Late Rally Can't Carry Women's Lacrosse Past Syracuse

April 29, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland scored the game's final four goals to pull into one, but Syracuse University won the final draw control and ran out the clock, as the No. 18 Orange defeated the No. 7/5 Greyhounds, 10-9, in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Syracuse (9-7 overall, 6-1 BIG EAST) broke a 5-5 halftime tie with a Michelle Tumolo goal just 1-minute, 2-seconds into the second half, and the Orange went on a 5-0 run to go ahead 10-5 on Sarah Holden's goal with 8:17 to play.

Grace Gavin broke the Syracuse run with her second goal of the game, unassisted at 7:19, but it appeared the Orange would hold possession and run out the clock from there.

Ana Heneberry caused a Syracuse turnover in its offensive end, and goalie Kerry Stoothoff picked up the ground ball for the Greyhounds. She fed an outlet pass to Taryn VanThof who cleared the ball herself and ran down the right alley, scoring with 2:23 to play.

Loyola (13-2, 5-2) regained possession after another Orange turnover, and VanThof drew a free position shot with a foul inside the 8-meter arc. She deposited a low shot into the net and made it a two-goal game with 1:28 left in regulation.

The Greyhounds won the ensuing draw control, but this time it was Syracuse that forced a turnover. Loyola, however, got the ball back when Syracuse goalie Liz Hogan launched a 40-yard pass that was caught by Stoothoff between midfield and the restraining line.

Loyola ran an offensive set, and Marlee Paton was fouled inside the eight, sending her to the arc for a free-position shot.

Paton converted with 25 ticks on the clock to make it a one-goal game.

On the next draw control, the ball bounced in-and-out of a Loyola stick, and Syracuse's Becca Block picked up the loose ball. The Orange ran out the clock by taking the ball back into their defensive zone.

The teams will likely meet again as the second and third seeds in next week's BIG EAST Championships at Georgetown. Pairings for the tournament that begins on Thursday will be released later this weekend.

Loyola jumped out to a 4-2 lead less than 12 minutes into the game when Gavin scored unassisted at 18:27, and VanThof won the draw control to retain possession for the Greyhounds.

Gavin then worked the ball at the top of the zone and fed a pass to Caroline Hager who was cutting to the middle of the crease. Hager put a shot into the top left of the goal 23 seconds after Gavin's goal for her second of the game.

Syracuse, however, scored the next three to take a 5-4 lead on Alyssa Murray's goal with 6:01 to play before halftime.

Cara Filippelli caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball for Loyola, and Meg Decker dumped a overhand shot into the goal at 2:46 to even the score at 5-5.

Syracuse held a small advantage in shots, 23-22, and 16-15 in shots on goal. Both Hogan and Stoothoff made six saves in the game.

Tumolo led all scorers with three goal and two assists, while Gavin, Hager and VanThof each scored twice for Loyola. Decker, Paton and Abby Rehfuss added the Greyhounds' other goals.

Loyola closes the regular season at home on Sunday when it hosts Connecticut at 1 o'clock. Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will honor their 10 seniors in a brief ceremony starting at 12:45 p.m.