Loyola Hands No. 6 Notre Dame First Loss
from press release
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Sophomore Hannah Schmitt
scored the game-winning goal in sudden-death overtime to lead the
No. 17 Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse to a 14-13
upset win over previously undefeated and sixth-ranked Notre Dame
Friday night at Arlotta Stadium.
In the final period, freshman Katrina Geiger scooped up the loose ball after a Notre Dame (10-1, 4-1 BIG EAST) turnover and sophomore Sydney Thomas then fought for a loose ball on the Greyhounds’ clear attempt before finding Schmitt open on the left wing, setting up the game-winning opportunity for Loyola (6-6-, 3-1).
Junior Marlee Paton finished the game with a game-high five goals and seven points, tying a career high in goals, while Schmitt also completed a hat trick, scoring three times and handing out two assists for five points. Senior Joanna Dalton and sophomore Sydney Thomas each scored twice, while sophomores Kara Burke and Taryn VanThof each had one goal. Sophomore Annie Thomas rounded out the scoring by contributing an assist.
Caitlin Gargan and Jaimie Morrison both scored three times for Notre Dame, while Jenny Granger and Morrison each dished out a game-high three assists.
Paton led the Greyhounds through the first half, having a hand in five of the first seven goals, before being face-guarded to begin the second half. The midfielder gave Loyola its first lead of the game, 2-1, at 23:38, after Dalton evened the score at one, at 28:18. The Fighting Irish were able to strike first at 29:26, but senior Ashley Moulton blocked their second shot and VanThof scooped up the ground ball, which Dalton turned into the Greyhounds’ first goal.
Notre Dame tied the game for a second time, at 2-2, but Paton stuck a pass from Annie Thomas into the back of the net at 18:57 to keep Loyola ahead, 3-2.
The Fighting Irish rallied for three-straight scores though to take a 5-3 advantage at the 14:32 mark, forcing Loyola to call a timeout.
Paton answered out of the timeout by notching a free-position goal to complete her 17th career hat trick at the 9:27 mark and Sydney Thomas recovered a blocked shot and slipped it past Notre Dame goalkeeper Ellie Hilling to tie the game at five with a man-up goal. Thomas then stuck a second-straight shot into the back of the net, assisted by Paton, at 2:55, regaining the lead for Loyola, 6-5.
Following a Notre Dame timeout, Paton netted her fourth goal of the game to give the Greyhounds a two-goal advantage.
Notre Dame, which was held scoreless for over 14 minutes, tallied its final goal of the half with eight seconds remaining, but VanThof won the ensuing draw control and found Dalton for a score as time expired, sending Loyola into the break with a two-goal advantage, 8-6.
VanThof scored again within the first minute of play out of halftime, giving Loyola its largest lead of the game at 9-6, but Notre Dame responded with back-to-back goals to pull within one, 9-7.
Schmitt tallied a score at 25:49 to give the Greyhounds a two-goal cushion, but three-straight goals from the Irish gave Notre Dame its first lead of the second half, 11-10, at 12:04. The Greyhounds, held without a score for over 21 minutes, found the game-tying goal from Schmitt with 4:12 on the clock though, securing overtime for Loyola.
Notre Dame scored first in the extra period and then won the following draw control, but Annie Thomas caused a turnover and Dalton scooped up the ground ball, setting up Burke for the goal, assisted by Schmitt, with 20.9 seconds left in the first portion of overtime.
The Irish were the first to score again in the second half of the first overtime, converting a free position shot while playing man up, but Paton won the ensuing draw control and ran to goal, sending a shot past Hilling to tie the game for the eighth time.
In sudden death, Notre Dame won the draw, but Geiger scooped up the ground ball after an Irish turnover. Sydney Thomas then gained possession of another loose ball on the Greyhounds’ clear attempt and found Schmitt open on the left wing, who beat defenders down the field for the game-winning goal.
Paton finished the game with a career-high six draw controls, while freshman Katrina Geiger had a game-high five ground balls and Sydney Thomas had four. VanThof, Dalton and freshman Maddy Lesher all contributed two ground balls.
In goal, freshman Molly Wolf stopped eight shots for the win.