No. 12 Greyhounds Down Crusaders in Patriot Semifinals

BALTIMORE No. 12 Loyola used a five-goal run towards the beginning of the second half to pull away from Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, en route to a 14-10 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex Thursday night.

The win marks the 11th-straight for the Greyhounds and moves them to 13-4 on the season, while Holy Cross ends its season at 7-13.

Junior Hannah Schmitt led Loyola with four goals, while senior Marlee Paton shared a game-high five points with three goals and two assists. Junior Molly Hulseman tacked on two goals and two assists, while juniors Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof both had two scores. Senior Ali Habicht added one goal and junior Kara Burke rounded out the scoring with an assist.

Kate Martino led all players with five goals, including four on free-position shots, while Laura Ryan had three goals, two on free-position shots. MacKenzie Bozel and Sara Hennessey contributed one score each.

Habicht gave Loyola a 1-0 lead at 28:03 and then a Hulseman goal from Paton at 26:41 put the Greyhounds up 2-0. Holy Cross had an answer at 23:26, before Paton dished out her second assist, this time to VanThof, at 23:05, to keep Loyola ahead, 3-1.

The Crusaders strung together a four-goal run by the 10:35 mark though, converting three free-position shots in the streak, to take their first lead of the game, 5-3.

VanThof won the ensuing draw control and stuck a shot into the back of the net 12 seconds later and Thomas finished a pass from Hulseman at 9:41 to tie the game for a second time, at 5-5.

Paton put the Greyhounds back on top, 6-5, but the Crusaders scored with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 6-6 heading into halftime.

Holy Cross scored the first goal of the second half before the Greyhounds strung together a five-goal run to pull ahead 11-7 at 20:56. Paton scored the first and last goal of the streak, while Schmitt sandwiched two around one from Thomas.

The Crusaders halted the streak with their fourth free position goal at 19:47, before Schmitt netted her 19th career hat trick at 17:23, putting Loyola ahead, 12-8.

Hulseman added to the Greyhounds lead, finishing a pass from Burke, at 13:11, before Martino converted back-to-back free-position goals for Holy Cross, moving the score to 13-10. Schmitt then closed out the scoring in the game with a goal at 4:47 accounting for the final score of 14-10.

Paton, Schmitt and Thomas each caused three turnovers for the Greyhounds, while VanThof finished with four ground balls and five draw controls. Thomas, Habicht, senior Katherine Reinhard and junior Morgan Holleran each added three ground balls.

Loyola will return to action on Saturday when it hosts the winner of the second semifinal game between second-seeded Navy and third-seeded Boston University in the championship game. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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BALTIMORE, Md. Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) scored a career-best five goals but No. 4 seed Holy Cross fell to No. 1 seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Loyola (Md.), 14-10, on Thursday afternoon in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season with a 7-12 overall record, while the Greyhounds improve to 13-4. Loyola will play the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Navy and No. 3 seed Boston University in the championship game in Baltimore on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied three goals and one assist for four points for the Crusaders. Loyola was led by Marlee Paton, who posted three goals and two assists for five points, while Hannah Schmitt scored four goals.

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