No. 16 Loyola Rallies from Halftime Deficit to Edge #17 Towson

BALTIMORE - No. 16 Loyola gave up just two second-half shots to No. 17 Towson Wednesday night and used the time to score four goals, en route to a 7-6 win over its crosstown rival in a windy and rainy night at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The one-goal victory marks the third-straight year that the rivalry has been decided by one goal, while it is also the seventh-straight year that the home team has been victorious in the series. The win also snaps a four-game losing skid for Loyola (3-4), which saw the Greyhounds drop three-straight one-goal games this season.

Junior Annie Thomas led seven Greyhounds in scoring, tallying two goals and one assist. Classmate Molly Hulseman had one goal and two assists, while redshirt junior Taryn VanThof contributed one goal and one assist. Juniors Kara Burke, Hannah Schmitt and Sydney Thomas all had one goal, with Thomas' becoming the eventual game winner. Senior Ali Habicht rounded out the scoring by adding one assist.

Ashleigh Rohrback led Towson (2-4) by contributing to all six goals that were scored. She finished with one goal and five assists, while Gabby Cha had three goals.

Cha and Rohrback connected three times throughout the first half to give Towson a 5-3 halftime advantage. The Tigers tallied the first two goals of the game by 26:57, before Loyola was able to get three-straight scores from Schmitt, VanThof and Annie Thomas to take a 3-2 lead at 15:11. Rohrback then found Cha, Taylor Moore and Cha, respectively, for the final three goals of the half, accounting for the two-goal halftime advantage.

Loyola answered Towson's three-goal run at the beginning of the second half, firing three-straight goals into the back of the net in a span of 1:17 to take a 6-5 lead at the 22:05 mark. Annie Thomas assisted Burke at 23:22 and then Habicht gave up a free position shot to assist Hulseman at 22:45, tying the game for a second time at 5-5. Paton won the next draw control and Annie Thomas turned it into a goal at 22:05.

Rohrback halted Loyola's run with her lone goal of the day at 17:30, but after causing a turnover, VanThof swung a pass from Annie Thomas behind the goal to Sydney Thomas on goal line extended for the eventual game-winning goal at 15:44.

In goal for the Greyhounds, sophomore Molly Wolf stopped six shots. VanThof won a game-high four draw controls and caused a game-high three turnovers, including the one that set Loyola up for its eventual game-winning opportunity.

Sophomore Maddy Lesher, Habicht, Paton and VanThof all finished with two ground balls, while Paton also had two caused turnovers.

Loyola will open its inaugural season of Patriot League play this weekend as it heads to Lafayette for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday.

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BALTIMORE, Md. Senior Ashleigh Rohrback scored a goal and tied her career high with five assists, but No. 16 Loyola (3-4) overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit to edge No. 17 Towson (2-4) at a windy and rainy Ridley Athletic Complex on Wednesday night.

After allowing five goals in the first half, the Greyhounds shut down the Tiger offense in the second half, holding Towson to one goal and only two shots. Loyola also forced 10 turnovers.

It marked the third year in a row that the two teams played a one-goal game.

"This game was a grind from start to finish," said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. "These are two teams that were searching to rebound. At the end of the day, one team had to win and it turned out to be Loyola.

"Our players worked so hard and gave it everything they had," she added. "We didn't always make the smart play or the smart pass. In a low-scoring game like this, all of those plays become more important."

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