Women's Lacrosse Renews Rivalry With Princeton On Saturday

Feb. 20, 2014

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Opponent Princeton Tigers
Date Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Saturday’s Game
Saturday’s game marks the first time Princeton and Loyola have met since 2009.
• Both squads enter the season ranked nationally, with the Greyhounds checking in at No. 6, while the Tigers are 17th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
• Loyola brings a 1-0 record into the game, while it will be Princeton’s season opener.
• Junior Hannah Schmitt (offensive), junior Taryn VanThof (midfielder), sophomore Molly Wolf (defensive) and Bailey Mathis (rookie) swept this week’s Patriot League weekly awards.

Loyola Greyhounds
• Loyola, the preseason Patriot League favorite, earned a 16-12 upset victory on the road at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday.
• Junior Hannah Schmitt tied a career-best with a game-high six goals, while senior Marlee Paton, the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, added a game-high seven points on two goals and five assists.
• Defensively, freshman Bailey Mathis limited UVa’s top attacker, Courtney Swan’s, ability to contribute, while sophomore Molly Wolf earned 11 saves in goal.
• Redshirt junior Taryn VanThof was dominant on the draw, winning a game-high six draw controls to go with four draw controls.
• Paton and VanThof earned Preseason All-America honors from ILWomen, while the duo were joined by sophomore Maddy Lesher , Schmitt and junior Annie Thomas on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

Princeton Tigers
• Princeton returns eight starters from a squad that went 10-7 last year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Duke, 10-9, in the first round.
• Ivy League Attacker of the Year Erin McMunn is one of four attackers who return after contributing 74 percent of the Tigers’ point production last year.
• The Tigers welcome seven freshmen, including five high school All-Americans.
The Greyhounds are renewing their rivalry with Princeton for the first time since 2009.
• Loyola and Princeton date back to 1989 with the Tigers holding an 8-3 advantage.
• The 1989 meeting was the lone match-up until 2000 when the squads started playing every year until 2007. Princeton held a 6-3 advantage in those games, but both squads were nationally ranked through each contest.
• There were three upsets through those nine games, with No. 6 Loyola knocking off No. 2 Princeton, 13-9, in New Jersey in 2001. The 2003 season also featured a pair of upsets, with No. 5 Loyola using triple overtime to upsetting top-ranked Princeton 9-8 on the road in March. The Tigers exacted their revenge in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament though, knocking off the top-ranked Greyhounds, 5-3, at Syracuse.  
• Princeton won the last meeting at home, a 13-7 decision in 2009.
• The last time the Tigers came to Baltimore was in 2006 when the 12th-ranked Greyhounds fell to No. 6 Princeton, 12-7.
• Loyola’s last win in the series with the 9-8 triple-overtime decision in 2003.
• Princeton is 4-1 when playing in Baltimore, but it’s never played at Ridley Athletic Complex. 

Clean Sweep
• Loyola swept the season’s first Patriot League weekly awards with Hannah Schmitt (offensive), junior Taryn VanThof (midfielder), sophomore Molly Wolf (defensive) and freshman Bailey Mathis (rookie) being honored as the respective players of the week.
• Schmitt had six goals in the 16-12 road win at No. 6 Virginia to start the season.
• VanThof added three goals, four ground balls, six draw controls and two caused turnover.
• Wolf earned 11 saves in the game, marking her fourth double-digit save game.
• Mathis marked up on Courtney Swan, holding one of the nation’s top attackers to just four shots throughout the game. 

A League of her Own
• Senior Marlee Paton became the first Greyhound to reach 100 goals, 75 assists, 200 points and 100 ground balls throughout their career (ground ball records were not consistently kept prior to 1989).
• Read a Baltimore Sun piece about Paton that will be in Friday's paper by clicking here
• Paton and fellow Aussie Stacey Morlang ‘02 are the only two Greyhounds to reach 100 goals, 50 assists, 200 points and 100 ground balls, as Morlang concluded her career with 221 goals, 67 assists, 288 points and 120 ground balls.
• Janet Eisenhut ‘83, Rita Ciletti ‘86 and Andi Holthaus ‘87 reached the 100 goals, 50 assists and 200 points milestones, however ground balls were not tracked prior to 1989.
• Eisenhut concluded her career with 223 goals, 61 assists and 284 points, Holthaus had 184 goals, 62 points and 246 points, and Ciletti had 149 goals, 79 assists and 228 points.
Grace Gavin ‘11 was eight ground balls shy of the club, finishing her career with a school-record 229 goals and 311 points, to go with 82 assists and 92 ground balls.  

Climbing the Charts
• Three Greyhounds are climbing the program’s all-time career record charts.
• Senior Marlee Paton is currently ranked 10th in career goals (133), fifth in assists (76) and seventh in points (209).  
• Redshirt junior Taryn VanThof won 75 draw controls last season, the second-most in program history. She’s currently ranked ninth on the career records with 111.
• Junior Annie Thomas moved into a tie for 10th place on the program’s top-10 career records for assists with one at No. 6 Virginia. She currently has 59 throughout her career. 

Collegiate Firsts
• Three Greyhounds made their collegiate debuts in Loyola’s season opening road win at No. 6 Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 15.
Bailey Mathis started in the midfield, while Emily Clark and Cami Whiteford checked in during the second half.
• Senior Ali Habicht also earned her first collegiate start in Charlottesville. 

Unfamiliar Foes
• Princeton will mark one of eight unfamiliar opponents for the Greyhounds’ this year.
• Loyola will face two programs it has never played in women’s lacrosse before, Holy Cross and Navy, while the Greyhounds will also take on six squads that is hasn’t played in head coach Jen Adams’ tenure; Colgate (last meeting 1982), Bucknell (1991), Lehigh (1991), Lafayette (1995), American (2002) and Boston University (2007).
• Adams’ squads have only taken the field one time versus the Tigers, a 13-7 loss at Princeton in 2009, her first season.

Up Next
• Loyola will head down Charles Street for a contest at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.  
• Opening draw is slated for 5 p.m., with the game being televised by ESPNU.