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Tabasso sets record in Hounds semifinal win

Sophomore Sabrina Tabasso set a Patriot League Tournament record with 18 draw controls in Loyola’s semifinal win over Boston University.

Sophomore midfielder Sabrina Tabasso set a Patriot League Tournament record for draw controls on Friday Night to lead the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team to a 19-14 victory over the fourth-seeded Boston University Terriers in the semifinal round at Ridley Athletic Complex.

With regular draw taker Taylor VanThof out of action after a year in which she set a school and league record for victories in the circle, Tabasso won 18 in the game to create spark Loyola’s strong offense.

Loyola outdrew the Terriers 24-11 and outshot them 44-32.

But it took a while for Loyola to get into a good rhythm. While they led 5-3 midway through the first half after a three-goal run, it took was a trip to get there.

Mackenzie Howa and Elisabeth Jayne opened the game with goals inside the first four minutes for Boston U. Lindsey Ehrhardt did score back-to-back goals for Loyola in less than a minute’s span, but Kelly Mathews put the Terriers right back in front in the seventh minute of the game.

Then, after Hannah Powers, Frankie Kamely and Cami Whiteford scored in order to get the Greyhounds out in front, the Terriers answered right back with a four-goal run.

Jayne scored the first two goals for Boston U in that stretch before Mickenzie Larivee and Caroline English both scored off assists by Taylor Hardison. Hardison also assisted Jayne in the spurt.

English’s score put the Terriers head 7-5 with 12:52 left in the opening half.

But Loyola was finally able to showcase their dominance down the stretch of the opening stanza.

Kamely scored her second of five goals and Powers followed with her second of four goals to tie the game with less than 10 minutes left in the first half. Hardison was able to register her fourth point of the first half with a goal not even 45 seconds later, but off a fast break on a draw, Clark re-tied the game 15 seconds later. Katrina Geiger then put Loyola back ahead and the Greyhounds finished the first half with back-to-back free position goals for an 11-8 lead at the break.

Jayne scored her fourth goal of the game on a free position shot in the second minute of the second half, but there was no comeback attempt. Loyola responded with four goals in a row to push ahead 15-9.

Larivee scored twice off passes from Kailey Conry for her second and third goals of the game, but Ehrhardt followed with back-to-back goals. Ehrhardt scored a personal-best four goals in the game. The second one game with 15 minutes left and put the Greyhounds ahead 17-11.

While the Terriers showed plenty of offensive ability throughout the game, the six-goal deficit was just too much to come back from with such little time remaining. Boston U did score three more goals down the stretch, but the Greyhounds also had two more goals to prevent any sort of late comeback attempt.

Loyola will play in their fourth straight Patriot League title game and will look to secure a trip to their seventh straight NCAA tournament. They will host in-state rival Navy, the second-seeded team in the tournament, on Sunday at noon in the title game. Navy edged Lehigh 9-8 to make it to the Championship game.

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