March 2, 2013

Schmitt's Heroics Allows No. 7 Loyola to Escape

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Hannah Schmitt's goal with 10 seconds left in regulation lifted the No. 7 Loyola University women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over the No. 16 Towson University women's lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon in Towson. Senior midfielder Kelly Custer led the Tigers (1-3) with two goals and one assist.

"I thought today was a real battle between two good teams," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. "I wish we could have finished a few of the free position opportunities down the stretch because that would have made a difference."

The Greyhounds (2-2) needed a last minute goal after a second half rally by the Tigers. Tied at 5-5 to start the second half, Loyola scored three goals in the first two minutes and 45 seconds of play to take an 8-5 lead. LaMonica called timeout to settle her squad following the Greyhounds' goal at 27:16. Loyola scored once more to take a 9-5 lead following the timeout, as Annie Thomas found the back of the net at 27:03.

Senior midfielder Laura Zinkand ended a scoring drought of a little over 10 minutes for the Tigers with her first goal at 19:21. That goal by Zinkand started a 3-0 run by the Tigers to pull the home team to within one, 9-8 with 17:33 to play. Sophomores Paige Duncan and Sarah Maloof each scored for the Tigers during that run. Loyola pushed its lead back to two with a free position goal at 17:00.

Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle cut the deficit to one, 10-9 with her second goal of the game at 13:50. Towson got the game-tying goal from senior attacker Olivia Turner at 9:08. Towson had a couple of free position opportunities late but was unable to convert. Loyola gained possession of the ball with two minutes to play and held for the last shot. Schmitt scored a man-up goal with 10 seconds to play to give Loyola the win.

The first half of the game was a back and forth affair that featured three ties. Towson took a 2-1 lead with 21:02 to play in the half on goals from senior midfielder Ashley Waldron and grad student attacker Jackie LaMonica. Loyola responded with a pair of goals to take a 3-2 lead with 18:55 to play. The two teams traded goals before Coogle's free position shot at 11:10 tied the game at 4-4. Loyola looked like it would head into the half with a 5-4 lead following a free position goal. However, the Tigers were awarded a free position opportunity with one second to play in the half and Custer scored. That goal sent both teams into the locker room tied at 5-5.

Molly Wolf made seven saves to earn the win in goal for the Greyhounds. Sophomore Kelsea Donnelly made six saves in the loss for the Tigers.

Loyola finished the game with a 23-19 edge in shot opportunities and the Greyhounds held a dominating 16-5 advantage in draw controls.

In addition to Custer's three point day, the Tigers got a pair of goals from Coogle. Maloof and Waldron had a goal and an assist each for the Tigers.

Schmitt led Loyola with four goals while Joanna Dalton and Katrina Geiger had two goals each.

Towson returns to action on Wednesday, March 6 when it travels to American for a 3 p.m. game.

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