Loyola Maryland and UMBC needed some overtime heroics Saturday to keep their conference goals alive. The Greyhounds' Emily Clark and UMBC's Sam Nolan came through with game-winning goals.
Clark's goal 1:10 into overtime edged Lehigh, 14-13, and kept the Greyhounds undefeated in Patriot League play. Nolan's goal 3:30 into overtime nipped Binghamton, 11-10, and kept the Retrievers hopes for an America East playoff berth alive.
Both players earned conference Player of the Week honors — Clark as Midfielder of the Week and Nolan as Offensive Player of the Week. It was the first conference award of Clark's career and the first this season for Nolan.
The juniors grew up playing high school lacrosse not far from each other — Clark at North Harford and Nolan at Fallston. They don't know each other, but they remember each other as players to be reckoned with on the high school field.
Now Nolan is one of UMBC's leaders, ranking fifth in the conference with 3.64 points per game. Saturday's overtime goal was her third game winner this season. She finished with seven points on three goals and four assists.
"It was a huge win for us, because we're 2-2 in the conference. We have a good game with Vermont Saturday and next week, we have New Hampshire for senior day. If we win both of those games, we'll be 4-2, which we haven't done since I've been here, and we would get the third seed in the tournament," said Nolan, who leads UMBC in assists with 18 and is second in goals with 33.
Clark is one of the emerging leaders on a young Loyola team with her all-around game. She has 11 goals, four assists, 13 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers. She's also shooting 84.6 percent.
In the win over Lehigh, she had career bests in points with six, goals with four and assists with two.
"It was really exciting," she said of her first career game winner. "I think they focused a lot of their attention on other attackers on our team who have contributed a lot this year. They faced guarded Maddy Blakeman and Hannah Powers, so that left lanes open for me to get to goal."
Clark also noted that the win kept Loyola on pace to host the Patriot League Tournament.
Wednesday, she scored a goal as they defeated Bucknell, 13-7, to clinch a share of the regular-season title. The Greyhounds, who have won both Patriot League championships since joining the conference in 2014, would host the tournament if they beat either Lafayette on Saturday or Army next Saturday.
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Taylor Cummings has been a Big Ten Player of the Week six times in nine weeks and the Maryland senior has won the offensive award three times and the defensive award three times. That versatility contributed to the McDonogh graduate winning the past two Tewaaraton Awards and could make her the first three-time winner.
Her latest Big Ten award was Co-Offensive Player of the Week after wins over No. 11 Princeton and No. 8 Ohio State last week. She had seven goals, two assists, 12 draw controls, nine ground balls and two caused turnovers in the two wins, helping her lead the Big Ten with 5.0 points per game.
She leads the No. 1 Terps in points (55), draw controls (94), ground balls (46) and caused turnovers (39).
Quick Hits: After Wednesday's 17-6 win over Virginia, the Terps' final home game of the regular season, Maryland's senior class is 42-0 in College Park. … Robert Morris senior Jessica Karwacki (Hereford), who broke the Division I record for career draw controls last season, is the first player to go over 600. … Loyola's Maddy Lesher ranks fifth in Division I with 2.92 caused turnovers per game and with 102 for her career, she's the fifth Greyhound to hit 100. … The Terps are first in scoring offense with 15.47 goals per game. … Towson ranks second in scoring defense, allowing just 6.08 goals per game.