May 19, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 6 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Saturday afternoon, falling to the No. 3 Maryland Terrapins, 17-11, in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Greyhounds wrap up the season with a 14-6 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play and their second-straight conference championship.
"It's a tough loss because this team has fought so hard," head coach Jen Adams said. "We're a young group and they've shown so much character. We worked so hard to get to where we got to, so it makes it a lot harder as a coach when you have to send off your seniors and you don't get to accomplish your final goal, which was to win an NCAA Championship.
"But I thought we put up a heck of a fight against a really tough Maryland side. I give Maryland a lot of credit and a lot of respect, obviously, they're a tough team to play. I thought at moments, we really stuck with them and showed that we could contend with anyone in the nation."
Loyola was led today by freshman Hannah Schmitt, who tied a career-high of six points on five goals and one assist. Junior Joanna Dalton and sophomore Ali Habicht each tacked on two goals, while freshman Annie Thomas contributed one goal and one assist and classmate Sydney Thomas added one score. Sophomore Marlee Paton was held without a goal for the first time this season, but she dished out an assist to stretch her point streak to 26-straight games.
For Maryland (19-3), ACC Player of the Year Katie Schwarzmann had a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists, while Brooke Griffin also had four goals. Karri Ellen Johnson, Kristy Black, Alex Aust and Kelly McPartland all had two goals for the Terrapins.
The Greyhounds opened the game with a free position goal from Dalton at the 28-minute mark, but the Terrapins had an answer, scoring in transition at 25:41.
Loyola answered after Maryland was called for being offsides, as Schmitt spun and fired a goal into the back of the net at 21:05. She then assisted Annie Thomas at 20:37 and converted a free position shot at 14:20 to put the Greyhounds up, 5-3.
Maryland answered with a five-goal run in five minutes though, taking an 8-5 lead with eight minutes to play.
The Greyhounds, who were held scoreless for 13 minutes, broke the streak at 1:14, cutting their deficit to two, at 8-6. Loyola then looked to have an opportunity to come within one, but the Terrapins intercepted a pass behind the goal and scored on an open net with 19 seconds remaining to take a 9-6 advantage into halftime.
Habicht scored the first goal into the second half, sticking a pass from Paton into the back of the net at 26:26. Barranco then assisted Schmitt 24 seconds later to bring the Greyhounds within one, 9-8, at 26:02.
That would be as close as the Greyhounds would get though, as Maryland responded with back-to-back goals by 17:44. Dalton wouldn't allow the Terrapins a third-straight score, converting a free position shot at 16:26 to bring the score to 11-9. Maryland scored six of the game's next seven goals though to stretch its lead to 17-10 with 4:27 to play.
Schmitt notched the game's final goal on a free position shot at 3:32, closing out the contest with a 17-11 final score.
"It was not for a lack of effort, or for a lack of wanting it or for a lack of desire," Adams said. "I just hope our seniors don't define themselves by this game, because they've been outstanding. There are only four of them, but what they bring to this program, the quality, the leadership, the character and the integrity; it's something that as a coach, you miss. And that makes today's loss really tough."
Loyola's senior class of Kellye Gallagher, Ana Heneberry, Kerry Stoothoff and Virginia Weber conclude their careers with a 53-22 overall record, three BIG EAST Tournament appearances and two conference titles. They advanced to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back years, a feat that had not been accomplished by the Greyhounds since 2004, and hold school records for wins in a season (17 in 2010) and conference wins in a season (seven in 2011).
In goal, Stoothoff turned back eight shots today to finish her career with 536 saves, the fifth-best four-year total in program history. She also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the game to finish her career with 161 ground balls - the sixth-best career mark in Loyola history - and 57 caused turnovers.
Heneberry and Gallagher conclude their careers as two of the most dynamic defenders to ever play together. The second and third players, respectively, to reach the 100 career ground balls and 100 career caused turnovers plateau, the duo has consistently teamed to shut down opponents top attackers. Gallagher, the Greyhounds' single-season record holder for caused turnovers this year, with 54, also ranks second on the program's career records with 125. Heneberry sits close behind Gallagher with 122 career caused turnovers.
Weber concludes her career as the only member of the class to score a goal, while she also had 35 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
Throughout their careers, they earned honors such as All-American, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, BIG EAST Tournament MVP, All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST.