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Hound stay perfect in PL play, topping Holy Cross

By: Myles Nelson

Hannah Powers was one of five players to score more than one goal against Holy Cross as she finished with two goals and two assists.

Hannah Powers was one of five players to score more than one goal against Holy Cross as she finished with two goals and two assists.

When 11 different players find a way to register a point, and five players have multi-goal games, there is no stopping that team. A balanced offense across the lineup led the Loyola Greyhounds women’s Lacrosse team to their eighth win of the season As they bar Holy Cross, 15-5. The win also improved their Patriot League record to 5-0, leaving them as the only team with an undefeated conference record.

Less than five minutes into the half, Loyola already held a two goal lead. After a shot of her own missed wide, Maddy Blakeman passed to Frankie Kamely for the first goal of the game. Maddy Lesher later caused Kaitilin Concilio to turn the ball over. Lesher recovered the groundball, and after a successful clear Blakeman got another assist. This time it was a goal by Emily Clark.

Moments later, Blakeman added an unassisted goal of her own. It was her 20th of the season. With 20:49 left in the half Kamely scored her 23rd goal of the season, with an assist from Cami Whiteford. A little over a minute later, Holy Cross finally got on the board when Maddie Ward made a free position shot. It was her 15th goal of the season.

With 17:36 left Blakeman picked her third assist of the game, passing to Taylor VanThof. And just 22 seconds, later Blakeman scored her career-high fifth point of the game with another unassisted goal. Holy Cross continued to fight back with Margie Smith scoring her 10th goal of the season. Anna Johnson caused Loyola’s Hannah Powers to turn the ball over. Powers got it right back, and after Holy Cross’ failed clear attempt, Sabrina Tabasso scored her 16th goal of the season on an assist from Kamely. Powers would make another big play minutes later when she assisted Tori McDonald, to put Loyola up 8-2.

“We came in with a new mindset on our transition game and I think we really executed that in the beginning of the first half,” Blakeman said.

The first half would end with Loyola holding an 11-3 lead. Loyola led in every statistical category at the half. They scored 11 points on 20 shots. Loyola picked up twice as many groundballs as Holy Cross. Loyola’s defense dominated, allowing only three goals, and causing 12 of Holy Cross’ 13 turnovers.

The first goal of the second half came with 23:06 left in regulation. Loyola’s defense caused another turnover. Madison Fahey scooped up the groundball, and after a successful clear, Margaret Filippelli scored her seventh goal of the season, on an assist from Hannah Savage. About three minutes later, Clark scored her third goal of the game. She caught a pass from Kamely and dodged towards the goal, firing her shot past two defenders. It was the second assist of the game for Kamely.

Loyola would get up to a 10 point lead before Holy Cross fired back with two consecutive goals. Holy Cross’ Alexis Leighton scored off an assist from Casey Drollinger, and Maddie Ward scored unassisted. After back to back goals from Holy Cross, Loyola’s Powers would score back to back goals of her own. The assists would come from Savage, for her third assist of the game and Filippelli for her first.

A combination of Holy Cross switching up the defense, and Loyola getting some new players involved, led to Loyola only scoring four second half points.

“We just were running through. Everyone was getting an opportunity in there so that was good,” Blakeman. “They changed their defense up in the second half and were playing a zone defense versus the man on man they were playing in the first half so we had to set up and run a different offense based on that.”

Even while running a different offense, Loyola converted on four of their seven shots.

It was an efficient day for the Loyola offense. Efficiency usually comes from good looks. Getting good looks was part of the game plan coming in for Loyola.

“Our goal was to come out and try to put a lot of points on the board today to get a lot of good opportunities and looks coming off possessions,” head coach Jen Adams said. “So whether that was draw possessions, or whether that was causing turnovers in the midfield, our goal was to get the ball and put it in the back of the net today and I think we did a good job of that.”

The Greyhounds executed their gameplan, and it earned them a victory. Nine players scored goals for Loyola. Clark led the way with three. They face the Lehigh Mountain Hawks next week, in the second half of a doubleheader with the men’s team. It’s an important game for Loyola with Lehigh right behind them in the Patriot League Standings.

“Lehigh’s a tough team, very well coached, and very disciplined, and we know we’ll have to bring our A-game,” Adams said. “I’m proud to see our team has stepped up in a lot of the areas that we’ve been deficient this season. I’m excited to see another Patriot league game that’s going to be really tough and hard-fought and I’m sure both teams are coming into this one ready to play.”

Next week’s matchup is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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