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Second half run propels Loyola women to win

By: Pat Terwedo

Loyola scored four-straight goals in the second half as they came back to top No. 10 Penn State on Saturday.

Loyola scored four-straight goals in the second half as they came back to top No. 10 Penn State on Saturday.

The Loyola women’s lacrosse team bounced back from a tough opening season loss to the Virginia Cavaliers with a 13-11 victory over No. 10 Penn State. The Greyhounds trailed the Nittany Lions by one goal going into the half by one the draw control battle in the second half to get the victory.

Taryn Vanthoff recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals to go along with two assists while Kara Burke also contributed three goals; Marlee Paton had two goals and two assists.

Loyola jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the game but Penn State responded with four unanswered to take control. Then, with 12:21 remaining in the first half Annie Thomas scored her first goal of the season with 12:21 remaining to cut the Loyola deficit to one but Penn State was able to respond in under a minute.

Still, Burke scored her first goal of the game with 9:55 left in the first half, followed quickly by Schmitt’s second to tie the game. Molly Fernandez put Penn State back on top just over a minute later. Paton tied the game one last time before half but Penn State’s Ally Heavens scored with 19 seconds left to give the Nittany Lions the advantage.

The second half had a much different start to it, though. Loyola opened up the second half with four straight scores, including back-to-back from Vanthoff, to take a 10-7 lead. The Hounds would not trail again for the remainder of the contest. Penn State was able to come within one point, 12-11, after three straight scores but Burke scored the games final goal with 2:52 remaining.

“The one thing I know we talk about going into a season is the possibility of going 0-2, and we talked about it, with the schedule we have we could go 0-5. We want to win games but this team has a long way to go,” Said Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams about the prospect of dropping their first two games of the season.

Molly Wolf made eight saves in the victory for Loyola, while Penn States Emi Smith made seven.

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