Season Opener For Women's Lacrosse Set For Noon Saturday At Princeton

Feb. 19, 2015

Game Information
Opponent No. 15 Princeton Tigers
Date Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time Noon
Location Princeton, N.J. | Class of 1952 Stadium
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Today's Game
Today's game marks the season opener for both Loyola and Princeton, as the two teams will meet at the Class of 1952 Stadium at noon.
Both squads enter the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
The Greyhounds won last year's meeting, 15-10, at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. 
This is Loyola's first game at Princeton since a 13-7 loss in 2009.
The game will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Things to Know
 This marks Loyola's 43rd season of women's lacrosse competition.
Loyola was picked as the preseason favorites in the Patriot League after winning the regular season and tournament titles in its inaugural year.
The Greyhounds bring an eight-game conference win streak into the season, as they went 8-0 in their first season of Patriot League play.
Senior Annie Thomas and junior Maddy Lesher were tabbed the preseason Patriot League offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.
Lesher, Thomas and redshirt senior Taryn VanThof , a member of the US National Team, were named Preseason All-Americans by ILWomen last year. 
Thomas is looking to become the first player in program history, and the 50th in NCAA history, to record 100 goals and 100 assists throughout their career. She enters the year with 104 goals and 97 assists.
Loyola's senior class has accounted for more than 60 percent of the team's scoring the past three years; goals, assists and points.  

Loyola Greyhounds (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds return 10 starters from last year's squad that finished the year with a 15-6 overall record, an 8-0 mark in conference play, the school's first-ever Patriot League Championship and a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. 
Loyola's offense returns intact, as the Greyhounds return more than 75 percent of its scoring and six of its top seven scorers. 
Senior Annie Thomas led the way with 79 points a year ago, finishing the season with 40 goals and a team-best 39 assists. She picked up third-team All-America and Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Maddy Lesher , the league's defender of the year, and Molly Wolf both return to anchor the defense. Lesher is the team's top mark-up defender, while Wolf finished last year with an 8.52 GAA and a .469 save percentage between the pipes.

Princeton Tigers (0-0, 0-0 IVY League)
Princeton won the Ivy League title last year and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, eventually falling to Virginia. The Tigers finished the year with a 12-7 record.
Erin McMunn and Erin Slifer picked up preseason All-America honors by ILWomen this season. McMunn, a two-time All-American led the Tigers in scoring the last two years and is coming off a 57 point campaign, which featured 44 goals and 13 assists. 
Slifer was second on the team in scoring with 52-points on a team-high 24 assists and 28 goals. 
Annie Woehling returns as the starting goalkeeper. Woehling finished the season with an 8.49 goals against average and a .444 save percentage.

Series vs. Princeton
Loyola is 4-8 all-time against the Tigers, including 2-3 at Princeton.
Both of the Greyhounds' road wins came in dramatic fashion, with the first being a 13-9 upset win over the No. 2-ranked Tigers in 2001.
Loyola followed that up in 2003 by beating No. 1 Princeton, 9-8, in triple overtime. The Greyhounds took over the top spot in the nation and finished that year 17-2 after being knocked out of the NCAA semifinals by eventual national champion, and fifth-ranked,  Princeton, 5-3, at Syracuse.
The Greyhounds won the most recent game, 15-10, last year in Baltimore, but the Tigers have won the last three meetings in Princeton.
At least one team has been ranked in the top-10 in all but one of the 11 meetings.

Season Openers
Loyola holds an all-time record of 28-13-1 in season openers and a 15-8 mark when opening the season on the road.
Under head coach Jen Adams , Loyola is 3-3 in season openers, with two of those losses being one-goal decisions. 
This is the eighth time in the last nine years that the Greyhounds have opened their season against a nationally ranked opponent.
With a 16-12 win over No. 6 Virginia in Charlottesville to open the season last year, Loyola is now 5-6 against nationally ranked foes in a season opener. 

Up Next
Loyola hosts No. 17 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday in its home opener at 6 p.m.