VanThof's career-high five points propels Loyola (Md.) to narrow win vs. Penn State
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Sophomore Taryn VanThof led seven Greyhounds in scoring as No. 6 Loyola (Md.) earned a 13-11 win against No. 10 Penn State at Ridley Athletic Complex.
VanThof had a career-high five points on three goals and two assists, marking her second hat trick of the season. Sophomore Kara Burke also contributed a hat trick for the Greyhounds (1-1), scoring a career-high three goals, while junior Marlee Paton had two goals and two assists. Sophomore Hannah Schmitt finished with two goals and sophomores Molly Hulseman and Annie Thomas, in addition to freshman Katrina Geiger, all had one goal apiece.
For Penn State (1-1), four Nittany Lions had two goals, while Mackenzie Cyr finished with a game-high three assists. Ally Heavens, Kelly Lechner, Maggie McCormick and Jenna Mosketti all had two goals.
The Greyhounds got out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Hulseman and VanThof, assisted by Paton and Annie Thomas, respectively, by the 22-minute mark. Penn State strung together four consecutive goals to take its own two-goal lead at 14:14.
Annie Thomas found the back of the net for the first time this season at 12:21, pulling the Greyhounds within one, but Penn State had an answer within the minute to extend its lead back to two at 5-3.
Back-to-back goals from Burke and Schmitt within 10 seconds tied the game at five, but the Nittany Lions pulled ahead 6-5 with a goal at 8:31.
Freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf made a save while the Greyhounds played a man down and Paton turned it into a goal at the other end of the field, knotting the score for a third time at six.
A goal for Penn State with 19 seconds before halftime gave the Nittany Lions a one-goal advantage at the break.
The Greyhounds opened the second half with a free-position goal from Paton less than one minute into play before Burke gave the Greyhounds their first lead since the beginning of the first half, scoring on a feed from VanThof at 27:58.
VanThof then tacked on back-to-back scores to complete her second hat trick of the season to give Loyola a three-goal lead at 10-7 with 16:36 to play.
Penn State halted the Greyhounds’ streak, winning the ensuing draw control and scoring on a fast break, but Schmitt fired a shot into the top left corner at 15:44 to make the score 11-8.
Geiger then stuck her first collegiate goal into the back of the net at the 12:59 to push Loyola’s lead to four, but three consecutive goals from the Nittany Lions, including two man-up scores, cut Loyola’s lead to one at 12-11 with 8:31 to play.
That was all the Greyhounds’ defense allowed though, while Burke tacked on an insurance goal at 2:52 to notch her first career hat trick and bring the final score to 13-11.
VanThof finished the game with a career-best eight draw controls, while Geiger and Wolf had three ground balls each. Freshman Maddy Lesher held Mackenzie Cyr – Penn State’s leading scorer this year – without a goal and also caused a team-high two turnovers.
In goal, freshman Molly Wolf stopped eight shots for the Greyhounds.