BALTIMORE, Md. – Sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) scored a career-best five goals but the No. 4 seed Holy Cross women's lacrosse team fell to No. 1 seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Loyola (Md.), 14-10, on Thursday afternoon in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals at the Ridley Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Crusaders conclude the season with a 7-12 overall record, while the Greyhounds improve to 13-4. Loyola will play the winner of the game between No. 2 seed Navy and No. 3 seed Boston University in the championship game in Baltimore on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m.
Junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) tallied three goals and one assist for four points for the Crusaders. Loyola was led by Marlee Paton, who posted three goals and two assists for five points, while Hannah Schmitt scored four goals.
After the Greyhounds took an early 2-0 lead, Ryan bounced a shot to the back of the net to make it a 2-1 contest with 23:26 left in the first half. With the Crusaders now trailing 3-1 after a Loyola goal by Taryn VanThof, Holy Cross responded with four straight goals to move out to a 5-3 advantage. Martino netted two goals during this stretch, while sophomore MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) and Ryan each scored once. But the Greyhounds then posted three straight goals to take a 6-5 lead with 2:22 remaining. Martino tied the game with just 53 seconds left with her third goal of the contest as the game was tied at 6-6 at the half. Martino posted her fourth hat-trick of the season.
Senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) started the scoring in the second half to give the Crusaders a 7-6 lead. The Greyhounds answered though with five consecutive goals to move out to a 11-7 advantage with 20:56 left. Ryan ended Loyola's scoring streak with a goal on a free-position shot for her fourth hat-trick of the season and the 15th of her career. After two goals by Loyola, Martino netted two straight to make it a 13-10 score with 5:43 remaining. But that is as close as the Crusaders would get as Schmitt scored with 4:47 left for the 14-10 final score.
Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made eight saves, while Molly Wolf posted six saves for the Greyhounds. Loyola outshot Holy Cross, 30-18, while the Greyhounds picked up 23 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 19. Loyola secured 14 draw controls and Holy Cross posted 12, while the Crusaders went 6-7 on free-position shots and the Greyhounds went 0-3.
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