BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore attacker Jordan Lyons (Peterborough, Ontario/St. Peter's Secondary) registered the second hat trick of her career, but it was not enough to defeat No. 17 Loyola, as the Greyhounds defeated the Retrievers, 13-7, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at the UMBC Stadium.
UMBC (7-3) falls for the third time this season, with all three of its losses coming to ranked opponents. The Retrievers snap a four-game win streak with the loss, while Loyola (5-5) pick up their third straight victory.
Loyola proved to be the aggressor, holding an advantage in shots (26-11) and draw controls (12-9), including a 9-3 margin in second-half draws.
The Retrievers wasted no time getting on the board as freshman Brittany Marquess (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) found a wide open Lyons in front of the net, 17 seconds into the contest.
Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof evened the contest at one for Loyola with an unassisted score into the top corner of the net. Senior Joanna Dalton put Loyola out in front for the first time in the contest with 20:27 left in the half. Dalton took a pass from freshman Maddy Lesher, again beating senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) in the top corner of the net.
Lyons tied it up with her second score of the contest, retrieving a pass from sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and dodging a Greyhound defender, but it only took 19 seconds for Loyola to take back its advantage, as junior Marlee Paton picked up the draw and passed it off to sophomore Sydney Thomas and beat the Retrievers' defense down the field and was able to find Dalton, who was left with just Mason to beat.
Retrievers tried to maintain possession on the offensive end, but were unable to put away the equalizer, instead a UMBC turnover turned into a score on the other end for the Greyhounds, as Paton got herself on the scoreboard, spinning around a UMBC defender for her first of two-straight goals. Paton's next came with 8:56 to go in the half on a free position shot into the top left corner of the net, putting the Greyhound out in front, 5-2.
The black and gold were able to get one back before the break, with junior midfielder Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) drilling home her 19th goal of the season on a shot in the middle of the goal.
Loyola scored a pair of goals to start the second half and extend its advantage to 7-3, with sophomore Annie Thomas getting on the board first and Dalton picking up the hat trick.
UMBC trimmed its deficit to three, 7-4, with 25:43 to go in the game on a free position goal from sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State), her team-leading 23rd of the season, but the Greyhounds answered with two more from Thomas and VanThof, making it 9-4.
The Retrievers tried to make a final push, scoring three of the next four goals, starting with sophomore Michelle Platz's (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula) first goal of the season coming on a free position shot. Marquess followed by getting around her defender and netting her third goal of the year, to bring UMBC within three at 9-6. Loyola stopped the rally with a goal from sophomore Hannah Schmitt, but Lyons put drove home her third goal of the night on a pass into the middle from Wilson bring the Retrievers back within three, 10-7. That is as close as UMBC would get, as Loyola would hold possession to run out the clock over the final 10 minutes of action to hang on for the victory.
Mason finished the contest with eight saves in the losing effort.
UMBC returns to America East action on Wednesday, April 3 when it hosts Binghamton at the UMBC Stadium. First draw is set for 4 p.m.