CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team saw its season come to a close Friday night at North Carolina's Fetzer Field, as the Greyhounds fell to No. 12 Duke, 14-8, in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Senior Maddy Blakeman, junior Cami Whiteford and redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso led the Greyhounds (14-6 overall, 9-0 Patriot League) with two goals each, while sophomore Hannah Savage and freshman Hannah Powers added one goal and one assist each.
For Duke (11-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), Kyra Harney led all players with four goals and five points, while Olivia Jenner won 10 draw controls. 11-8
Whiteford netted the game's first two goals, but the Blue Devils responded with a five-goal run to turn their deficit into a three-goal advantage, 5-2, with 15:08 to play in the opening half.
Blakeman finished a pass from Savage at 10:54 to extend her scoring streak to 20-straight games, but Duke maintained its three-goal advantage by scoring at 6:49. Tabasso's goal at 2:12 cut the Greyhounds' deficit to two, 6-4, at halftime.
The Blue Devils stretched their lead to four, 8-4, with back-to-back goals by the 23:46 mark, but Powers and Blakeman netted unassisted tallies within one minute of each other to bring Loyola back within two, 8-6, with 20:11 left to play.
Duke answered one minute later and added four more goals by the six-minute mark to extend its lead to seven, 13-6.
Tabasso halted the streak, firing a goal into the back of the net at 4:44, before the Blue Devils answered at 3:34. Savage's man-up goal, assisted by Powers, with 26 seconds remaining closed out the scoring in the game, bringing the final score to 14-8.
Defensively, senior Maddy Lesher had three caused turnovers to conclude her career with 109, the program's second-best career total, while she also added a game-high five ground balls to move her four-year total to 167, which stands fifth at Loyola. For the season, her 50 caused turnovers ranks second in program history, while her 63 ground balls ranks tied for seventh.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf stopped nine shots today to finish with 612 throughout her career, ranking her fourth on Loyola's career saves list.
At the draw, Tabasso won two today to finish with 62 for the season, the seventh-best single season total in program history.
In addition to Lesher and Wolf, seniors Shannon Aikens and Maddy Blakeman conclude their careers with an overall record of 57-25, including a 32-1 mark in conference games, three-straight Patriot League titles and four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.