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No. 17 Johns Hopkins Visits Ridley Wednesday For Women's Lax Home Opener

Feb. 25, 2015

Game Information
Opponent No. 17 Johns Hopkins
Date Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time 6 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Tonight’s Game
Tonight’s game marks the home opener for the Greyhounds.
Loyola is looking to extend a seven-game win streak at Ridley Athletic Complex.  
The Greyhounds opened the season at No. 15 Princeton, falling 10-8 to the Tigers.
Johns Hopkins enters the game 2-1, as it has wins over Marquette, 8-7 in double overtime, and George Washington, 16-3, and a loss to No. 6 Boston College, 9-5. The Blue Jays’ game against Buckell scheduled for Saturday was postponed. 
Hopkins’ head coach Janine Tucker and assistant coach Tara Singleton are Loyola women’s lacrosse alumnae.
Both squads enter the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
The Blue Jays won last year’s meeting, 6-5, at Homewood Field.  
The game will be streamed live on the Patriot League 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.
Loyola is also on a seven-game win streak at Ridley Athletic Complex.  
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. 
Thomas is looking to become the first player in program history, and the 50th in NCAA history, to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in their career. She entered the year with 104 goals and 97 assists and needs just one more assist to do so.
Loyola’s senior class has accounted for more than 60 percent of the team’s scoring the past three years; including goals, assists and points.  

Loyola Greyhounds (0-1, 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.

Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (2-1)
The Blue Jays lost three of its top point scorers from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 15-5 overall record.
Johns Hopkins will look to replace Sammy Cermack, Taylor D’Amore and Sarah Taylor, who combined for 119 goals, 77 assists and 196 points last season.
After three games, Dene’ DiMartino leads the offense with seven points (5g, 2a).
In goal, KC Emerson returns after posting a 7.07 goals against average last year and a .479 save percentage to go with 56 saves.  

Series vs. Hopkins
Loyola holds a 12-2 advantage in the all-time series, but the Blue Jays own the last two victories.
The Charles Street rivals met every year from 1975 through 1982, with Loyola winning all 11 meetings and outscoring their opponents, 142-39.
Since renewing the series in 2012, the Blue Jays hold a 2-1 advantage.

Up Next
The Greyhounds will remain at Ridley Athletic Complex to host James Madison on Saturday at 5 p.m.