BALTIMORE - Senior Cami Whiteford tied a career-high of five goals, sophomore Kady Glynn recorded 14 saves and sophomore Taylor VanThof broke the program’s single-season draw control record, as the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team earned a 15-8 win over Bucknell at Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday night.
Whiteford scored on all five of her first-half shots, while the Greyhounds (8-7, 7-0 Patriot League) shot 75 percent through the first 30 minutes, scoring nine goals on 12 shots, to cruise to a 9-3 halftime advantage.
Defensively, Glynn stopped 14 shots throughout the game to mark her sixth double-digit save game of the season and her fourth in Patriot League play.
On the draw, VanThof won three draw controls to move her season total to 123 and break Loyola’s single-season school record that was previous set at 122 by her older sister, Taryn (’15) in 2014.
For the game, Whiteford led nine Greyhounds in scoring, as freshman Holly Lloyd contributed a personal-best three goals and four points, and senior Emily Clark, juniors Katrina Geiger and Frankie Kamely, and sophomores Emily Cooper, Lindsey Ehrhardt, Hannah Powers and VanThof scored one goal each. Junior Hannah Savage led all players with three assists, while Powers added two helpers and sophomore Sabrina Tabasso, Geiger and Lloyd added one apiece.
Courtney Burke led Bucknell (9-5, 4-3) with three goals and four points.
Powers assisted Whiteford at 26:15 to start the scoring in the game and then tacked on a goal of her own at 25:13 to put Loyola up 2-0.
Bucknell cut its deficit to one at 24:14 and again at 20:50, following Whiteford’s second goal at 21:51. Whiteford completed her 10th hat trick of the season at 17:43 though, sparking a five-goal run for the Greyhounds. Behind scores from Lloyd, a fourth from Whiteford, one from Clark and a second from Lloyd, respectively, Loyola pulled ahead 8-2 by the 7:46 mark.
The Bison halted Loyola’s streak at 2:26 before Whiteford tied her career-high fifth goal by taking a clear attempt from the defensive end straight to goal with 49.4 seconds left in the half.
Bucknell, facing a 9-3 halftime deficit, scored first out of the break, but Lloyd got the goal back for the Greyhounds, recording her first career hat trick at the 27:15 mark.
Geiger then went coast-to-coast for the Greyhounds, firing her first goal of the day into the back of the net, putting Loyola up 11-4.
Back-to-back goals from the Bison brought Bucknell within five, at 11-6, before Kamely’s free position goal at 12:55 moved the score to 12-6.
The Bison again sandwiched goals around one from VanThof, before Cooper and Ehrhardt closed out the scoring in the game, bringing the final score to 15-8.
Defensively, Geiger tied her personal-best of five ground balls, while senior Taylor O’Connell finished with a game-high three caused turnovers.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday for Senior Day, when Lafayette visits Ridley Athletic Complex for a 1 p.m. contest.