HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team closed out the game with five-straight goals to escape Colgate with an 11-6 victory Saturday afternoon at Beyer-Small '76 Field.
Senior Maddy Lesher led the Greyhounds (7-5 overall, 4-0 Patriot League) with career highs in both ground balls and caused turnovers, finishing with a game-high seven of each.
Offensively, freshman Hannah Powers and senior Maddy Blakeman shared a game-high of four points each, with Powers netting three goals and adding one assist and Blakeman adding two goals and two assists.
For Colgate (3-7, 2-2), Isabel Kreitler and Kallan Murray had three goals each.
The Greyhounds barely came out on top of a messy first half, holding a 5-4 advantage heading into halftime. The first half of the opening stanza featured 23 combined turnovers and just six shots before the rain subsided. Kamely scored the game's first goal at 29:25, assisted by Blakeman, before Blakeman scored her own goal, assisted by Clark at 25:24.
Colgate responded with its first goal at 23:23 before knotting the score at 2-2 with a second goal just over 22 minutes later.
Tabasso had a quick answer, scoring 44 seconds later to regain the lead for the Greyhounds with 10:13 on the clock, before Gamer's first career goal gave Loyola a 4-2 advantage with 9:36 to play.
Two Colgate goals after that, and one from Powers, accounted for the 5-4 score at halftime.
Powers started the scoring in the second half with a goal at 28:31, before back-to-back goals by the Raiders knotted the score at six. From there, three-straight Greyhound goals gave Loyola its largest lead of the game, 9-6, with 13:42 to play. Gamer scored the first, assisted by Blakeman, before Filippelli netted her first and then Powers completed her second career hat trick on a free-position goal.
Blakeman's goal with 1:35 on the clock and Kamely's goal with four seconds remaining rounded out the scoring in the game, bringing the final tally to 11-6.
The Greyhounds will return to Baltimore for their next two games, beginning with hosting Lehigh on Saturday at 1 p.m.