|Opponent||No. 3 Syracuse Orange|
|Date||Sunday, February 14, 2016|
|Location||Syracuse, New York | Carrier Dome|
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Things To Know
• Loyola is in its 44th season of women’s lacrosse competition.
• Both teams were conference champions in 2015, as Loyola won a second-straight Patriot League title and Syracuse claimed its first ACC Championship.
• In graduating four starting attackers and two midfielders, Loyola lost 88 percent of its scoring from a year ago (373 of 424 points), including 85.6 percent of its goals (243 of 284) and 93 percent of its assists (130 of 140).
• With 17 goals last year, senior Maddy Blakeman is the team’s top returner scorer.
• Defensively, the Greyhounds boast a pair of ILWomen Preseason All-Americans. Senior Maddy Lesher , a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the League’s preseason favorite for the award again this season, was one of five defenders named to the Preseason All-America First Team, while senior Molly Wolf was included as the Preseason All-America Second Team goalkeeper, coming in behind only UNC’s Caylee Waters, the first-team selection.
• Lesher, Wolf and junior defender Bailey Mathis were voted to the 12-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team, while Loyola, winners of all 16 of its regular-season League games, was picked as the favorite in the Preseason Poll for a third-straight year.
• The Greyhounds’ 10-member freshman class was ranked ninth nationally by ILWomen.
Loyola Greyhounds (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League)
• Loyola is coming off a 15-6 loss at No. 7 Florida in the season opener.
• Sophomore Frankie Kamely led the way with four goals in the game to record her first career hat trick, while senior Molly Wolf turned back 12 shots to pick up her 16th career double-digit save performance.
• Seven Greyhounds made their first career start in the contest: junior Amy Abdalla , junior Emily Clark , Kamely, freshman Hannah Powers , junior Cami Whiteford and freshman Kristen Yanchoris .
Syracuse Orange (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
• Syracuse, ACC Champions in 2015, was voted the preseason favorite in the ACC.
• The Orange return Preseason All-ACC Team honorees, Kayla Treanor, Halle Majorana and Mallory Vehar.
• Treanor is a two-time defending ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-ACC First Team selection. The ACC Tournament MVP recorded 91 points on 60 goals and 31 assists last season.
• Majorana shared the team lead with 91 points last year, scoring 55 goals and 36 assists. She picked up All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Tournament Team honors.
• Vehar anchored the defense, leading the Orange with 27 casued turnovers and finishing second on the squad with 38 ground balls.
• The former BIG EAST foes have met every season for the last 14-straight years, with Syracuse holding a 10-6 advantage in the all-time series.
• Of the last six meetings, five have been played in Syracuse, including last year’s regular season finale that was moved due to the Baltimore riots. The Greyhounds won that contest, 9-8, at the SU Soccer Stadium.
• Loyola returned to Syracuse for the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships two weeks later, which the Orange won, 10-7.
• This will be the sixth-straight meeting where the Orange have been ranked among the top five. Loyola upset Syracuse twice in that span, recording a 13-7 win in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship game and last year’s 9-8 win in the season finale.
• The Greyhounds will remain on the road for a third-straight contest, as Loyola will travel down Charles Street to face Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
• Opening draw in scheduled for 7 p.m. at Homewood Field.