Loyola Maryland Wins Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship

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April 26, 2014

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central

BALTIMORE, Md. - The first Patriot League title for any team at Loyola University Maryland came in decisive fashion on Saturday as the top-seed Greyhounds cruised to an 18-7 win over third-seed Boston University in the championship of the 2014 Women's Lacrosse Tournament at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds (14-4), who won their 12th game in a row overall and finished 8-0 in the Patriot League, will advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. Brackets will be announced next Sunday, with the first and second rounds played on May 9 & 11. Loyola won a conference title for the third time in four years after claiming the BIG EAST crown in 2011 and 2012.

Boston University (9-10) got on the board first with a goal by Lindsay Weiner three minutes into the game, but after that it was all Greyhounds. Loyola went on an eight-goal run in a span of 10:32 to take control. Kara Burke led the way with three goals during the stretch, while Hannah Schmitt had two, Taryn VanThof had a goal and assist and Marlee Paton and Annie Thomas each scored as well. BU stopped the charge on a goal by Jill Horka, but Paton answered with two straight goals and Burke added another as Loyola took an 11-2 lead before BU made it 11-3 on a goal by Mallory Collins right before the half.

Elizabeth Morse opened the scoring in the second half for BU, but the Terriers would never get closer than seven goals after intermission. Ali Habicht and VanThof scored to put Loyola up 13-4. Weiner and Horka scored to get BU within 14-7 with 16:30 left, but the Greyhounds put the game away from there by tallying the final four goals of the contest, including two more from Paton, for the 18-7 win.

 

 

Paton earned the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player award as she led the Greyhounds with five goals in the championship game after putting up three goals and two assists in a 14-10 semifinal win over fourth-seed Holy Cross on Saturday. Paton earns the honor after also being named Midfield Player of the Year in the Patriot League.

Hannah Schmitt joined Paton on the All-Tournament Team after scoring three goals and adding an assist in the championship and finishing with seven goals and an assist in the tournament. VanThof had two goals, an assist and seven draw controls on Saturday to also make the All-Tournament Team for Loyola along with Maddy Lesher, who led the Greyhound defense throughout the weekend.

Burke matched Paton with five goals on Saturday, while Thomas had a goal and two assists. Molly Wolf got the win with six saves in goal. Loyola was a perfect 11-of-11 on clear attempts, and also held the edge on shots (29-23), ground balls (13-8) and draw controls (16-9). Loyola tied the Patriot League Championship record with 18 goals, matching Navy's 18-11 win over Holy Cross in 2012.

The Greyhounds are the 11th No. 1 seed to win the title in the 14 seasons of the Patriot League Tournament. Loyola is the eighth team to go unbeaten in League play and also win the League Tournament, and third in a row after Navy did it the past two seasons as part of its run of four straight titles that ended this year.

Like the Greyhounds, the Terriers made it to the Patriot League title game in their inaugural season in the conference after topping four-time defending champion and second-seed Navy 13-12 in the semifinals on Thursday. Horka led the way with three goals on Saturday, while Weiner tallied a pair. Both players made the Patriot League All-Tournament Team along with Becca Church for the Terriers.

The rest of the 11-member Patriot League All-Tournament Team included Holy Cross' Kate Martino and Sara Hennessey and Navy's Loren Generi and Aimee Gennaro.

For all of the box scores and recaps from each game of the tournament, go to Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central

Patriot League Tournament MVP: Marlee Paton, Loyola

Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Marlee Paton, Loyola
Hannah Schmitt, Loyola
Taryn VanThof, Loyola
Maddy Lesher, Loyola
Jill Horka, Boston University
Lindsay Weiner, Boston University
Becca Church, Boston University
Loren Generi, Navy
Aimee Gennaro, Navy
Kate Martino, Holy Cross
Sara Hennessey, Holy Cross