TOWSON, Md. - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse senior Annie Thomas broke the program's all-time career assist record Wednesday night in a 15-5 win over crosstown-rival Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Thomas led the Greyhounds (8-4) with a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists to push her career assist total 122 and break the 10-year old school record of 120, previously held by Rachel Shuck (2002-05).
Seniors Kara Burke and Hannah Schmitt tacked on five points apiece for Loyola, each scoring three times and adding two assists, and sophomore Maddy Blakeman tacked on two scores. Seniors Molly Hulseman, Sydney Thomas and Taryn VanThof rounded out the scoring with one goal each, while VanThof also contributed one assist.
For Towson (4-5), Emily Gillingham and Andi Raymond had two goals, while Paige Duncan added the fifth.
Thomas notched her first assist by finding Sydney Thomas open in front of the goal at 25:53, before assisting Burke at 15:07, following a Tiger goal at 23:46, to move her career assist total to 121 and pass Shuck's record.
Annie Thomas then found the back of the net 45 seconds later to give the Greyhounds a 3-1 advantage at the 14:22 mark.
The Tigers netted back-to-back goals to tie the game at three all with 8:59 remaining in the half, but four-straight Greyhound goals gave Loyola a 7-3 halftime advantage. Schmitt netted the first at 8:23, followed by goals from Blakeman and Annie Thomas, before Schmitt fired her second goal of the game into the back of the net at 3:10.
Towson scored the first goal of the second half just 51 seconds into play, but Burke found Annie Thomas for the Greyhounds' first goal of the stanza at 26:09, pushing Loyola ahead 8-4 and giving Thomas her 17th career hat trick.
The goal also sparked a five-goal run for the Greyhounds that saw Burke score twice, in addition to goals from Annie Thomas and Hulseman.
Towson's goal at 9:26 snapped the five-goal streak, before Schmitt, Blakeman and VanThof closed out the scoring in the game for the 15-5 victory.
In goal, junior Molly Wolf stopped a game-high nine shots.
Sophomore Bailey Mathis finished with a career-high four draw controls and Burke had a team-best three ground balls.
The Greyhounds will be back in action on Saturday when they host Colgate at noon in the first game of a Loyola lacrosse doubleheader at Ridley Athletic Complex.