April 21, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Freshman Molly Wolf stopped a career-high 14 shots and the No. 13 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team allowed just two goals in each half, en route to a 10-4 win at Rutgers Sunday afternoon.
Junior Marlee Paton led the Greyhounds (9-6, 5-1 BIG EAST) with her 19th career hat trick on a game-high three goals, while sophomore Annie Thomas’ first goal of the day made her just the 40th Greyhound with 100 career points and just the eighth to accomplish the feat in her sophomore season.
Thomas finished the game with two goals and two assists, while classmate Kara Burke also added two goals. Seniors Cassandra Cursaro and Joanna Dalton, in addition to sophomore Taryn VanThof, had one score each, while freshman Katrina Geiger had two assists and sophomores Sydney Thomas and Hannah Schmitt both had one.
For Rutgers (9-6, 1-5), Halley Barnes had two goals and Katrina Martinelli and Chrissy Schreiber had the others.
After being held scoreless for almost 24 minutes, the Scarlet Knights converted a free-position shot at 6:35 for their first score. Dalton tacked on her own free-position goal at 5:38, before Rutgers scored the game’s third-straight free position goal at 4:50, bringing the score to 4-2.
Annie Thomas and Paton then connected at 3:01, with Thomas finding the back of the net, before Burke closed out the scoring in the half, with a goal from Schmitt, at 1:30, bringing the halftime score to 6-2.
Burke scored the first goal of the second half, after Geiger got the ball through the midfield and found VanThof for the assist to Burke at 27:51.
Geiger again cleared the ball following a Rutgers turnover and found VanThof for her first goal of the game at 26:40, giving Loyola an 8-2 advantage.
Cursaro broke a 13-minute scoreless drought for the Greyhounds, finding the back of the net at 13:41, but the Scarlet Knights responded by breaking their own 25-minute scoreless streak, scoring a man-up goal at 9:41.
Rutgers added a second-straight score at 1:23 to bring the final score to 10-4.
Defensively, Geiger had three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Annie Thomas had three ground balls and two caused turnovers and senior Ashley Moulton had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Paton finished the game with three draw controls.
The 14 saves for Wolf is a career high and is marks the second 10-save game of her career.
Loyola will close out its regular season next weekend when it hosts Syracuse and Connecticut at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will host the Orange Friday at 7 p.m., and the Huskies for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m.