Kady Glynn did not need much extra motivation Saturday.
Glynn, a senior goalkeeper for the No. 12 Loyola Maryland women’s lacrosse program, had been benched briefly in the first half of Wednesday’s 15-11 loss at No. 4 Syracuse. Although she returned for the second half, the memory of getting pulled was not a pleasant one.
Glynn redeemed herself quickly, turning away eight shots in the first half en route to a 12-save performance to backstop the Greyhounds’ 13-8 victory over No. 11 Penn State before an announced 515 at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.
Glynn, a three-year starter for Loyola (2-2), was replaced three days ago by sophomore Kaitlyn Larsson for the final 10:09 of the first half after the Orange had rolled to a 9-1 advantage. Glynn’s play improved in the second half when she gave up only three goals, but she admitted being frustrated by that showing.
“Just wanted to reset myself and be ready to come back and fight back like we did,” Glynn said. “Definitely used that fire from that Syracuse game into this game. Just wanted to be able to play a full 60 minutes.”
Glynn demonstrated her readiness when senior attacker Madison Carter (South River), the leading scorer for the Nittany Lions (3-2), was awarded a free-position chance near the left side of the arc just 2:03 into the game. Glynn got her stick on Carter’s shot, and 77 seconds later, senior attacker Hannah Powers converted a pass from sophomore attacker Livy Rosenzweig to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead with 26:38 left in the first half.
Glynn made three sparkling saves during a 3-0 run over the final 7:38 that helped Loyola enter halftime with a 7-3 advantage. Greyhounds coach Jen Adams said Glynn’s play encouraged her defensive teammates to be more aggressive.
“Your goalie is the last line of your defense, and some of those shots were great shots, and she was able to get the saves,” Adams said. “It’s momentum-building anytime in the game. In the same way, when you’re playing at Syracuse, and you’re not getting those saves, it can dig you into a bit of a hole. But when you get them and you get them early on, it fires up our defense, and then they know that they can play a very confident style of defense out on their players.”
Another aspect of Saturday’s defensive outing was freshman defender Kate Detwiler’s face-guarding effort against Carter, one of 50 players placed Thursday night on the Tewaaraton Award watch list. Carter, who had entered the game with 15 goals and four assist, was kept off the scoreboard until the 22:34 mark of the second half and finished with only one goal on three shots.
“I knew she was a very good righty attacker,” Detwiler said. “So I tried to stay up on that right side and force her left as best as I could. She’s a really quick cutter. So I just tried to find out which way she was going and try to stick with her each time.”
Powers led all scorers with six points on four goals and two assists, and Rosenzweig chipped in five points on three goals and two assists. But Powers noted that the offense was buoyed by two goals from senior midfielder Taylor VanThof and one goal each from senior attacker Emily Cooper (Archbishop Spalding), sophomore midfielder Sam Fiedler (Garrison Forest), sophomore midfielder Ellie Kluegel and freshman midfielder Jillian Watson (Gerstell Academy).
“I think those are teams that win championships, that have so many players who can score,” Powers said. “Say, somebody’s not having a good day. We can go to the next person, and they’re going to be able to produce those points for that day.”
Senior midfielder Kayla Brisolari (Archbishop Spalding) paced the Nittany Lions with four goals, junior attacker Maria Auth (North Harford) added two goals and one assist, and freshman goalie Taylor Suplee (Southern) made 11 saves.
Adams said she was pleased to see the Greyhounds rebound from the setback at Syracuse.
“It’s important for us to bounce back, yes,” she said. “I think the promising thing coming off the Syracuse game was, we ended that game playing some really great lacrosse. It was just a shame that we couldn’t show up and start the game that way. I think it shows a lot of character that they were able to not get down on themselves, dig in, play some Loyola lacrosse there, and leave the Carrier Dome with some integrity. And coming into this game, it was like, let’s keep the ball rolling. Let’s make sure we start how we finished that game and continue through the full 60 minutes.”