WORCESTER, Mass. - The No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team extended its win streak to six-straight games Saturday with a 13-8 win at Holy Cross at Holy Cross Field.
Senior Hannah Schmitt led all players with six points on four goals and two assists, while classmate Annie Thomas tacked on five points (2 goals, 3 assists). Senior Kara Burke contributed three goals for Loyola (7-4, 4-0 Patriot League), senior Molly Hulseman had two goals and one assist and redshirt senior Taryn VanThof had two goals.
For Holy Cross (2-10, 2-3), Laura Ryan had five goals and Maddie Ward added two.
Thomas got the scoring started, contributing to three of the game's first four goals, while Schmitt ended the half by having a hand in the last three goals of the period.
Hulseman finished a pass from Thomas at 26:46 to mark the game's first score, followed by a goal from Burke, assisted by Schmitt, at 24:29. A goal from VanThof at 23:56 pushed the Greyhounds ahead three before Thomas gave Loyola a four-goal lead with a score, assisted by Hulseman, at 17:07.
The Crusaders found their first goal at 16:11 and added a second at 13:47, before a goal from Hulseman, moved the score to 5-2.
Holy Cross pulled within two again at 11:56, but Schmitt converted a free-position shot at the eight-minute mark, assisted VanThof at 5:37, and then scored again at 1:56 to give the Greyhounds an 8-3 advantage at halftime.
Coming out of the break, Thomas stuck a shot into the back of the net for her fifth point of the game at 23:02, followed by a goal from Burke at 22:10, pushing Loyola ahead 10-3.
A three-goal run from the Crusaders brought them within four, with 17:36 to play, but Schmitt recorded her 26th career hat trick, and sixth of the season, at 14:56, to keep Loyola ahead, 11-6.
Burke then netted a hat trick of her own, her fifth of the season and 15th of her career, to regain the six-goal advantage, 12-6, at 13:47.
Ryan scored her game-high fifth goal at 10:49 and Schmitt answered with a goal at 8:53 to move the score to 13-7.
The Crusaders closed out the game by scoring on a free position goal with 1:45 remaining to account for the final score of 13-8.
Defensively, junior Maddy Lesher led the way with a game-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while she also had a career-high five draw controls. Redshirt senior Gretchen Mayer added three ground balls and senior Julie Morse had two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
The Greyhounds will step out of conference play on Wednesday for a game at crosstown-rival Towson on Wednesday. Opening draw is slated for 7 p.m.