No. 12 Loyola Defeats No. 14 UMass in NCAA First Round

NEWTOWN, Mass. - The No. 11 Loyola lacrosse team knocked off No. 14 Massachusetts, 10-4, Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Boston College Lacrosse Complex to advance to Sunday's second round game. The win marked the fourth-straight year that the Greyhounds (15-5) have won their first game of the tournament, while they will face the winner of the seventh-seeded Boston College vs. Bryant game.

Junior Hannah Schmitt led Loyola with three goals and an assist, while classmates Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas had two goals and two assists each. Senior Ali Habicht added one goal and an assist, and juniors Kara Burke and Taryn VanThof rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

Sam Rush led UMass with two goals, while Melissa Carelli and Courtney McGrath had one goal each.

Sydney Thomas started the scoring after junior Gretchen Mayer caused a turnover. Thomas then finished a pass from Schmitt at 25:30 to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage.

Wolf intercepted a Minutewomen pass on their next possession and Annie Thomas assisted Schmitt at 24:31, before UMass was able to get on the board at 20:39, moving the score to 2-1.

Annie Thomas sored at 18:32, assisted by Sydney Thomas, but the Minutewomen had another answer at 13:39 to keep within one, 3-2.

Schmitt converted a free position shot at 8:53 to keep Loyola ahead, but UMass' goal at 6:48 sent the squads into the locker room with the Greyhounds up one, 4-3, at halftime.

Out of the break, Sydney Thomas scored, assisted by Annie Thomas, and then assisted Burke to put Loyola up 6-3 at 20:37. Annie Thomas, assisted by Habicht, capped off a three-goal Loyola run, which gave the Greyhounds a four-goal advantage, 7-3, with 19:36 to play.

The Minutewomen's goal at 16:11 would be the only one that Wolf and the Loyola defense would give up in the second half, as the Greyhounds closed out the game with three-straight scores from Habicht, VanThof and Schmitt, respectively, to account for the final 10-4 score.

Defensively, sophomore Maddy Lesher held Katie Ferris, the ninth-ranked player in the NCAA in points this year, without one point, while she finished the game with one ground ball.

Wolf also came up with 10 saves in cage, marking her fifth 10-plus-save game this season, while she added a career-high four caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Loyola will return to action on Sunday when it faces the winner of seventh-seeded Boston College vs. Bryant at 1:00 p.m., at the BC Lacrosse Complex.

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NEWTON, Mass. - The No. 14 Massachusetts lacrosse team faltered in a 10-4 game against No. 12 Loyola in the NCAA Tournament First Round, hosted by Boston College at the BC Lacrosse Complex in Newton, Mass., on Friday afternoon. Erika Eipp and Sam Rush earned two points a piece to pace the UMass attack as Rush netted a pair of goals on passes from Eipp.

Melissa Carelli and Courtney McGrath added a goal each while Amy Tiernan helped out on one tally. Kelsey Sheridan secured four draw controls, scooped up a trio of groundballs and caused three turnovers for the Minutewomen to lead the defense while Kate Farnham tallied three groundballs and a caused turnover.

UMass ended its season with an 18-2 overall record, the third-most earned in a single year in program history. Loyola improved to 15-5 on the year with the win and advanced to face the winner of the Boston College-Bryant contest in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

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2014-05-09



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