No. 7 Loyola Ekes out First-Round Win over Penn in Overtime

I was waiting at some point for the goals to break. But we went goal for goal, back-and-forth for a long time, basically the entire game. We were just waiting for that crack. I know for our team, that's really what we needed. Just a little momentum builder, a little crack in the system, to build a couple-goal lead. We just never got to it today. Being able to hang in istough, and being able to finish in those pressure situations is equally as hard.

Paton extended her scoring streak to 25-straight games, leading all players with four goals and one assist. Burke notched her second career hat trick, contributing three goals, while Annie Thomas, Sydney Thomas and Schmitt each added one goal.

For Penn, Caroline Bunting led the way with three goals, while Meredith Cain and Erin Brennan had two goals.

Defensively, Gallagher had a game-high five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Dalton tacked on two caused turnovers and won a game-high five draw controls.

With the win, Loyola will advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the second-straight year and will travel to College Park to face No. 3 seed Maryland at noon on Saturday, May 19. The game will be played at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

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BALTIMORE NCAA Tournament games have a tendency to be dramatic and memorable no matter the sport, and Sunday's first round game between Penn and No. 7 Loyola delivered to the tune of a 10-9 overtime classic won by the Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex. The game featured nine ties and five lead changes, and not once did a team hold a lead by more than one goal.

Loyola's last lead of the game came in the waning seconds off the stick of Hanna Schmitt. The freshman scored with 3.8 seconds remaining in overtime to break one last tie in an extremely close game. The goal for Loyola came after Penn's Meredith Cain was denied on a shot with 20 seconds remaining her look was great and the shot was well-done, but Kerry Stoothoff's 10th save of the game came on a diving play back across her body to deny the Quakers.

The game was tied, 9-9, at that point thanks to a Kerry Burke free position goal with 0.3 seconds left in the first three-minute period of overtime. The Quakers had taken the lead to start overtime on a goal from Cain with 2:39 into extra time, but Loyola won the draw and a foul on Penn with 2.8 seconds left led to Burke's free position attempt.

Penn again won the draw to start the second three minutes of overtime, and held the ball until there was less than 30 seconds left. Penn had the play it wanted, with Brennan finding a cutting Cain, but the shot wasn't meant to be.

Penn was the only team to hold a lead in the second half, pulling ahead by a goal on four different occasions. Much like the first half, scoring was plentiful in the early moments of the second stanza, with five goals in the first 7:37 of play. Courtney Tomchik scored an unassisted goal to give Penn a 7-6 lead at that point, which was cancelled by Kara Burke's goal for Loyola with 17:17 left to play.

Crossing the midway point of the second half in a tie game, both teams pushed hard for the next goal. It took almost 13 minutes for that goal to come, and it was Caroline Bunting who scored unassisted with 4:32 left to give Penn an 8-7 lead.

The 13 minutes without a goal did not reflect the level of action on the field, as the two teams combined for five shots between goals and the defenses ratcheted up the pressure which led to 10 turnovers between the two teams from the time Burke scored until Bunting gave Penn the lead.

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2012-05-13



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