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Cuse pulls away from Hounds in 2nd half

By: Ryan Callinan

Cami Whiteford’s hat trick and Hannah Powers four assists weren’t enough for the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team in their effort to pull off the upset win against the No. 11 Syracuse Orange Wednesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. The game was a battle back and forth with no team having more than a one-goal lead until 22:43 left in the game. But the visitors scored six of the game’s final eight goals and walked away with a 16-11 road win.

It was a physical contest all night long between two teams hungry for a tough non-conference win. Loyola was riding a five-game winning streak entering the match, while Cuse was coming off an impressive conference road win against No. 20 Duke, and neither team was shying away from the heated battle.

“Obviously an incredibly tough game, physical game,” Loyola head coach Jen Adams said. “I thought our girls played a great game. Syracuse obviously coming out with the win, but I’m not sure the score necessarily reflects how hard this game was played on both sides of the ball. But, on the same token, I give them (Syracuse) a lot of credit.”

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team was able to separate themselves from the other. Loyola’s Lindsey Ehrhardt started the scoring off with a fortuitous goal. Having managed to gain a step on her defender, Ehrhardt forced two helping defenders to collapse on her as she neared the visitor’s frame. A physical challenge caused the ball to pop out of Ehrhardt’s stick and trickle into the net, leaving Syracuse’s goalie, Asa Goldstock, baffled.

Syracuse would level the game at 1-1 behind a free position shot by Emily Hawryschuk. Then, they took the lead minutes later on a man advantage opportunity when Neena Merola slid a pass to an open Riley Donahue lurking near the goal. Donahue’s low shot that beat Kady Glynn’s outstretched foot made it 2-1 for the Orange.

However, the visitors lead wouldn’t last for long as Powers started picking apart the Syracuse zone defense. She assisted on the game’s next two goals with great feeds to Katrina Geiger and Whiteford, restoring a one goal advantage for the Greyhounds with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Loyola seemed to find success cutting through the middle of the Cuse zone, but some good saves by Goldstock held Loyola to only five first-half goals. Glynn and the Loyola defense were just as strong, though, allowing only five goals themselves.

The second half started out much the same as the battle continued back and forth for the first 15 minutes of the half. Syracuse took the lead early behind another Donahue tally, but a few minutes later, Powers scored her only goal of the game when she found another hole in the Cuse zone and exploited it. She surged towards the net and received a nice pass from Frankie Kamely, and from there, Powers slotted home a shot from close range to make it 6-6 five minutes into the second half.

Goals by Syracuse’s Cara Quimby and Alie Jimerson in the next two and a half minutes produced the game’s first two-goal lead at 8-6. While Loyola continually fought back, cutting a two-goal deficit to one on three separate occasions, crucial turnovers and second chance goals by Syracuse were the difference down the stretch.

“I thought turnovers were a big problem for us, as well as second chance opportunities on defense,” Adams said. “I thought we came up with the initial stops a lot of the time but then not the secondary ground balls and opportunities to get the ball out of our defense, which really crushed us today.”

With the score 10-9 in favor of the Orange with 15 minutes left in regulation, it looked as though it was going to be a close game until the very end, but through crisp passing, quick cuts, and close-range efforts, Syracuse was able to end the game on a 6-2 run and earn a hard fought 16-11 win.

Ehrhardt finished the game with two goals, Whiteford had three goals and an assist, Sabrina Tabasso netted two goals, and Geiger scored one and assisted on another.

With the loss, Loyola’s record drops to 5-7 on the season but are 4-0 in Patriot League play. Their final five games of the season are all against conference opponents, the next of which is this Saturday at Holy Cross at 2 pm.

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Ryan Callinan

Staff Writer
Ryan Callinan was born with a passion for sports. He grew up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball; all sports he enjoyed, but it was soccer that he excelled at the most. HIs talent in soccer earned him a scholarship to Calvert Hall College High School, where he made varsity all four years and won two MIAA Championship. Then he earned a scholarship to play at UMBC for coach Peter Caringi. Two unfortunate knee injuries cut his soccer career short, but that’s when he found a love for writing. He ended up transferring to Towson University, graduated with a degree in English and worked his way to becoming a sports writer. After joining So Much Sports he was inspired to further pursue his graduate degree in journalism at Towson University. So while maybe his dream of becoming a pro soccer player won’t be realized, his might still be able to cover pro soccer teams. The sport it still his true love.

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