March 29, 2014
BALTIMORE - The No. 15 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team used a full team effort to earn its sixth-straight win this season; a 19-5 victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 8-4 this season and 4-0 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross falls to 5-7 overall and to 3-2 in the league.
Junior Molly Hulseman contributed a career-high four goals and added two assists for a personal-best six points, to share game-high honors with senior Marlee Paton (4g, 2a). Junior Kara Burke and sophomore Maddy Blakeman each recorded hat tricks, with Blakeman's being the first of her career, while junior Sydney Thomas had two scores and two assists, classmate Annie Thomas had one goal and a game-high six assists, and senior Ali Habicht and junior Taryn VanThof both had one goal.
Sophomore Maddy Lesher anchored the defense with three ground balls and two turnovers, while holding Holy Cross' top-point scorer, Laura Ryan, without a point.
In goal, freshman Taylor Caldwell started the second half and played all 30 minutes, allowing just one goal while stopping a career-high six shots.
Kate Martino led Holy Cross with three goals, while Kaitlin Concilio and Margie Smith also had one goal for the Crusaders.
Annie Thomas got the Greyhounds out to a 3-0 start, assisting back-to-back goals to Paton before setting up Burke at the 27:27 mark. Holy Cross halted the streak at 24:55, before Hulseman and Habicht notched goals to push Loyola ahead, 5-1, at 19:16.
Martino scored her second for the Crusaders at 16:54 and her third at 11:54, following scores from Burke and Hulseman, moving the score to 7-3.
Annie Thomas assisted Burke again at 8:56 and then finished a pass from Paton at 7:19 to give the Greyhounds a 9-3 advantage. A free-position goal from Holy Cross at 5:11 was the final first-half goal for the visitors, while Loyola used back-to-back goals from Paton to close the half with an 11-4 lead.
Hulseman notched two-consecutive scores to open the second half before an unassisted score from Sydney Thomas capped off Loyola's five-goal run, putting the Greyhounds ahead, 14-4, with 23:32 to play.
Concilio scored the lone second-half goal for the Crusaders at 20:55, while Blakeman scattered three goals throughout a five-goal run from the Greyhounds to close out the game. Sydney Thomas and VanThof also had goals in the streak, bringing the final score to 19-5.
VanThof finished the game with 11 draw controls to pull within nine of Michelle Meyer's school record of 180 from 1993-97. VanThof leads the Patriot League with 66 draw controls this year and has won 171 throughout her career at Loyola.
In addition, VanThof and Sydney Thomas led the way with a game-high four ground balls, while VanThof, Paton, Lesher and Habicht had two caused turnovers each.
Loyola will look to extend its win streak next weekend when it heads to Colgate for a Saturday game. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.