March 27, 2013
CATONSVILLE - The No. 17 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team earned its third-straight victory with a 13-7 win at UMBC Wednesday evening at UMBC Stadium.
Three Greyhounds - senior Joanna Dalton and sophomores Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof - led Loyola (5-5, 2-0 BIG EAST) with three goals each, while junior Marlee Paton had two goals and sophomore Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas all tacked on one. Sophomores Kara Burke, Schmitt, Sydney Thomas and freshman Maddy Lesher rounded out the scoring with one assist each.
Jordan Lyons led UMBC (7-3) with three goals, while Kristen Bilney, Brittany Marquess, Michelle Platz, Alyssa Semones had one each.
The Retrievers got on the board faster than any opponent so far this season, taking 17 seconds to find the back of the net, before VanThof was able to get Loyola on the board at 24:44, evening the score at one.
VanThof then caused a turnover that Lesher cleared for the Greyhounds before sending it to Dalton for a goal at 20:27. The assist marked the first career point for Lesher, while the goal gave Loyola its first lead of the game, 2-1.
UMBC knotted the score for a second time at 18:16, but Paton won the ensuing draw control and gave it to Sydney Thomas who found Dalton for the go-ahead score at 17:57.
Paton then tacked on two-straight goals to give the Greyhounds a 5-2 advantage, but UMBC's goal at 4:53 cut Loyola's lead to 5-3 at halftime.
Annie Thomas scored first out of the break and Dalton made it two-straight for the Greyhounds by recording her second hat trick in as many games to give Loyola a 7-3 advantage with 26:56 to play.
The Retrievers halted the run with a free-position goal at 25:43, but Annie Thomas answered by sneaking around the crease and sending a shot into the back of the net. VanThof then dogged defenders and flipped a backhanded shot past UMBC goalkeeper, Kendall Mason, at 19:55, pushing Loyola ahead, 9-4.
UMBC answered Loyola's two-goal run with two of its own by the 14-minute mark, cutting the Greyhounds' lead to three, at 9-6. Schmitt became Loyola's fifth goal scorer of the night though, beating a defender and sending a shot into the back of the net at 12:17.
The Retrievers were able to find the back of the net again at 10:41, but Burke gave up a free position shot at 4:34, assisting Annie Thomas instead, giving the Greyhounds a four-goal lead, 11-7.
Schmitt then found Sydney Thomas wide open in front of an empty goal for a score and VanThof converted her third hat trick of the year by firing a free position shot into the net as time expired, bringing the final score to 13-7.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday, April 6 when they take on No. 8 Georgetown in the first game of a doubleheader with Loyola's men's lacrosse team. Opening draw for the women is noon, while the men will take on Fairfield at 2:30 p.m.