March 24, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team earned a 19-0 victory over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex to record its seventh shutout in program history, and first since 1998.
Junior Marlee Paton and sophomore Annie Thomas led Loyola (4-5, 2-0 BIG EAST) in scoring, contributing five points each, while senior Joanna Dalton tied a career-high four goals, marking her sixth career hat trick. Paton also recorded her first hat trick of the year, and 16th of her career, tallying three goals and two assists, while Thomas had two goals and three assists.
Junior Cassandra Cursaro, sophomore Hannah Schmitt and freshman Katrina Geiger added two goals each, while senior Ashley Cahill, junior Molly Dickerson and sophomores Kara Burke and Molly Hulseman all contributed one score. Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof distributed a career-best three assists and junior Ali Habicht recorded one helper.
Thomas and Dalton got the scoring started in the game as the duo accounted for the first five goals and had a hand in the first seven. Thomas scored the first at 27:24 and Dalton's free position goal at 18:40 marked her third goal of the game, and her first hat trick of the season.
Thomas then assisted the first goal of the year for both Cursaro (at 16:37) and Cahill (at 15:55), giving the Greyhounds a 7-0 advantage. Paton, Hulseman, Dalton and Schmitt would all tally goals before the end of the period, respectively, giving Loyola an 11-0 lead at the break.
Burke added to the scoring at the beginning of the second half, followed by goals from Paton and Schmitt, to bring the score to 14-0 at 23:21.
Geiger then finished passes from Thomas and Paton, respectively, to notch back-to-back goals, before Paton finished a feed from Habicht to give Habicht her first point of the season at 17:21.
Cursaro scored her second goal of the day at 10:53 and Dickerson stuck a corner in the top right corner to mark her first goal of the year and last goal of the game, bringing the final score to 19-0.
Defensively, 15 Greyhounds scooped up a ground ball, while seven caused at least one turnover. Paton led the way with four caused turnovers and three ground balls, while VanThof had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
At the draw circle, VanThof won a game-high five draws, while freshman Maddy Blakeman won three.
Loyola will step out of conference play next week and head to UMBC for a mid-week match-up with its local-rival on Wednesday. Opening draw is slated for 7 p.m.