Women's Lacrosse Wins Patriot League Title, Earns NCAA Bid
BALTIMORE - The top-seeded Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team captured its third-straight Patriot League title Sunday afternoon, and fifth conference championship in the last six seasons, knocking off second-seeded Navy, 12-8, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Molly Wolf was named the Patriot League Tournament MVP after collecting 19 saves in the two games, including posting 10 today. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by sophomore Frankie Kamely, senior Maddy Lesher and redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso, in addition to Navy's Molly Doyle, Morgan Young and Jenna Collins, Boston University's Jill Horka and Caroline Meegan, and Lehigh's Julianne D'Orazio and Allison LaBeau.
Kamely led nine Greyhounds in scoring today, netting three goals to post her fifth hat trick of the season. Senior Maddy Blakeman led Loyola (14-5 overall, 9-0 Patriot League) with four points on one goal and three assists, while junior Cami Whiteford added two goals and one assist. Junior Emily Clark, sophomores Margaret Filippelli and Hannah Savage and freshmen Hannah Powers, Tabasso and Taylor VanThof rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
Navy (13-6, 7-2) was led by Morgan Young's two goals and two assists, while Meg O'Donnell and Andi O'Sullivan had two goals each and Jenna Collins finished with three assists.
Whiteford started the scoring in the game, striking at 27:08, followed by Kamely, who converted a free-position shot at 25:51, to move the Greyhounds ahead, 2-0.
Back-to-back goals from the Midshipmen tied the game, 2-2, at 21:29, but it was all Greyhounds for the next 19:37. While Loyola's defense held Navy off the board, the offense scattered six goals throughout that time, with Kamely, Savage, Clark, Tabasso, Powers and VanThof all scoring, respectively, to push Loyola ahead 8-2 with 2:38 to play in the half.
The Midshipmen broke through Loyola's defense at the 1:52 mark, but Blakeman's free-position goal with 12.6 seconds on the clock gave the Greyhounds a 9-3 halftime advantage.
Navy controlled the tempo throughout the start of the second half, but it was only able to get one goal, at 23:26, before Whiteford stuck her second goal of the game into the back of the net at 21:01.
Four-straight goals from the Midshipmen pulled Navy within two, 10-8, with 6:03 to play, but a pair of Greyhound goals in the final two minutes, one from Kamely at 1:54 and one from Filipelli with three seconds remaining, secured the 12-8 win for Loyola.
With 10 saves, Wolf has recorded eight double-digit save games this season, 23 throughout her career, and has moved her career total to 603, making her just the fourth goalie in program history to reach 600 carer saves.
With the win, the Greyhounds will advance to the NCAA Championships for the sixth-straight season, marking their longest streak since participating in nine-consecutive tournaments from 1994-2004.
Loyola will find out its NCAA Championships fate tonight when the NCAA Selection Show is aired on NCAA.com at 9 p.m.