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VanThof’s draw record leads Hounds past Colgate

Taylor VanThof broke a Loyola school draw control record for a second straight game, winning 21 in a win over Colgate.

Just three days after setting a new Loyola draw control record, Taylor VanThof did even better as she won 21 of the 33 draws in the game to lead the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team a 19-12 victory over Colgate on Saturday afternoon.

VanThof had 20 draw controls on Wednesday at American and now has 105 on the year. And to go with her 21 draws, she also had one goal on one shot and two of the team’s 12 caused turnovers.

Offensively, Hannah Powers had a remarkable game with four goals and five assists, both team highs, while Camie Whiteford had three goals and one assist. Four other Greyhounds had multi-goal games and 10 total Retrievers netted goals in the game.

Loyola scored three of the first four goals of the game before Lindsay West made it a one-score game again at 3-2 with a Colgate goal 11 minutes into the game. But the Greyhounds pulled away with seven straight goals to take a 10-2 lead with less than nine minutes left in the first half. Powers, who respectively assisted and scored the Greyhounds first two goals, bookended the seven-goal run while Frankie Kamely had a goal and two assists in the stretch.

Colgate ended the run and took some momentum into the break when Charlotte Redican ended a 12-minute Raiders scoring drought with the first of four Colgate goals in a row and first of three straight to end the first half.

Colgate completed the four-goal run when Isabel Kreitler scored not even two minutes into the second half, but that only got the Raiders back within four goals at 10-6. Loyola then responded with four quick goals in just over a two-minute span to balloon the Greyhounds lead back up to eight. Colgate ended the Loyola run with a quick Tara Atkinson goal but Powered scored even quicker, just 13 seconds later, in response.

Then, after a third goal by Kreitler for Colgate, Loyola extended their lead up to 10 at 18-8 with three goals in a row. Powers assisted the first two of the run before Margaret Filippelli netted her second of the game, coming on a free position shot.

Colgate ended the game with four of the final five goals but was nowhere near able to make a comeback run. Loyola only slightly edged Colgate 29-28 on shots and was beat on ground balls 21-12, but the dominant 27-6 draw control advantage and the 3-for-4 performance on free position shots powered the Hounds to their fourth straight Patriot League win ti start this season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kady Glynn finished with five saves while senior Taylor Caldwell made two in just under 12 minutes of relief. Defender Amy Abdalla led Loyola with three caused turnovers in the game.

The Greyhounds will host Syracuse on Wednesday, April 5 in their final non-conference game of the year at 4:30 pm.

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