Loyola Ties Best Start In BIG EAST Play With 17-8 Win At Louisville

April 5, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, KY - The No. 15 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team tied its best start in BIG EAST play with a 17-8 victory at Louisville Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 8-3 overall and match last season’s 4-0 start in league play.

Sophomore Marlee Paton led the attack with a career-high nine points on four goals and a personal-best five assists, while freshman Sydney Thomas also set a new career best of six points on two goals and a personal-best four assists.

Freshman Annie Thomas tied a career-high four goals and five points – all in the first half, while junior Joanna Dalton notched a personal-best four goals.

Juniors Kathleen Barranco and Joanna Dalton, in addition to freshman Julie Morse, rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

For Louisville (3-7, 1-2 BIG EAST), Nikki Boltja, Hillary Bushway and Eleni Kozas had two goals each, while Monica Negron and Amy Poteet both had one goal.

The game looked to be a defensive battle at the start as Louisville’s Danielle Pawliw turned back Loyola’s first two free position shots and senior Kellye Gallagher caused two turnovers to keep the Cardinals off the board, but three goals within one minute gave Loyola a 3-0 lead by the 23:32 mark.

Annie Thomas rolled the crease and stuck a shot into the top corner of the goal at 24:23 to get the scoring started. She tacked on a second goal – assisted by Sydney Thomas – at 23:59, before Dalton made it 3-0 for Loyola at 23:32.

Kozas scored at 22:05 for the Cardinal, before an 8-0 run gave the Greyhounds an 11-1 advantage with 6:45 to play in the half. Of the 14 shots Loyola took in the first half, 11 resulted in goals.

The Cardinal recorded the final goal of the half, bringing the score to 11-2 at the intermission.

Sydney Thomas got things going in the second half, sneaking a shot into the top of the goal at 27:23, before Paton assisted Dalton, Cursaro, Barranco and Dalton again, respectively, to give the Greyhounds a 16-2 lead with 13:52 to play. Barranco’s goal at 17:10 marked her first of the season.

Louisville stopped the run at 12:15 and strung together a seven-goal run to bring the final score to 17-8.

Defensively, Gallagher led the way with five caused turnovers and four ground balls. Her first caused turnover of the game marked the 100th of her career, making her the third player in program history with 100 ground balls and 100 caused turnovers.

In addition, junior Ashley Moulton had a career-best game, scooping up a personal-best four ground balls, winning three draw controls and causing three turnovers.

Dalton finished the game with four draw controls, while freshman Molly Hulseman had three.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday, April 14 when it steps out of conference play and heads to Cornell for a 1 p.m. contest.