The No. 22 women’s lacrosse team (5–6 overall, 2–1 Ivy League) took their home field on Wednesday night to face the No. 11 Loyola Maryland Greyhounds (11-2, 5–0 Patriot League) for a hard fought game, but the Hounds were able to outscore the Tigers in three of four quartesr, cementing a 20–10 defeat for the Tigers.
Princeton came looking to score early after a win over Columbia the previous weekend, but Loyola was quick to the crease and scored the first goal of the game under a minute in. The Tigers were able to keep up, however, with a goal from sophomore attacker McKenzie Blake, marking her thirtieth goal of the season. Sophomore midfielder Sophie Whiteway followed up with another goal, giving the Tigers an early lead.
Loyola had a three-goal streak within the next two minutes as the Hounds began to pull away. Sophomore midfielder Nina Montes sank another for the Tigers after a big drive to the goal. First-year midfielder Abigail Roberts came off of the Princeton bench and shocked the Loyola defense with her first of four goals against the Hounds. Loyola sent two more into the Princeton goal to end the first quarter 7–4 for the Hounds.
Loyola was able to carry their momentum into the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 6–2. Halfway through the quarter, Princeton saw a goal from Roberts, who was able to weave through the Loyola defense for a second time, making an aggressive play for the Tigers. With five minutes left in the first half, Montes drew a free possession and fired another goal for Princeton.
Going into the second half, Princeton was down 13–6 but continued to fight. The Tigers only saw one goal in the third quarter from Montes, once again from a free possession, while the Hounds were able to convert, scoring another six.
Princeton locked in for the last quarter, the only one in which the Tigers were able to outscore the Hounds 3–1. Senior attacker Kate Mulham fired one in for Princeton within the first three minutes. Soon after, Montes fed the ball to Roberts with ten minutes left, who once again used her agility to get past the Loyola defense. Roberts then sealed the final goal for Princeton with a minute left.
The Tigers will return to Ivy League play at noon this Saturday, April 15 at home against Brown.
Evelyn Walsh is a staff writer for the Sports section at the ‘Prince.’
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