Loyola women win dramatic OT thriller over Penn in NCAA Tournament

May 13, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff made a point-blank save on a shot by the University of Pennsylvania’s Meredith Cain with just under 20 seconds to play, and Hannah Schmitt scored the game-winner with 3.2 seconds left in overtime to lift the sixth-seeded Greyhounds to a 10-9 victory in the NCAA Championships First Round on Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Loyola (14-5) will face the University of Maryland in the NCAA Quarterfinals next weekend in College Park, Md. It will be the Greyhounds’ second-straight trip to the Quarters.

Penn (9-8) took an 8-7 lead with 4:32 left in regulation when Caroline Bunting scored to break a scoreless stretch of nearly 13 minutes for both teams, but Sydney Thomas responded for Loyola 50 seconds later, scoring on a low-to-low bounce shot as she curled around the right side of the crease.

The Quakers struck first in overtime, as Cain scored with 21 ticks left in the first three minutes of the extra frame.

Loyola evened it up, however, when Kara Burke was fouled with less than three seconds remaining in the first part of overtime, and she converted on a free-position shot with 0.3 ticks left on the scoreboard.

The teams switched sided of the field, and Penn won the draw to start the second three minutes, and the Quakers held the ball in their end of the field to run as much time off the clock as possible.

Cain came down the right alley and caught a pass from behind, but Stoothoff turned away her attempt, her game-high 10th save of the game.

Kellye Gallagher, the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the year who had five ground balls and five caused turnovers to lead all players, picked up the ground ball and was fouled by a Penn player.

Loyola cleared the ball to its offensive end, and Thomas raced to the goal before passing to Schmitt who was crashing from the right side. Schmitt shot low and past Penn’s Emily Leitner for the game-winner.

Marlee Paton led all players with four goals for Loyola, and Burke had three goals. Sydney Thomas posted a goal and two assists, while Annie Thomas had a goal and three helpers.

Bunting had three goals for the Quakers, and Cain and Erin Brennan each tallied two.