Paton's Five Goals Leads No. 15 Loyola Past Cincinnati, 16-8

March 30, 2012

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BALTIMORE - Sophomore Marlee Paton led nine Greyhounds in scoring Friday night as the No. 15 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team won its second-straight BIG EAST conference game, a 16-8 victory over Cincinnati at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Paton finished the game tying a career-high five goals and six points, while sophomore Ali Habicht notched a career-high three goals for Loyola (6-3, 2-0 BIG EAST). In addition, freshman Hannah Schmitt tacked on two scores for the Greyhounds, while freshman Annie Thomas had one goal and two assists, junior Joanna Dalton had one goal and one assist, and junior Cassandra Cursaro, sophomore Ali Carpenter and freshmen Kara Burke and Molly Hulseman each had one goal.

Junior Ashley Cahill and freshman Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with Cahill dishing out a career-best three assists and Thomas handing out two helpers.

Defensively, senior Ana Heneberry became the second player in program history to reach 100 career ground balls and 100 career caused turnovers, scooping up two ground balls and adding four caused turnovers tonight.

Classmate Kellye Gallagher led all players with five ground balls and added four caused turnovers. With 131 career ground balls, she now sits one caused turnover shy of joining Heneberry and Jen Albright (177 GB, 130 CT) as Greyhounds that have reached 100 in both categories.

For Cincinnati (3-5, 0-2 BIG EAST), Megan Bell and Marissa Pierson had two goals each, while Rachel Mercier tacked on one goal and three assists for a team-high four points.

The Bearcats became the seventh team to score first against the Greyhounds this season, but Loyola responded with a seven-goal run to take a 7-1 lead by the 14:02 mark. Paton and Schmitt each notched two goals in the run, while Cursaro, Hulseman and Annie Thomas recorded the others.

Cincinnati halted the Greyhounds' run with a goal at 8:02, but Habicht converted a free position shot one minute later, before Paton tacked on back-to-back scores to give Loyola an eight-goal lead, 10-2, with 4:36 left in the half.

MacKenzie Parsons scored at 3:55 for the Bearcats before Carpenter fired her first goal of the season into the back of the net, marking the final goal of the half and giving Loyola an 11-3 advantage at the break.

Cincinnati scored the first goal out of halftime, just 39 seconds into play, but Paton assisted Dalton at 27:53, before scoring her game-high fifth goal to give Loyola a 13-4 advantage.

The Bearcats would answer by scoring four of the next five goals, but Burke - assisted by Cahill - and Habicht would wrap up the scoring in the game, at 3:02 and 1:12, respectively, bringing the final tally to 16-8.

Loyola will be back in action on Sunday when it hosts No. 6 Notre Dame at Ridley Athletic Complex. The game, slated to begin at 1 p.m., will be a part of Loyola's women's lacrosse Alumnae Day.