Women's Lax Begins Season With Top-10 Tilt At No. 6 Virginia

Feb. 12, 2014

Game Information
Opponent Virginia Cavaliers
Date Saturday, February 15, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Virginia | Turf Field**
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**Saturday's game has been moved from Klöckner Stadium to the UHall Turf Field

Saturday's Game
Saturday's game marks the start of Loyola's 42nd season of women's lacrosse.
• This marks the fourth-straight year that the Greyhounds have opened their season against Virginia, with the Cavaliers holding a 2-1 edge in those games.
Virginia, ranked eighth in preseason polls, gave up a free-position goal in the final 16.7 seconds to fall to No. 4 Northwestern, 13-12, in a neutral site game on Sunday. Despite the loss, Virginia moved up two spots to No. 6 in the IWLCA Coaches Polls.
• Eventual national champion North Carolina ended Loyola and Virginia's seasons in the second round and quarterfinal round of last year's NCAA Tournament, respectively. 

Season Openers
• Loyola holds an all-time record of 27-13-1 in season openers and a 14-8 mark when opening the season on the road.
This will be the fourth-straight year the Greyhounds face Virginia in the first game of the season. Loyola holds a 1-2 record in those first three games, with its lone win being a 15-8 decision at Ridley Athletic Complex in 2011.
Under head coach Jen Adams , Loyola is 2-3 in season openers. 

Loyola Greyhounds (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
• Loyola, the preseason Patriot League favorite, returns 10 starters from a squad that advanced to its third-straight NCAA Tournament a year ago.
• Senior Marlee Paton was voted the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named a preseason first-team All-American by ILWomen.
• Redshirt junior Taryn VanThof was also named a preseason All-American, earning a spot on the second team, while junior Hannah Schmitt , junior Annie Thomas and sophomore Maddy Lesher joined Paton and VanThof on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
• In addition to those five Greyhounds, Loyola also returns senior captain Katie Reinhard, juniors Sydney Thomas and Kara Burke , and sophomores Katrina Geiger , Maddy Lesher and goalkeeper Molly Wolf to the starting lineup.

Virginia Cavaliers (0-1, 0-0 ACC)
• Virginia advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last year, knocking off Penn and Georgetown, before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina. 
• The Cavaliers, picked to finish fifth in the ACC this year, finished 2013 with an 11-10 record.
• Virginia, led by Preseason All-ACC selection Casey Bocklet, returns almost 88 percent of its offense from the 2013 squad that posted an 11-10 overall record.  

Series Record
In a series that dates back to 1981, Loyola trails Virginia, 8-23-1.
The two storied programs played every year from 1981-2005, with Virginia posting a 6-20-1 record throughout that run. 
Since the rivalry was renewed in 2009, the series has been played on four different fields, with the Cavaliers holding a 3-2 lead. 

Up Next
• Loyola will have a week to prepare for its home opener versus No. 16 Princeton on Saturday, Feb. 22. 
• Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex