BALTIMORE - The 16th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse picked up a 14-7 win over Boston University in the semifinals of the Patriot League Championships Friday at Ridley Athletic Complex to advance to Sunday's championship game.
The Greyhounds will face the winner of tonight's second semifinal game between second-seeded Colgate and third-seeded Navy.
Senior Kara Burke led all players with five goals tonight, while classmates Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas tacked on three goals each for Loyola (13-4, 8-0 Patriot League) and Annie Thomas added two goals and two assists. Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof had the Greyhounds' final goal.
Mallory Collins led Boston University (8-9, 5-3 Patriot League) with three goals.
The Greyhounds' defense held strong through the first half, giving up just one goal throughout the period, to get Loyola a 5-1 advantage at the break.
Schmitt started the scoring at 23:54 to extend her point streak to 26-straight games, before Burke netted back-to-back scores at 23:32 and 14:44, respectively. Annie Thomas assisted Sydney Thomas at 14:15 to mark a fourth-straight goal, before Burke completed her 11th hat trick of the season, and 21st of her career, at 9:29.
The Terriers lone goal came at the 8:39 mark.
Loyola opened the scoring in the second half with three-straight goals from Annie Thomas, Burke and Schmitt to pull ahead 8-1 at the 25:06 mark. The Terriers answered with three of their own though, cutting their deficit to four, 8-4, with 22:43 left to play.
Schmitt and Annie Thomas each netted unassisted goals to snap BU's streak before back-to-back goals from Boston University moved the score to 10-6 with 12:17 remaining.
Burke and Sydney Thomas scored before the Terriers were able to score their final goal of the game at 3:37. VanThof and Sydney Thomas then closed out the game with back-to-back goals to make the final score 14-7.
VanThof finished the contest with a game-high eight draw controls.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Sunday when they host the championship game at 1 p.m.