April 26, 2014
BALTIMORE - The top-seeded and 12th-ranked women's lacrosse team captured Loyola University Maryland it's first-ever Patriot League Championship Saturday afternoon, tying a tournament record 18 goals in an 18-7 win over Boston University at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Greyhounds (14-4, 8-0 Patriot League) secured their 12th-straight victory and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking Loyola's fourth-straight NCAA appearance.
"I couldn't be more proud of our team today," Patriot League Coach of the Year Jen Adams said. "Boston University's been playing such great lacrosse of late, so to see us come out in the championship game and put together 60 minutes of consistent, team lacrosse is exciting at this point in the season. I'm so excited for our team to be able to walk out of here today with the school's first-ever Patriot League Championship."
Senior Marlee Paton, the Tournament MVP, finished with seven goals, two assists, nine points, five draw controls and three caused turnovers in the two games, while junior Hannah Schmitt, junior Taryn VanThof and sophomore Maddy Lesher joined Paton on the All-Tournament Team.
Junior Kara Burke led all players today with a career-high five goals today, while Paton added four and Schmitt tacked on three with one assist. VanThof added two goals and an assist, while junior Annie Thomas contributed one goal and one assist while being face guarded. Senior Ali Habicht and junior Molly Hulseman rounded out the scoring for the Greyhounds with one goal each.
Jill Horka led Boston University (9-10, 5-3) with three goals and Lindsay Weiner added two.
The Terriers got on the board first, scoring at the 27-minute mark, but the Greyhounds responded by rattling off eight-straight goals, its second-longest goal streak of the season, to take an 8-1 advantage by the 8:40 mark. VanThof started the scoring at 19:12, before Burke, Schmitt and Paton notched their first goals of the day by 15:14.
Burke scored her second on a free-position shot at 14:02 and Schmitt tallied her second at 13:05. Burke then completed her ninth career hat trick at 12:07 and Thomas capped off the run at 8:40.
Boston halted the streak at 5:52, but Paton found the back of the net twice within 40 seconds to push Loyola ahead, 10-2, at the 4:15 mark. Burke then capped off a three-goal Greyhound run with a score at 1:09 and a Terriers' goal as time expired in the half gave Loyola an 11-3 advantage at the break.
The Terriers opened the second half scoring, but Habicht and VanThof tallied goals within 16 seconds to push Loyola ahead, 13-4. Boston attempted a comeback, stringing together a 3-1 run, but four-straight goals from the Greyhounds closed out the game, giving Loyola an 18-7 victory.
VanThof finished the game with eight draw controls, while Paton and Lesher added three each. Thomas, Habicht and Lesher also had two caused turnovers and sophomore Molly Wolf added three ground balls to go with six saves.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday when they travel to No. 1 Syracuse to close out the regular season. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m., in the Carrier Dome.
All-Patriot League Tournament Team
Maddy Lesher, Loyola
Marlee Paton, Loyola
Hannah Schmitt, Loyola
Taryn VanThof, Loyola
Becca Church, Boston University
Jill Horka, Boston University
Lindsay Weiner, Boston University
Loren Generi, Navy
Aimee Gennaro, Navy
Sara Hennessey, Holy Cross
Kate Martino, Holy Cross
Patriot League Tournament MVP: Marlee Paton, Loyola