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No. 8 Virginia Escapes With 10-9 Win Over No. 6 Loyola In Season Opener
Feb. 16, 2013
BALTIMORE - Freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf turned back 11 shots in her collegiate debut, but it would not be enough as No. 8 Virginia escaped Ridley Athletic Complex with a 10-9 victory over the sixth-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon.
Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof led the Greyhounds (0-1) offensively, tying a career-high three goals in her first game back after being sidelined last year due to injury. Junior All-American Marlee Paton extended her point-streak to 27-straight games, contributing one goal and one assist, while senior Joanna Dalton and sophomores Kara Burke, Molly Hulseman, Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas each tacked on one score.
For Virginia (1-0), Casey Bocklet and Ashley Warner shared a game-high of four points. Bocklet finished with three goals and an assist, and Warner tacking on two goals and a game-high two assists.
Wolf set the pace defensively for the Greyhounds early in the game, turning back the first collegiate shot she saw before sending it the other direction, where VanThof stuck a shot into the back of the net for the first goal of the year at 28:50.
Virginia had an answer for each of Loyola's first three goals though, before back-to-back tallies from Dalton and Hulseman gave the Greyhounds their largest lead of the game, 5-3, with 7:44 to play in the first half.
Warner scored for the Cavaliers at 4:28 to cut their deficit to one. UVa then attempted to even the score with a free position shot as time expired in the first half, but Wolf collected her sixth save of the day to send Loyola into the break with a one-goal advantage, 5-4.
The Cavaliers found their first lead early in the second half amidst a five-goal run that was capped off at the 25:10 mark, giving Virginia an 8-5 lead. The Greyhounds strung together their comeback though, tallying four of the next five goals, including two in a 10-second span from Paton and Sydney Thomas that tied the game at nine with 7:16 to play.
Virginia broke the stalemate at the 5:29 mark, but the Greyhounds were unable to find an answer, as they fell, 10-9.
VanThof led the Greyhounds on the draw, winning three, while Paton had a game-high four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Freshman Maddy Lesher scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers in her collegiate debut. Wolf also scooped up two ground balls throughout the game.
The Greyhounds will return to action next weekend when they host Penn State in the first game of a doubleheader with Loyola's men's lacrosse team. The women's squad will host the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., before the men take on No. 2 Maryland at 1:30 p.m.