game as the Greyhounds travel to Washington, D.C., to face Georgetown Tuesday at 7 p.m.