April 1, 2012
BALTIMORE - The No. 15 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team used an eight-goal run throughout the second half to hand No. 6 Notre Dame its first loss of the season, 17-11, Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 7-3 this season and open BIG EAST play with a 3-0 record for the second-straight year, while the Fighting Irish fall to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
In addition, the 17 goals marks the most for Loyola this season, while it is also the most goals that Notre Dame has given up since a 19-7 loss to Northwestern in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds were led offensively today by their freshmen class - a group that scored 12 of Loyola's 17 goals. Classmates Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas each notched a career-high four goals, while Schmitt tacked on two assists for a personal-best six points and Thomas added an assist of her own to move her season total to 15. Thomas now sits tied for second with Abby Rehfuss (2008) on Loyola's all-time freshman records list and is just four assists shy of Janet Eisenhut's freshman record of 19 from 1980.
Freshman Sydney Thomas also tacked on three goals today, while classmate Molly Hulseman added one. Juniors Cassandra Cursaro and Joanna Dalton each notched two goals and sophomore Marlee Paton rounded out the scoring with one goal and a career-high four assists, stretching her scoring streak to 16-straight games.
For Notre Dame, Jaimie Morrison and Caitlin Gargan recorded three goals each, while Maggie Tamasitis had one goal and a game-high five assists.
The Greyhounds fired the first goal of the game into the back of the net for just the third time this season when Cursaro turned a feed from Schmitt into a score at 28:31. The Fighting Irish quickly answered though, as Tamasitis rolled the crease and slipped a shot into the cage at 27:58. The score would be the only goal that senior Ana Heneberry - the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year - would allow the unanimous Preseason All-BIG EAST honoree to score though.
Loyola broke the stalemate at 26:51, scoring four-straight goals in a little over five minutes to take a 5-1 lead with 21:45 to play in the half. Schmitt, Annie Thomas and Cursaro all converted free position shots for the Greyhounds, before Schmitt capped off the run with her second goal at 21:45.
Notre Dame regrouped and recorded four-unanswered goals of its own to knot the score at five with 4:36 to play. Dalton scored less than a minute later though, giving the Greyhounds a 6-5 lead, before Schmitt fired a goal into the back of the net with six seconds on the clock to put Loyola up 7-5 at halftime.
Loyola would add to its lead out of the break, as Hulseman got the scoring started just 16 seconds into play and Sydney Thomas added a second-straight goal for the Greyhounds at 28:59.
Trailing 9-5, the Fighting Irish strung together three-straight goals to come within one, at 9-8, but an eight-goal run by the Greyhounds put the game out of reach for Notre Dame.
Dalton sparked the streak with a goal at 22:41 and Annie Thomas tacked on her third goal of the streak at 5:13 to give Loyola a 17-8 advantage with 5:13 to play.
The Fighting Irish stopped the run with five minutes to play, but were only able to notch three goals, as the Greyhounds held on for the 17-11 victory.
In goal, Stoothoff stopped eight shots, while Ellie Hilling and Allie Murray combined for eight saves for Notre Dame.
Loyola will return to action on Thursday when it heads to Louisville for a mid-week game against the Cardinals. Opening draw is slated for noon.