Eight Greyhounds Score in No. 16 Loyola's Win at Bucknell

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Annie Thomas recorded five goals and three assists to propel 16th-ranked Loyola past Bucknell 16-5 in Patriot League action on Wednesday night at wet and chilly Graham Field. Katelyn Miller had two goals and an assist and Sam Rickels also scored twice for the Bison.

Marlee Paton tallied four goals and an assist, and Taryn VanThof added two goals for the Greyhounds, who improved to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the Patriot League.

VanThof scored off a feed from Thomas on Loyola's first possession 57 seconds into the match. Loyola won the ensuing draw and was looking for a second early goal, but Andrea Feldman forced a turnover and Lucia Smircich nabbed the ground ball. Smircich passed to Miller near the Bison goal, and then Miller raced about 90 yards down the field for a coast-to-coast goal that evened the game at 1-1.

Thomas started a three-goal run that put Loyola up 4-1 before Rickels scored her second goal of the season for the Bison (0-8, 0-3). With 14:00 left in the half Bucknell appeared to force a turnover behind its own goal, but the Bison could not scoop up the ground ball. Paton then pouned on it and curled in front for the goal. Paton scored again just over two minutes later as part of a 7-1 run to finish the half. Ali Habicht's goal with 2:49 left gave the Greyhounds an 11-3 lead at the break.

Loyola then scored the first five goals of the second half to go up 16-3 before Rickels and an Miller finished the scoring in the final 10 minutes.

Loyola scored its 16 goals on only 24 shots, while the Bison launched 14 shots. Loyola also led 15-13 in ground balls and 13-10 in draw controls. Miller and Caroline Collins logged four draw controls each for Bucknell, and Sophie Kleinert led the team with three ground balls.

Bucknell will be back in action on Saturday at Colgate at 1:00 p.m. Follow the action on the Patriot League Network.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. - Junior Annie Thomas tallied a career-high eight point and led eight Greyhounds in scoring as No. 16 Loyola earned a 16-5 win over Bucknell at William A. Graham Field Wednesday night.

Thomas finished with a personal-best five goals and three assists for a career-high eight points, while senior Marlee Paton added five points on four goals and one assist. Junior Taryn VanThof tacked on two goals for Loyola (5-4, 2-0 Patriot League), and senior Ali Habicht, juniors Kara Burke and Sydney Thomas, sophomore Maddy Blakeman and freshman Cami Whiteford all contributed one score. Junior Molly Hulseman rounded out the scoring with an assist.

For Bucknell (0-8, 0-3), Katelyn Miller and Sam Rickels had two goals each, while Maddy Molinari had one.

Annie Thomas assisted VanThof to get the game started at 29:03, but Bucknell was able to even the score at one with a goal at 27:16. Thomas then tallied two of the game's next three goals, pushing Loyola ahead, 4-1. Thomas' first score came at 23:24, followed by a Burke goal at 21:28. Hulseman then set Thomas up for a fast-break goal at 21:13.

The Bison scored their second goal at 20:30, but the Greyhounds responded by scattering seven goals throughout the remainder of the half, while allowing just one Bucknell goal, to take an 11-3 advantage into halftime. Paton had back-to-back goals in just over two minutes to start the streak, followed by a goal from Sydney Thomas and back-to-back goals from Annie Thomas, putting Loyola up, 9-2 at 5:50. Thomas' goal at 8:01 marked her 14th career hat trick.

Following a Bison goal at 4:36, Blakeman and Habicht found the back of the net to account for the 11-3 halftime advantage.

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