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Whiteford scores five as Hounds go above .500

By: Jenna Pizzi

Cami Whiteford led Loyola with five goals, all scored on five first half shots.

Cami Whiteford made things very difficult for the Bucknell Bison on Wednesday night and used low precise corner shooting to lead the Loyola Greyhounds women’s to a 15-8 victory. Whiteford scored a team-high five goals, all in the first half of her five shots taken as the Hounds earned their third straight win to get above .500 for the first time this year.

After their 0-6 start to the season, the Hounds are on fire having won eight of their last nine games to improve to 8-7 on the year and 7-0 in Patriot League play. Loyola has improved to 32-0 all-time against Patriot League opponents since joining the league for the 2014 season.

Whiteford’s speed allowed her to easily advance past defenders. That was displayed on the last play of the first half when she ran down the field from midfield and whipped it into the goal to put Loyola up 9-3 at the intermission.

Whiteford scored three of Loyola’s first four goals to help them out to a 3-1 lead and then midway through the first quarter started a five-goal run to give Loyola an 8-2 lead with 7:46 left in the opening half.

Loyola’s ability to successfully clear the ball past Bucknell was the key to their success. The Hounds went 9-for-10 on clears in the first half and 17-for-20 in the game. They were able to maintain steady control of the ball that enabled them to make swift passes, especially near the crease.

Sabrina Tabasso was strong in this area even though her stat line only showed she had one assist in the first half. Tabasso was able to scout the field for opportunities, which pushed her teammates to widen the field for space and for extra points.

With 7:46 left in the first half, Tabasso fired a pass from the middle of the field to a Hannah Savage only a few feet away from the crease. The ball was then passed to Holly Lloyd, who scored in a one-on-one situation against the Bison goalkeeper. Tabasso didn’t get the assist on the play, but she was the creator. It was a common trend throughout the game.

With the two teams exchanging goals before halftime, Loyola led 9-3 at the break.

But one thing Bucknell was able to do extremely well was win draw controls. They won 17-of-24 draw controls in the game and that constantly put Loyola on defense first. While Greyhound goalkeeper Kady Glynn finished the game with 14 saves to help in the effort, and a relentless Loyola defense finished with 13 caused turnovers, Bucknell was much more precise in their shooting in the second half. But the best Bucknell could do was enjoy a 4-2 run that only brought then within five goals with 2:28 left in the game.

Loyola simply didn’t allow them enough quick scoring opportunities and had a bit enough lead where they could withstand what they were able to do offensively. Loyola then ended the game with two goals in the final two minutes to secure the 15-8 victory.

Five different Greyhounds recorded multiple caused turnovers. Taylor O’Connell led the team with three while Katrina Geiger, Amy Abdalla, Taylor VanThof and Bailey Mathis all had two. VanThof also set the Loyola record for most draw controls in a season. Though she only had three in the game, she moved her total to 123 on the year, one more than her older sister Taryn, who had 122 in 2014.

Loyola will stay at home for their weekend contest on April 22 against Lafayette, which will start at 1 pm. It will be their final regular season home game of the year.

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Jenna Pizzi

Staff Writer
There has not been one moment in Jenna's life where she was not part of a team. From the age of single digits until high school, soccer became her center. Other sports were attempted, but nothing was as fulfilling as her defending the net or assisting a goal with a wide pass. During her high school days of soccer and track, she was a writer for the school newspaper, covering sports. High School was here her interest in basketball peaked, which is still a favorite of hers. In contrast, her father is a football fan, who watched each game religiously. Her inherited this trait from his mother, who is a Yankees fanatic. To continue the family passion, Jenna is currently a sports writer, both for The Greyhound at Loyola University of Maryland and now at So Much Sports.

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