Loyola Postgame Press Conference
Syracuse Postgame Press Conference
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - No. 12/10 Loyola beat No. 2/2 Syracuse 13-7 in the title game of the 2012 BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship held at the Carrier Dome. Loyola senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff anchored a strong defensive effort with 11 saves and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. It was the second straight year the Greyhounds (13-5), who also snapped Syracuse's school-record 15-game winning streak, have won the tournament.
"Wow" said beaming Loyola head coach Jen Adams. "We played the best game we've played all season."
Loyola sophomore and BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year Marlee Paton had four points, including three goals and the Greyhounds' defense held Syracuse to just seven goals. Syracuse entered the game as the league's top scoring offense averaging 15.3 goals per game.
Greyhounds freshman Kara Burke totaled five points, including a team-high four goals. Freshman Annie Thomas also pumped in five points, including a pair of goals. Loyola scored a short-handed goal as Thomas netted her 22nd of the year with 27:28 remaining in the first half. Junior Joanna Dalton had a team-high six draw controls, while BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and senior Kellye Gallagher scooped up a game-high six ground balls.
The Orange faced their largest halftime deficit of the year as Loyola held a 7-3 lead at the intermission.
"(The Greyhounds) are really coming into their own and are well-deserving of a BIG EAST Championship," said Syracuse bench boss Gary Gait.
BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and Syracuse junior Michelle Tumolo led the Orange offense with three points, including two goals. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino had nine saves in 51:38 of game action. Syracuse finished with just two caused turnovers, while Loyola had eight.
With the win, Loyola earned the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Championship. The Loyola men's team also won their conference tournament (the ECAC) giving the school a sweep.
Syracuse (16-3) will await word on an NCAA berth which will be announced on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on www.ncaa.com.
Kelly Barnes, Georgetown
Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse
Becca Block, Syracuse
Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse
Kara Burke, Loyola
Joanna Dalton, Loyola
Ana Heneberry, Loyola
Kellye Gallagher, Loyola
Annie Thomas, Loyola
Marlee Paton, Loyola
Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola
Most Outstanding Player
Kerry Stoothoff, Loyola