No. 12 Loyola Upsets No. 2 Syracuse to Capture Big East Title

“Wow” said beaming Loyola head coach Jen Adams. “I'm very proud of the girls. We played the best game we've played all season, I wish we didn't wait until this late in the season, for it but ... (smiling)”

Loyola sophomore and Big East Midfielder of the Year Marlee Paton had four points, including three goals and the Greyhounds' defense held Syracuse to just seven goals. Syracuse entered the game as the league's top scoring offense averaging 15.3 goals per game.

Greyhounds freshman Kara Burke registered five points, including a team-high four goals. Freshman Annie Thomas also pumped in five points, including a pair of goals. Loyola scored a short-handed goal as Thomas netted her 22nd of the year with 27:28 remaining in the first half. Junior Joanna Dalton had a team-high six draw controls, while Big East Defensive Player of the Year and senior Kellye Gallagher scooped up a game-high six ground balls.

The Orange faced their largest halftime deficit of the year as Loyola held a 7-3 lead at the intermission.

“(The Greyhounds) are really coming into their own and are a very good team. They are well-deserving of a Big East Championship,” said Syracuse bench boss Gary Gait. “It didn't quite go as we planned.”

Big East Attack Player of the Year and Syracuse junior Michelle Tumolo led the Orange offense with three points, including two goals. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino had nine saves in 51:38 of game action. Syracuse finished with just two caused turnovers, while Loyola had eight.

With the win, Loyola earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The Loyola men's team also won their conference tournament (the ECAC) giving the school a conference tournament sweep.

All-Tournament Team
Kelly Barnes, Georgetown
Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse
Becca Block, Syracuse
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse
Kara Burke, Loyola
Joanna Dalton, Loyola
Ana Heneberry, Loyola
Kellye Gallagher, Loyola
Annie Thomas, Loyola
Marlee Paton, Loyola
Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola

Most Outstanding Player
Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola

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