No. 9 Penn State Jumps to Early Lead, Downs No. 12 Loyola

Penn State had the next score at 19:32, but Paton gave up a free position attempt 22 seconds later and assisted Annie Thomas to bring the score to 5-3.

That would be all that the Greyhounds would score for the remainder of the half, while the Nittany Lions accounted for four more scores to take a 9-3 advantage into halftime.

Penn State extended its lead to eight by scoring the first two goals of the second half, but the Greyhounds rattled off four-straight scores after putting freshman Taylor Caldwell into goal. Habicht scored first, followed by Thomas. Burke then notched back-to-back goals within 29 seconds to cut Loyola's deficit to four, at 11-7.

That would be as close as Loyola would get though, as Penn State responded with five-straight goals to take its largest lead of day, 16-7, at 18:10.

Schmitt halted the Nittany Lions' run with a goal at 15:48 and Habicht and Burke completed their first hat tricks of the season at 11:32 and 9:03, respectively, but Penn State snuck another goal in at 7:08.

VanThof scored her second goal of the day at 3:23, but the Nittany Lions closed out the scoring in the game at 56.1, bringing the finals core to 18-11.

Senior Marlee Paton led the Greyhounds with a game-high five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while VanThof had a game-high five draw controls. Habicht also won three draws and Paton had two.

In goal, sophomore Molly Wolf stopped four shots and freshman Taylor Caldwell, playing in her first collegiate contest, turned back the first two shots she saw.

Loyola will return to home on Wednesday when it hosts crosstown-rival Towson at Ridley Athletic Complex. Opening draw is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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