Women's Lacrosse Knocks Off Navy For Second-Straight Patriot League Title

April 26, 2015

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - The top-seeded No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team snagged its second-straight Patriot League title and earned its fifth-straight trip to the NCAA Championships by knocking off third-seeded Navy, 14-9, Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Tournament MVP Kara Burke led the Greyhounds (14-4, 8-0 Patriot League) to their 13th-straight victory, scoring four goals today. For the tournament, she led all players with 11 points on nine goals and two assists.

Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof, senior Hannah Schmitt and junior Maddy Lesher joined Burke on the all-tournament team, as Schmitt netted four goals today and VanThof added two.

Seniors Molly Hulseman, Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

For Navy (14-5, 6-2), Jenna Collins had four goals, while Loren Generi and Morgan Young had two goals apiece.

Loyola opened the game with a 3-0 run, as Hulseman, Burke and VanThof netted unanswered goals, before the Midshipmen used back-to-back scores to pull within one, 3-2, at the 12:20 mark.

VanThof and Burke each tallied a second goal by the 8:46 mark, putting Loyola up three, before another Navy goal moved the score to 5-3.

Burke notched her 12th hat trick of the season with 3:46 remaining in the opening half and back-to-back goals from Schmitt pushed Loyola ahead 8-3.

The Midshipmen closed out the half by scoring on a free-position shot with five seconds remaining, making the halftime score 8-4.

Schmitt notched her 10th hat trick just 21 seconds into the second half before two-straight Navy goals pulled the Midshipmen within three at the 22:05 mark.

Senior Sydney Thomas converted a free-position shot at 21:27, following a goal from sophomore Katrina Geiger at 20:06, to put Loyola up 11-6.

Another pair of goals from Navy pulled the visitors within three for a second time, with 5:50 to play, but that's as close as the Midshipmen would get, as Schmitt, Annie Thomas and Burke scored three of the game's final goals for the 14-9 victory.

Senior Morgan Holleran and Gretchen Mayer, in addition to Burke and Geiger, all had two ground balls, while Geiger had a game-high three caused turnovers.

In goal, junior Molly Wolf had nine saves.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday as it hosts ACC Champion Syracuse in the regular-season finale at 1 p.m. The Greyhounds' senior class will be honored prior to the start of the game.