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.
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.
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.
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.