May 9, 2014
From Loyola Athletic Communications
NEWTOWN, Mass. - The No. 9/12 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team knocked off No. 14 Massachusetts 10-4 Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Boston College Lacrosse Complex to advance to Sunday's second round game against the host Eagles.
The win marked the fourth-straight year that the Greyhounds (15-5) have won their first game of the tournament, and second straight for the Patriot League after Navy recorded a victory against Monmouth last season.
Junior Hannah Schmitt led Loyola with three goals and an assist, while classmates Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas had two goals and two assists each. Senior Ali Habicht added one goal and an assist, and juniors Kara Burke and Taryn VanThof rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
Sam Rush led UMass with two goals, while Melissa Carelli and Courtney McGrath had one goal each.
Sydney Thomas started the scoring after junior Gretchen Mayer caused a turnover. Thomas then finished a pass from Schmitt at 25:30 to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage.
Molly Wolf intercepted a Minutewomen pass on their next possession and Annie Thomas assisted Schmitt at 24:31, before UMass was able to get on the board at 20:39, moving the score to 2-1.
Annie Thomas sored at 18:32, assisted by Sydney Thomas, but the Minutewomen had another answer at 13:39 to keep within one, 3-2.
Schmitt converted a free position shot at 8:53 to keep Loyola ahead, but UMass' goal at 6:48 sent the squads into the locker room with the Greyhounds up one, 4-3, at halftime.
Out of the break, Sydney Thomas scored, assisted by Annie Thomas, and then assisted Burke to put Loyola up 6-3 at 20:37. Annie Thomas, assisted by Habicht, capped off a three-goal Loyola run, which gave the Greyhounds a four-goal advantage, 7-3, with 19:36 to play.
The Minutewomen's goal at 16:11 would be the only one that Wolf and the Loyola defense would give up in the second half, as the Greyhounds closed out the game with three-straight scores from Habicht, VanThof and Schmitt, respectively, to account for the final 10-4 score.
Defensively, sophomore Maddy Lesher held Katie Ferris, the ninth-ranked player in the NCAA in points this year, without one point, while she finished the game with one ground ball.
Wolf also came up with 10 saves in cage, marking her fifth 10-plus-save game this season, while she added a career-high four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Senior Katherine Reinhard also scooped up a career-best four ground balls in the contest.
Loyola will return to action on Sunday when it faces No. 5/6 ranked and seventh-seeded Boston College in the second round at 1 p.m. at the BC Lacrosse Complex.