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Philly grads Tabasso (@HarritonLax), Lesher & Filippelli (Arch. Carroll) lead Loyola past Hopkins, 8-7, in two OT

Thursday, 25th February 2016

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/25/16
From Press Release

Redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso (Harriton, 2013 Co-Player of the Year) scored with 56 seconds remaining in double overtime to secure the 19th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team an 8-7 win over No. 16 Johns Hopkins in a rain-soaked and weather delayed thriller Wednesday night at Homewood Field.

Senior Molly Wolf stopped five shots in the two overtime periods to keep the game going for the Greyhounds (1-2), including one with just over one minute remaining that ultimately led to Tabasso’s game-winning man-down goal. Wolf finished with 10 saves in the game, marking her second double-digit save performance of the season and 17th of her career.

Offensively, senior Maddy Blakeman, junior Cami Whiteford and Tabasso all netted two goals, while freshman Hannah Powers added one goal and one assist. Sophomore Frankie Kamely rounded out the scoring with one goal.

For Johns Hopkins (3-1), Haley Schweizer (St. Mark’s) had a game-high three goals.

Whiteford got the scoring started with her first goal of the season at the 24:39 mark, but Hopkins responded at 22:21 to knot the score at 1-1.

Back-to-back goals from Blakeman within one minute pushed Loyola ahead 3-1, but a four-goal Blue Jays run gave Hopkins the lead, 5-3, with 7:40 on the clock.

The Greyhounds were able to cut their deficit to one by the break though. With one minute left in the half, Wolf turned back a Blue Jays shot and with 6.4 seconds to go, Powers assisted Whiteford to move the halftime score to, 5-4.

The Blue Jays were the first to find the back of the net following a two hour and five minute weather delay, scoring at 22:55. A second-straight Hopkins goal at 18:54 put the home team on top, 7-4, but the Greyhounds scattered three goals throughout the next eight minutes to knot the score at seven. Kamely scored first at 15:47, followed by a goal from Tabasso at 8:17 and then the game-tying goal from Powers at 7:14.

In the final minute of regulation, sophomore Margaret Filippelli (Archbishop Carroll) caused a turnover and then Wolf stopped a 1-v-1 shot as time expired to send the game to overtime.

Following a scoreless first sudden death overtime period in which Wolf again stopped a shot in the final 30 seconds of play, Tabasso provided the game winner at the end of the second period.

Freshman Taylor VanThof, making her first career start, led Loyola from the center, winning a personal-best six draw controls.

Defensively, Wolf had three ground balls and senior Maddy Lesher (Archbishop Carroll) had two.

The Greyhounds will face their second-straight Baltimore rival on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they hosts Towson in their home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex.

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