No. 12 Women's Lax Pulls Away From Holy Cross In PL Semis

April 24, 2014

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BALTIMORE - The top-seeded and 12th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team used a five-goal run towards the beginning of the second half to pull away from Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, en route to a 14-10 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex Thursday night.

With their 11th-straight win, the Greyhounds (13-4, 8-0 Patriot League) will advance to Saturday's Patriot League Championship game in their inaugural year in the conference. Fourth-seeded Holy Cross ends its season at 7-13.

Junior Hannah Schmitt led Loyola with four goals, while senior Marlee Paton shared a game-high five points with three goals and two assists. Junior Molly Hulseman tacked on two goals and two assists, while juniors Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof both had two scores. Senior Ali Habicht added one goal and junior Kara Burke rounded out the scoring with an assist.

Kate Martino led all players with five goals, including four on free-position shots, while Laura Ryan had three goals, two on free-position shots. MacKenzie Bozel and Sara Hennessey contributed one score each.

Habicht gave Loyola a 1-0 lead at 28:03 and then a Hulseman goal from Paton at 26:41 put the Greyhounds up 2-0. Holy Cross had an answer at 23:26, before Paton dished out her second assist, this time to VanThof, at 23:05, to keep Loyola ahead, 3-1.

The Crusaders strung together a four-goal run by the 10:35 mark though, converting three free-position shots in the streak, to take their first lead of the game, 5-3.

VanThof won the ensuing draw control and stuck a shot into the back of the net 12 seconds later and Thomas finished a pass from Hulseman at 9:41 to tie the game for a second time, at 5-5.

Paton put the Greyhounds back on top, 6-5, but the Crusaders scored with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 6-6 heading into halftime.

Holy Cross scored the first goal of the second half before the Greyhounds strung together a five-goal run to pull ahead 11-7 at 20:56. Paton scored the first and last goal of the streak, while Schmitt sandwiched two around one from Thomas.

The Crusaders halted the streak with their fourth free position goal at 19:47, before Schmitt netted her 19th career hat trick at 17:23, putting Loyola ahead, 12-8.

Hulseman added to the Greyhounds lead, finishing a pass from Burke, at 13:11, before Martino converted back-to-back free-position goals for Holy Cross, moving the score to 13-10. Schmitt then closed out the scoring in the game with a goal at 4:47 accounting for the final score of 14-10.

Paton, Schmitt and Thomas each caused three turnovers for the Greyhounds, while VanThof finished with four ground balls and five draw controls. Thomas, Habicht, senior Katherine Reinhard and junior Morgan Holleran each added three ground balls.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Boston University in the championship game. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.