TOWSON, Md. — Sophomore Annie Thomas found classmate Hannah Schmitt for the game-winning goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation on Saturday to give seventh-ranked Loyola (Md.) an 11-10 win at No. 16 Towson.
With 3:40 remaining, Schmitt knocked down a pass and freshman Katrina Geiger scooped up the loose ball to set the Greyhounds up for the game-winning opportunity.
Schmitt led Loyola (2-2) with four goals, while senior Joanna Dalton and Geiger each contributed two scores. Junior Marlee Paton and sophomores Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
For Towson (1-3), Rhiannon Coogle and Kelly Custer led the Tigers with two goals.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle, with neither team holding more than a one-goal lead until the beginning of the second half when the Greyhounds rattled off four goals in a 49-second span to break open a tied game and take a 9-5 advantage.
Schmitt started the scoring by completing her first hat trick of the year with a goal at 27:52. Sophomore Taryn VanThof won the next draw and assisted a wide-open Sydney Thomas eight seconds later. Dalton made it a third consecutive Greyhound goal at 27:16 before Annie Thomas capped off the run by circling the crease and sneaking a shot into the back of the net at 27:03.
Towson answered Loyola’s run by scattering three goals throughout a span of two minutes to pull within one at 17:33, but Geiger converted a free-position shot at the 17-minute mark to give the Greyhounds a two-goal advantage 10-8.
The Tigers snuck two more shots past freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf to knot the score at 10, at 9:08, but Schmitt’s game-winner with 10 seconds remaining, assisted by Annie Thomas, gave the Greyhounds the 11-10 victory.
In the first half, the score was tied five times, capped by Custer’s free-position goal as time expired to send the teams into halftime tied at five.
The Tigers started the scoring with a free-position goal at 25:23, but Schmitt was quick to even it, scoring 13 seconds later after VanThof won the draw control, her first of six for the day.
Towson regained the lead at 21:02 when Jackie LaMonica found the back of the net, but the lead didn’t last long as Paton assisted Dalton at 20:16, knotting the score at two.
Loyola gained its first lead on Schmitt’s second goal of the day at 18:55 before the Tigers answered at 16:41 to bring the score to 3-3.
The Greyhounds found their go-ahead goals two more times throughout the half, as Paton’s score at 15:45 gave Loyola a 4-3 lead, and Geiger’s free-position shot at 5:33 gave Loyola a 5-4 advantage. Towson’s free-position goal as time expired before halftime knotted the score at five.