COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 6 seed Loyola women's lacrosse saw its season come to an end Saturday afternoon, losing to No. 3 seed Maryland 17-11 in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championship at the Terps' Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. The Greyhounds wrap up the season with a 14-6 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play and their second-straight conference tournament championship.
"It's a tough loss because this team has fought so hard," head coach Jen Adams said. "We're a young group and they've shown so much character. We worked so hard to get to where we got to, so it makes it a lot harder as a coach when you have to send off your seniors and you don't get to accomplish your final goal, which was to win an NCAA Championship.
"But I thought we put up a heck of a fight against a really tough Maryland side. I give Maryland a lot of credit and a lot of respect, obviously, they're a tough team to play. I thought at moments, we really stuck with them and showed that we could contend with anyone in the nation."
Loyola was led today by freshman Hannah Schmitt, who tied a career-high of six points on five goals and one assist. Junior Joanna Dalton and sophomore Ali Habicht each tacked on two goals. Sophomore Marlee Paton was held without a goal for the first time this season, but she dished out an assist to stretch her point streak to 26-straight games.
For Maryland (19-3), ACC Player of the Year Katie Schwarzmann had a game-high eight points on four goals and four assists, while Brooke Griffin also had four goals. The Terps held a 9-6 advantage at halftime.
Loyola's senior class of Kellye Gallagher, Ana Heneberry, Kerry Stoothoff and Virginia Weber conclude their careers with a 53-22 overall record, three BIG EAST Tournament appearances and two conference titles. They advanced to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back years, a feat that had not been accomplished by the Greyhounds since 2004, and hold school records forwins in a season (17 in 2010) and conference wins in a season (seven in 2011).
In goal, Stoothoff turned back eight shots today to finish her career with 536 saves, the fifth-best four-year total in program history. She also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the game to finish her career with 161 ground balls - the sixth-best career mark in Loyola history - and 57 caused turnovers. Courtesy Loyola Athletic Communications