No. 17 Greyhounds Ground the Golden Eagles

MILWAUKEE No. 17 Loyola Maryland was too much for Marquette University on Sunday afternoon as the Greyhounds topped the Golden Eagles 17-2 at Valley Fields.

Marquette (2-12) seniors Lisa Beltramello, Katie Bathon, Jacqueline Dubois and manager Chloe Johnson were honored in a pregame ceremony, while the Golden Eagles used the afternoon to show their support for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. MU raised almost $7,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer.

Freshmen Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza scored the lone goals for Marquette with Brown's team-leading 20th tally of the year coming at the 18:56 mark of the opening half. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 5-0 lead prior to Brown's marker and led 14-1 early in the second half when Costanza added MU's final goal with 25:24 left in the second.

Three Greyhounds (7-6) recorded hat tricks on the afternoon, led by senior Joanna Dalton, who scored three goals and added an assist. Senior Ashley Cahill and junior Ali Habicht also contributed four points for Loyola, while 11 players chipped in at least one point.

Loyola led 13-1 at halftime and had racked up a 22-3 advantage in shots on goal in the first. The Greyhounds outshot MU 32-8 for the game and held a slim 22-20 edge in ground balls.

Marquette concludes its 2013 home schedule 1-6 at Valley Fields.

The Golden Eagles will hit the road for their final three games of the 2013 season, beginning at Connecticut on Friday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. CT.

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Eleven Greyhounds contributed to the attack Sunday afternoon as No. 17 Loyola earned a 17-2 win in a non-conference contest versus Marquette at Valley Fields.

Seniors Cassandra Cursaro and Joanna Dalton, in addition to sophomore Kara Burke, led Loyola (7-6, 3-1 Big East) with three goals each, while senior Ashley Cahill and junior Ali Habicht shared a game-high of four points. Cahill recorded two goals and two assists, while Habicht had one goal and a career-high three assists.

Senior Kathleen Barranco, junior Marlee Paton, sophomores Molly Hulseman and Taryn VanThof, and freshman Katrina Geiger all added one score and freshman Shannon Aikens notched her first career point with an assist.

For Marquette (2-12), Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza recorded goals.

The Greyhounds rattled off four goals in the first five minutes of play, with Dalton getting Loyola on the board at 29:05. Burke, Paton and Kathleen Barranco then added to the tallies, forcing Marquette to call a timeout.

Out of the break, Dalton netted her second goal of the day, before the Golden Eagles were able to find the back of the net at 18:56. The rest of the half would be all Loyola though. Burke sparked an eight-goal run to close out the half at 18:16. Hulseman then added a goal at 16:48 before Cursaro put away back-to-back passes from Cahill within 11 seconds to give the Greyhounds a 9-1 advantage.

Habicht recorded her first goal of the season at 14:21, assisted by Aikens, giving the freshman her first career point, before a free position goal from Geiger put Loyola on top, 11-1.

Goals from VanThof and Cursaro closed out the half, with Cursaro's third goal at the 33-second mark giving the senior her first hat trick of the season.

Dalton opened the second half by completing her third hat trick of the season, eighth of her career, at 28:35, before Marquette scored at 25:24.

Burke then notched her second hat trick of the season at 15:55 before Cahill closed out the game with two goals in the final 31 seconds, bringing the final score to 17-2.

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