May 6, 2016
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Frankie Kamely scored a career-high seven goals, including six in the second half, to lead the top-seeded Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team past fourth-seeded Lehigh, 13-8, in the semifinals of the Patriot League Championships Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
With the win, the Greyhounds (13-5 overall, 9-0 Patriot League) will advance to Sunday's championships game, where they will face second-seeded Navy at noon.
In addition to Kamely's seven goals, junior Cami Whiteford scored twice for Loyola, while senior Maddy Blakeman, junior Emily Clark, redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso and freshman Hannah Powers all contributed one goal. Powers added three assists, while freshman Taylor VanThof, Clark and Tabasso all had one.
For Lehigh (13-5, 6-3), Julianne D'Orazio had four goals, while Allison LaBeau added two.
Kamely started the scoring in the game at 28:50, followed by a strike from Whiteford at 26:27, giving Loyola a 2-0 advantage. The Mountain Hawks got on the board at 25:54, followed by Whiteford's second goal at 24:42, giving Loyola a 3-1 advantage.
The two squads continued to trade goals throughout the remainder of the half, with the Greyhounds holding on to their one-goal lead, 6-5, at the break, as Lehigh had an answer to each of Loyola's first half goals. The Mountain Hawks responded to Blakeman's goal at 14:48, Powers' free-position score at 8:46 and then Clark's goal at 4:40 as time expired in the half.
Lehigh again answered Tabasso's first goal of the second half, but Kamely netted back-to-back goals to give Loyola its first three-goal advantage, 9-6, with 20:09 to play.
D'Orazio scored for the Mountain Hawks at 18:58, to keep Lehigh within two, but Kamely again had Loyola's answer, netting her fourth of the game at 17:05.
A fourth goal from D'Orazio kept the Mountain Hawks within two, but three-straight goals from Kamely and three saves from senior goalkeeper Molly Wolf in the final 5:41 was enough to hold off Lehigh for the 13-8 victory.
Wolf finished the contest with nine saves, while senior Maddy Lesher had three ground balls and two caused turnovers throughout the game.
At the draw, Tabasso led all players with five draw controls.