BETHLEHEM, Pa.- The No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team beat Lehigh, 10-6, Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof led all players with four goals, while senior Annie Thomas shared a game-high of four points, scoring twice and adding two assists. Seniors Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas had two goals and one assist each for Loyola (5-4, 3-0 Patriot League).
For Lehigh (3-5, 1-2), Carli Sukonik and Kierstyn Voiro had two goals apiece.
Sydney Thomas and Annie Thomas teamed for two of Loyola's first three goals, with Annie assisting Sydney for the game's first goal at 28:16. Schmitt followed it up with a score at 26:24 to extend her point-scoring streak to 18-straight games, before Lehigh found the back of the net at 21:30. Annie Thomas then finished a pass from Sydney Thomas to keep the Mountain Hawks from tying the game at 19:44, but Lehigh answered with a goal at 14:48 to pull within one, 3-2.
Schmitt netted her second score of the day at the 13-minute mark, followed by a goal from Annie Thomas at 8:29 to put Loyola up 5-2.
A goal from the Mountain Hawks with 3:32 remaining before the break sent the two teams into halftime with Loyola up 5-3.
Out of the break, the Greyhounds held Lehigh scoreless for the first 19:30 while they scored three-straight goals to take an 8-3 lead by the 20:52 mark. VanThof won the opening draw control and scored 11 seconds into play, before tacking on a second-straight goal, assisted by Annie Thomas, at 21:41. Sydney Thomas then flipped a pass from Schmitt into the goal to give Loyola the five-goal advantage.
Lehigh found its first score of the half on a free-position shot at 10:30 and tacked on a second-straight 8-meter goal at 6:51 to pull within three, 8-5.
VanThof netted her ninth career hat trick at 4:53 and, following a Lehigh goal at 2:39, added a fourth goal with 7.7 seconds remaining to make the final score 10-6.
In goal, junior Molly Wolf stopped five shots.
Loyola will step out of conference play for its next game, as the Greyhounds host former BIG EAST-foe Georgetown Wednesday at 7 p.m.