No. 16 Loyola Uses Stingy Defense to Defeat Lehigh

BALTIMORE - No. 16 Loyola used solid offense and stingy defense to down Lehigh, 12-4, in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The win marks the fourth straight for the Greyhounds (6-4) and moves them to 3-0 in the Patriot League.

Senior Marlee Paton, junior Annie Thomas and junior Taryn VanThof led Loyola with two goals and one assist each, while junior Kara Burke chipped in two goals. Senior Ali Habicht, juniors Elizabeth Barranco and Molly Hulseman and freshman Cami Whiteford all contributed one score.

For Lehigh (4-5, 2-2 Patriot League), Krista Dampman, Kendall Garden, Emily Solenberger and Carli Sukonik all had one goal.

The Greyhounds got the scoring started 30 seconds into play behind a goal from Paton. VanThof then notched her own unassisted score at 27:38, won the ensuing draw control, and assisted Hulseman on a fast-break goal eight seconds later.

She capped off the hot streak by tallying Loyola's fourth goal at 26:50, putting the Greyhounds ahead 4-0, before Lehigh was able to get on the board with a free-position goal at 19:43.

Annie Thomas sandwiched a pair of goals around one from the Mountain Hawks, sparking a four-goal Greyhound run that carried into the second half and gave Loyola a 9-3 advantage. Burke notched the final goal of the first half at 3:22 to move the score to 7-2 at the break and Habicht started the scoring in the second half at 27:57, followed by Paton's second goal of the day at 27:20.

Lehigh scored a third goal at 26:16 to move the score to 9-3, but Burke, Whiteford and Barranco all scored within a two-minute span to move the score to 12-3. The Mountain Hawks capped off the scoring in the game with 15 seconds remaining to make the final score, 12-4.

For the afternoon, VanThof won a game-high seven draw controls for the Greyhounds and added two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Burke had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while juniors Morgan Holleran and Sydney Thomas also had two caused turnovers each.

In goal, sophomore Molly Wolf earned three saves in 50 minutes and freshman Taylor Caldwell turned back one shot.

Loyola will step out of conference play on Tuesday when it travels to No. 13 Georgetown for a 7:00 p.m., contest.

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BALTIMORE - Lehigh hung tough with perennial top 10 team Loyola at times, but the Greyhounds proved too much in downing the Mountain Hawks 12-4 on Saturday afternoon. Lehigh pulled within 5-2 late in the first half, but the Greyhounds used four straight goals to open a 9-2 advantage, which was too much to overcome.

"Loyola is a very talented team," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "Our team is capable of a better performance than they delivered today, however. We will need to learn from this experience in order to compete with a team of Loyola's caliber in the future."

Four different Mountain Hawks scored a goal: freshman Krista Dampman, sophomore Kendall Garden and juniors Carli Sukonik and Emily Solenberger. Garden added a team-high four groundballs and two draw controls. Senior Alexandra Fitzpatrick made seven saves in goal, five coming in the first half.

Loyola scored just 30 seconds into the game, then less than two minutes later, added three more goals in the span of 48 seconds to make it 4-0 at the 26:50 mark.

However, the Mountain Hawks bounced back by holding the Greyhounds scoreless for the next 16:26, scoring their first goal in that span (by Sukonik) to pull within 4-1 midway through the first half. Dampman pulled Lehigh within 5-2 at 8:10, but Loyola scored the final two first-half goals for a 7-2 lead after 30 minutes of play.

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