#6 Hoyas Use Late Run to Edge #12 Loyola in Big East Semis

It went back and forth for the next six minutes. Bozel tied the game at 10 off a free position shot and after a Loyola goal Thomas bounced between defenders and tied the game again. Loyola took its last lead after Kara Burke corralled a pipe shot and quickly found the net for a 12-11 lead.

Five straight from the Hoya offense seized the momentum for the Blue and Gray. Lovett shot low off a free position attempt to knot the game at 12 with 9:41 remaining. After a Loyola turnover caused by First Team All-Big East Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) a quick transition led to Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) scoring. Franklin then buried her third of the evening. A draw control win by Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) turned into a spinning stick score from Freedman and Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) gave Georgetown a 16-12 lead with 3:26 to play.

Loyola made one final push and scored twice in less than a minute. Holding a slim two goal lead with two minutes to play Loyola won the draw but the ball was knocked loose and GU's Thomas grabbed the ground ball, which allowed the Hoyas to run out the remainder of the game.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - No. 12 Loyola fell just short of knocking off No. 8 Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament at Multi-Sport Field Thursday night, but a late Hoya run put the tournament hosts on top, 16-14.

The third-seeded Greyhounds (10-8, 6-2 Big East) rallied for six-straight goals to open the second half, giving them their first lead of the game at 10-9, but the second-seeded Hoyas (13-4, 6-2) tied the score three more times before a five-goal run put them ahead for good.

Sophomore Annie Thomas led the way for Loyola with four points on two goals and two assists, while classmate Kara Burke had a team-high three goals, marking her fourth hat trick this year. Junior Marlee Paton and sophomores Hannah Schmitt and Taryn VanThof tacked on two goals each, while seniors Cassandra Cursaro and Joanna Dalton, in addition to sophomore Sydney Thomas, all had one goal.

The Greyhounds started out the game scoring on their first two offensive possessions, but found themself trailing Georgetown, 4-1, by the 21:56 mark. The Hoyas tallied the first two goals of the contest before Paton found Burke for Loyola's first goal at 25:42. Georgetown tacked on two more goals before Annie Thomas came around the back of the goal and pulled the goalie out of the cage to score on an open net.

Three-straight scores from the Hoyas gave them a 7-2 advantage at 15:23, but Sydney Thomas fired a free position shot into the goal and three minutes later, Schmitt sent a laser shot into the back of the net, bringing Loyola within three, 7-4, with 9:01 to play in the half.

Georgetown's goal at 5:16 proved to be the final goal of the first frame, as the Hoyas took an 8-4 advantage into the break.

Another Georgetown goal to open the second half gave the Hoyas their largest lead of the game, 9-4, but the Greyhounds rallied for six-straight goals by the 15:51 mark to take their first lead of the game, 10-9.

Schmitt started the streak when she won the draw control and dodged defenders to score while crossing the face of the cage. Cursaro and VanThof added tallies before Dalton won a ground ball at the restraining line and heaved it up field to Burke, who went one-on-one with Georgetown goalkeeper Barb Black, scoring at 23:29.

Thomas then netted the tying goal at 21:52.

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