SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The No. 16 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team held off No. 3 Syracuse, 9-8, in the regular-season finale at SU Soccer Stadium Saturday afternoon to extend its win streak to 14-straight games, the longest in the nation.
Senior Kara Burke led the Greyhounds (15-4) with four points on two goals and two assists, while classmate Hannah Schmitt also scored twice to notch her 50th goal of the season. Burke now has a team-best 54 goals, while Schmitt has 51, making them the second pair of Greyhounds with 50 goals in the season and first since Stacey Morlang (63 goals) and Suzanne Eyler (51g) in 2002.
Six other Greyhounds also contributed to the scoring, with senior Annie Thomas contributing one goal and one assist, senior Sydney Thomas, junior Maddy Blakeman, redshirt sophomore Katrina Geiger and sophomore Emily Clark all adding one goal, and redshirt senior Taryn VanThof tacking on two assists.
Syracuse (14-7), this year's ACC Champions, was led by Kayla Treanor's game-high three goals.
Defense carried the two squads through the first half, with the game's first goal coming over 13 minutes into play, when the Orange found the back of the net at 16:24.
Burke scored at 12:18 to knot the score, before Syracuse regained the lead over eight minutes later, with a goal at 4:11.
Back-to-back scores from Geiger and Schmitt within a 17-second span saw Loyola take its first lead of the game, 4-2 at 3:21, before a third-straight Greyhound goal gave Loyola a 4-2 halftime advantage.
Annie Thomas scored first out of the break, before Syracuse answered with a goal at 28:13. Annie Thomas then assisted Burke at 25:22 to tie the program's single-season record for assists, dishing out her 46th. Erika Mawhorr has held the school record at 46 since 1993.
The Orange notched their fourth goal at the 24:01 mark before back-to-back scores for Loyola, from Blakeman and Schmitt, respectively, gave the Greyhounds their largest lead of the day, 8-4, with 15:57 to play.
Syracuse netted consecutive goals for the first time at 15:36 and 14:14, before Clark secured the win by scoring on a free-position shot, her first goal of the season, at 9:33.
The Orange recorded the final two goals of the game at 3:51 and 3:20 to bring the final tally to 9-8.
In goal, junior Molly Wolf stopped 13 shots to record her 12th-career 10-plus save game and fourth of the season. She also caused a game-high four turnovers and picked up a game-high five ground balls.
Geiger added four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while VanThof won two draw controls.
Loyola will find out its NCAA Championships fate Sunday night when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9 p.m.