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Hounds win 4th straight regular season title

Hannah Powers had four goals and on assists as Loyola completed another undefeated Patriot League slate.

For a fourth straight year, the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team has gone unscathed through Patriot League play and won the regular season championship. That was achieved with a 20-10 win over Army West Point on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium and secured the team’s top seed in the upcoming Patriot League Championships. Loyola, which won its 10th game for the 28th time in program history, earned a bye into the semifinals and will host the lowest remaining seed after Tuesday’s quarterfinal games.

Hannah Powers and Cami Whiteford each netted four goals while Frankie Kamely match Powers’ five points with a four-assist game to go with her one score. Taryn VanThof also had four points on three goals with one assist while also dominating draws once again and finishing with 11 victories.

Loyola outshot Army 39-25 and nearly doubled up on them with 30 shots on goals to the Black Knights’ 16. Loyola also led 19-12 on ground balls and scored on half of their 12 free position shots.

Army looked to be a very worthy challenger to the Greyhounds early in the game after scoring the first two goals inside the first three minutes of the contest. However, Loyola ripped off five straight goals and never lost the lead after that.

They were threatened at Army scored two more in a row to get back within one score, but Loyola finished the first half on a 7-3 run to lead 12-7 at halftime.

Their offense was just clicking on all cylinders and featured seven different scorers in the first half. Whiteford did a lot of damage, though, and scored three times inside the first 20 minutes of the game.

She would also score the second goal of the second half in the middle of a four score run for Loyola to open things up out of the intermission.

Loyola led 16-7 after Powers scored back-to-back goals. It was only four minutes later when Katrina Geiger secured a running clock for the rest of the game when she put the Greyhounds up 18-8 with 15:38 left.

The teams went back-and-forth for the last four goals of the game, but it was a run away for Loyola.

VanThof increased her season total of draw controls up to 146, just seven shy of the single-season Patriot League record, set by Navy’s Loren Generi in 2015.

Loyola will host their semifinal game at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday at 5 pm.

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