Sophomore attacker/midfielder Haley Wentzel takes a shot in a game against Rutgers University on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Lehigh lost to Loyola University (Maryland) in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. (Austin Vitelli/B&W Staff)

Lehigh women’s lacrosse falls in Patriot League semifinals to Loyola, 13-8

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Though they came very close on several different occasions, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team could not pull ahead of Loyola University (Maryland) this evening when they traveled to Baltimore in the Patriot League semifinals, losing 13-8.

The Mountain Hawks were only a goal behind at various points in the game, but Loyola pulled away and scored the last three goals. Junior defender Julianne D’Orazio had four goals, junior attacker Allison LaBeau, and junior Lauren Beausoleil and senior Kendall Garden each had one goal.

Loyola scored the first two goals of the game within the first four minutes, but D’Orazio responded in the next minute to put Lehigh on the board. Both teams continued to score until the half, finishing 6-5 with Loyola in the lead.

Both teams scored at the beginning of the second half, but Loyola scored three more to make it 9-6. Lehigh came close at 10-8 with under six minutes left, but Loyola put three more in the net to secure the win. Loyola held the advantage in shots, ground balls and draw controls at 23-20, 11-6, and 12-10, respectively.

Lehigh ends the season 13-5 and D’Orazio finished with 37 caused turnovers. LaBeau ended with 46 goals and 34 assists to make 80 points for the season, and Garden ended her career starting all 67 games she played.

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