WASHINGTON, D.C. - Behind a career-best nine points from senior Annie Thomas, the No. 17 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team beat American, 19-6, Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field to run its win streak to nine-straight games.
Thomas became the first Greyhounds to record nine points in a game since former Greyhound All-American Grace Gavin did so against Connecticut in 2011, scoring three times and adding six assists.
Classmate Kara Burke led all players with four goals, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof, seniors Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas, junior Maddy Blakeman and sophomore Cami Whiteford tacked on two goals each. Freshmen Frankie Kamely and Hannah Savage rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece.
For American (4-10, 2-4 Patriot League), Terese Buechli and Jessica Wojciechowski had two goals each.
Annie Thomas had a hand in the first five goals for Loyola (10-4, 6-0), getting the Greyhounds a 5-1 advantage by the 10:35 mark. She scored the game's first goal, assisted by VanThof, at 28:18 and then after 11 minutes of scoreless action, assisted Schmitt and Burke, respectively, within one minute for a 3-0 Greyhound lead at 16:24.
The Eagles netted their first goal at 12:26, but Loyola responded with seven-straight goals for a 10-1 lead with 5:05 to play in the half. Annie Thomas assisted VanThof and Burke, respectively, to spark the run. Schmitt and Sydney Thomas then tallied goals, before Blakeman fired back-to-back goals into the net within 21 seconds to get the Greyhounds their nine-goal advantage.
American closed out the half with a man-up goal with 46.9 seconds to go, making the halftime score 10-2, before tallying two more scores out of the break, to pull within six, 10-4, with 25:46 to play.
The Greyhounds responded with goals from Sydney Thomas and Burke, before American scored a free-position goal while playing man-up at 19:22.
Two more Loyola goals, from VanThof and Burke, gave the Greyhounds a 14-5 advantage with 13:31 to play, before the Eagles scored their final goal of the game at the 11:11 mark.
Senior Elizabeth Barranco assisted Annie Thomas to spark the Greyhounds' five-goal run to close out the game at 9:41. Whiteford netted her first of two goals at 8:31 and followed it up with another goal at 2:33, following a tally from Savage at 5:40.
Kamely closed out the game with her first career goal at the 1:31 mark, assisted by Aikens.
Defensively, senior Gretchen Mayer had a career-best and game-high four ground balls and five caused turnovers. VanThof, junior Maddy Lesher and junior Molly Wolf all had three ground balls, while sophomore Bailey Mathis had three caused turnovers.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Boston University at 1 p.m. The game will be Loyola's Friends of Jaclyn Game and will be televised by American Sports Network.