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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 15 Loyola (Md.) tied its best start in Big East play with a 17-8 victory at Louisville on Thursday. With the win, the Greyhounds improved to 8-3 overall and match last season’s 4-0 start in league play.

Marlee Paton led the attack with a career-high nine points on four goals and a personal-best five assists, while Sydney Thomas also set a new career-bests of six points on two goals and another career-best with four assists.

Annie Thomas tied a career-high four goals and five points -- all in the first half, while Joanna Dalton notched a personal-best four goals.

Kathleen Barranco and Joanna Dalton, and Julie Morse rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

For Louisville (3-7, 1-2 Big East), Nikki Boltja, Hillary Bushway and Eleni Kozas had two goals each, while Monica Negron and Amy Poteet both had one goal.

The game looked to be a defensive battle at the start as Louisville’s Danielle Pawliw turned back Loyola’s first two free position shots and Kellye Gallagher caused two turnovers to keep the Cardinals off the board, but three goals within one minute gave Loyola a 3-0 lead by the 23:32 mark.

Annie Thomas rolled the crease and stuck a shot into the top corner of the goal at 24:23 to get the scoring started. She tacked on a second goal -- assisted by Sydney Thomas -- at 23:59, before Dalton made it 3-0 for Loyola at 23:32.

Kozas scored at 22:05 for the Cardinal, before an 8-0 run gave the Greyhounds an 11-1 advantage with 6:45 remaining in the half. Of the 14 shots Loyola took in the first half, 11 resulted in goals.

The Cardinal recorded the final goal of the half, bringing the score to 11-2 at intermission.

Sydney Thomas got things going in the second half, sneaking a shot into the top of the goal at 27:23, before Paton assisted Dalton, Cursaro, Barranco and Dalton again, respectively, to give the Greyhounds a 16-2 lead with 13:52 remaining. Barranco’s goal at 17:10 was her first of the season.

Louisville stopped the run at 12:15 and strung together a seven-goal run to bring the final score to 17-8.

Defensively, Gallagher led the way with five caused turnovers and four ground balls. Her first caused turnover of the game marked the 100th of her career, making her the third player in program history with 100 ground balls and 100 caused turnovers.

Ashley Moulton had a career-best game, scooping up a personal-best four ground balls, winning three draw controls and causing three turnovers.

Dalton finished the game with four draw controls, while Molly Hulseman had three.