Loyola, Boston University Advance to Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship

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April 24, 2014

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BALTIMORE, Md. - The two new members will square off for the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship in their first season as No. 12/13 Loyola University Maryland and Boston University each won exciting semifinal games in the League Tournament on Thursday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The top-seed Greyhounds (13-4) fell behind early in the second half before going ahead for good with a five-goal run and going on to a 14-10 win over fourth-seed Holy Cross (7-12) in the first semifinal.

Third-seed Boston University (9-9) put an end to the four-year run of championships for second-seed Navy (14-3) with a dramatic 13-12 win over the Mids in the nightcap. After Navy scored five straight goals to go ahead 12-10, BU scored the last three in the final eight minutes including the game-winner by Elizabeth Morse with 19 seconds left to dethrone the Mids.

Boston University will visit Loyola for the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both squads are playing for their first Patriot League title in women's lacrosse, while the Greyhounds will go for the school's first crown in any League sport.

More information on the entire tournament is available at Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central.

2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament
Semifinals - Ridley Athletic Complex - Baltimore, Md.

at #1 Loyola 14, #4 Holy Cross 10
Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. - A five-goal run early in the second half gave top-seed Loyola (13-4) the lead for good and the Greyhounds went on to a 14-10 win over fourth-seed Holy Cross (7-12) in the semifinals of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds win their 11th game in a row and move on to the Patriot League Championship in their first season in the League, and will meet fellow new member Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ridley.

Loyola jumped out to a 3-1 lead less than seven minutes into the game, but Holy Cross surged ahead with a four-goal run that included three free-position goals to go ahead 5-3 with just over 10 minutes left in the first half. Loyola re-claimed the lead with three straight goals, but Holy Cross scored in the final seconds to even the score at 6-6 at halftime.

Sara Hennessey scored to put Holy Cross up 7-6 early in the second half, but Loyola took control from there with the five consecutive goals. Hannah Schmitt and Marlee Paton scored twice during the stretch while Annie Thomas added one as the Greyhounds went up 11-7 with 20:56 to play in the game. Holy Cross would not go away easily and got back within 13-10 with just over five minutes to play before Loyola iced the win with Schmitt's fourth second-half goal.

The Greyhounds win their first Patriot League Tournament game as the No. 1 seed stays perfect at 14-0 in the semifinal round. Paton had three goals and two assists while Schmitt added the four goals. Molly Husleman had two goals and two assists, and Thomas and Taryn VanThof each added two goals. Molly Wolf made six saves in the nets and the Greyhounds caused 16 Holy Cross turnovers in the game.

Kate Martino led the Crusaders with five goals, while Laura Ryan added three goals and an assist. Sarah Weber made eight saves for the Crusaders, who were trying to make it to the Patriot League title game for the third year in a row.

#3 Boston University 13 vs. #2 Navy 12
Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. - After giving up a three-goal lead, third-seed Boston University (9-9) scored the final three goals including the game-winner with 19.6 seconds left to knock out four-time defending champion second-seed Navy (14-3) in the semifinals of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Thursday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

BU, which beat Lehigh 14-9 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday in its first League Tournament game, advances to the League Championship against Loyola on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ridley. Navy had won four consecutive Patriot League titles, and fails to make the title game for the first time since 2008.

Navy took an early 2-1 lead, but BU controlled the rest of the first half. The Terriers went on a three-goal run for a 4-2 advantage, and closed the period with the last three goals while keeping Navy off the board for the final 12 minutes to take an 8-4 lead at the half.

Navy scored the first two goals of the second half, and was down 10-7 with 18 minutes to play before taking over with five straight goals in a stretch of 8:15. Loren Generi evened the score at 10-10 on a free-position shot with 10:27 left, and Katie Gallagher scored 23 seconds later to give Navy its first lead since the early minutes. Jill Coughlin had the first and last goals of the run as Navy went up 12-10 with 9:03 left. Jenny Thompson got the Terriers within 12-11 with 7:51 left, and BU tied up the game at 12-12 with a goal by Jill Horka with 2:07 to go. The Terriers won the next draw and drew a pentalty, with Elizabeth Morse converting the game-winning goal with 19.6 seconds left to send BU to the title game.

Thompson and Becca Church led the Terriers with three goals apiece, while Horka, Taylor Hardison and Sydney Godett each scored twice. The Terriers were 14-15 on clears in the game, while Christina Sheridan made eight saves in the game. BU won its second dramatic game against Navy after a 9-8 victory in Annapolis to snap the Mids' 15-game Patriot League win streak on March 22 in Annapolis.

Navy falls to 14-3 for the season, and will now await the selections of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament next week in hopes of earning an at-large berth. Gennaro led the Mids with three goals, while Generi had two goals, an assist and 11 draw controls. Coughlin, Katie Gallagher and Jess Fellows each added two goals apiece.