BALTIMORE - The No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team stretched its win streak to five-straight games with a 12-8 win over former conference-foe Georgetown at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof led all players with three goals and four points, marking her third hat trick of the season and the 10th of her career.
Seniors Kara Burke and Annie Thomas added two goals for Loyola (6-4, 3-0 Patriot League), while Hannah Schmitt contributed two points on one goal and one assist. Seniors Molly Hulseman and Sydney Thomas, in addition to junior Maddy Blakeman and sophomore Bailey Mathis, rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
For Georgetown (1-7), Hannah Seibel led the way with two goals, while Caroline Tarzian had one goal and one assist.
Annie Thomas notched the game's first goal at 28:12, but Georgetown responded with three-straight scores for a 3-1 advantage by the 22:14 mark. Schmitt halted the streak at 21:18, but two more tallies from the Hoyas put the visitors up 5-2 with 16:53 left in the half.
Loyola called a timeout following the goal and for the rest of the half, the defense held Georgetown scoreless while the offense scattered four-unanswered goals to take a 6-5 advantage into the break. VanThof netted the first goal at 12:22, followed by a free-position goal from Blakeman at 10:01. Annie Thomas tied the game at five, at the 1:33 mark, before Mathis netted a free-position shot with 21.8 seconds to play to push Loyola ahead, 6-5.
Georgetown tied the game for a third time out of the intermission, scoring at 26:18, but back-to-back goals from VanThof within one minute regained the two-goal lead for the Greyhounds, 8-6 at 24:09, which they never relinquished.
The Hoyas scored to pull within one at 22:28, and again pulled within one when Giordano scored following a Burke goal at 12:51, but those would be the final goals the Hoyas would score.
Hulseman scored at 7:47 to keep the two-goal advantage for Loyola before goals from Sydney Thomas and Burke within the final 21 seconds of play moved the final score to 12-8.
VanThof led the all players with sevendraw controls, while junior Maddy Lesher shared game-high honors of three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
In goal, junior Molly Wolf stopped nine shots.
Loyola will return to Patriot League play for a noon game at Holy Cross on Saturday.