EASTON, Pa. - Senior Molly Wolf recorded a career-best 15 saves to help the Loyola University Maryland capture its third-straight Patriot League regular season championship Saturday afternoon, knocking off Lafayette, 10-7, at Fisher Stadium.
Offensively, freshman Hannah Powers led Loyola (11-5 overall, 8-0 Patriot League) with four goals, while senior Maddy Blakeman had three goals and junior Cami Whiteford had two goals and one assist. Sophomore Margaret Filippelli added one goal, while sophomore Hannah Savage and redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso contributed two assists each and sophomore Frankie Kamely finished the game with one assist.
For Lafayette (6-10, 2-6), Kirsten Wilhelmsen led the Leopards with one goal and one assist.
Lafayette scored the first goal of the game at 27:20, but behind seven saves from senior Molly Wolf, the Greyhounds held the Leopards scoreless for the rest of the half, as they built a 7-1 halftime advantage.
Whiteford scored Loyola’s first goal at 23:39, followed by two-straight goals from Blakeman, both assisted by Tabasso. Back-to-back goals from Powers extended Loyola’s lead to four, with 9:53 to play, before Blakeman’s third goal came at the 1:50 mark, giving her her third hat trick this season and seventh of her career. Powers completed her fourth hat trick at the 1:15 mark, finishing a pass from Savage to secure Loyola its 7-1 lead at the break.
The Leopards used the second half to chip away at Loyola’s advantage, scoring two for every one of Loyola’s, but the Greyhounds held on for the victory.
Defensively, senior Maddy Lesher finished with one ground ball and two caused turnovers. With 45 caused turnovers this season, Lesher is tied with Jen Albright (2000) for second in Loyola’s all-time single-season records.
For Wolf, with 578 career saves, she passed Diane Geppi (571 from 1982-84) and moved into fourth place on the program’s record for career saves. She also led all players with five ground balls today.
The Greyhounds will conclude the regular season on Saturday when they host Army West Point for Senior Day at 1 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, Loyola’s four seniors – Shannon Aikens, Maddy Blakeman, Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf – will be honored in a Senior Day ceremony.