Balanced Effort Leads No. 16 Women's Lacrosse Past Lehigh

March 22, 2014

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BALTIMORE - The No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team used solid offense and stingy defense to down Lehigh, 12-4, in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The win marks the fourth straight for the Greyhounds (6-4) and moves them to 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Senior Marlee Paton, junior Annie Thomas and junior Taryn VanThof led Loyola with two goals and one assist each, while junior Kara Burke chipped in two goals. Senior Ali Habicht, juniors Elizabeth Barranco and Molly Hulseman and freshman Cami Whiteford all contributed one score.

For Lehigh (4-5, 2-2 Patriot League), Krista Dampman, Kendall Garden, Emily Solenberger and Carli Sukonik all had one goal.

The Greyhounds got the scoring started 30 seconds into play behind a goal from Paton. VanThof then notched her own unassisted score at 27:38, won the ensuing draw control, and assisted Hulseman on a fast-break goal eight seconds later.

She capped off the hot streak by tallying Loyola's fourth goal at 26:50, putting the Greyhounds ahead 4-0, before Lehigh was able to get on the board with a free-position goal at 19:43.

Annie Thomas sandwiched a pair of goals around one from the Mountain Hawks, sparking a four-goal Greyhound run that carried into the second half and gave Loyola a 9-3 advantage. Burke notched the final goal of the first half at 3:22 to move the score to 7-2 at the break and Habicht started the scoring in the second half at 27:57, followed by Paton's second goal of the day at 27:20.

Lehigh scored a third goal at 26:16 to move the score to 9-3, but Burke, Whiteford and Barranco all scored within a two-minute span to move the score to 12-3. The Mountain Hawks capped off the scoring in the game with 15 seconds remaining to make the final score, 12-4.

For the afternoon, VanThof won a game-high seven draw controls for the Greyhounds and added two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Burke had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while juniors Morgan Holleran and Sydney Thomas also had two caused turnovers each.

In goal, sophomore Molly Wolf earned three saves in 50 minutes and freshman Taylor Caldwell turned back one shot.

Loyola will step out of conference play on Tuesday when it travels to No. 13 Georgetown for a 7 p.m., contest.