Women's Lax Home Opener Features 44th All-Time Meeting With Towson

Feb. 25, 2016

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Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Sunday, February 28, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Things To Know
Loyola is in its 44th season of women’s lacrosse competition.
This marks the Greyhounds’ home opener. Loyola is currently riding a seven-game win streak at home and holds a 39-12 record at Ridley Athletic Complex since its opening.
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 was also named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for a second-straight year.
Wolf, Lesher 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.
Nine Greyhounds have made their first career start this season.
The Greyhounds’ 10-member freshman class was ranked ninth nationally by ILWomen.

Loyola Greyhounds (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds are coming off an 8-7 double-overtime win at No. 16 Johns Hopkins.
Redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso scored the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining, while Loyola played a man down.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf logged her second double-digit save performance of the season, 17th of her career, by picking up 10 saves vs. Hopkins, including five in overtime.
With two goals vs. Hopkins, Tabasso now has four this year, while sophomore Frankie Kamely paces the attack with six. Senior Maddy Blakeman also has six points (4g, 2a).
Junior Emily Clark leads the team with five caused turnovers.

Towson Tigers (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
The Tigers bring an unblemished 3-0 record into Sunday’s game after knocking off Monmouth, 9-1, Jacksonville, 10-9, and UMBC, 14-4.
Kaitlyn Montalbano paces the offense with eight points (6g, 2a), while Emily Gillingham leads the way with seven goals. Carly Tellekamp also has seven points, on scoring five goals and adding two assists.
Nadia Podo leads the defense with nine ground balls and Tianna Wallpher has a team-best five caused turnovers.
In goal, Angie Benson has played 170 minutes, posting a 4.58 goals-against average and a .552 save percentage, allowing just 13 goals, while stopping 16 shots.

Series History
Loyola and Towson will meet for the 44th time in program history on Sunday. The Greyhounds have not faced any opponent more than the Tigers.
The two in-state rivals have played at least one time every year since 1977, with Loyola holding a 32-11 advantage in the series.
From 1983-2007, Loyola won 25-straight games, followed by a six games that saw the two squads split the victories (from 2008-13), with each winning respective road games.
Loyola snapped that streak in 2014 with a close 7-6 win over the Tigers at Ridley Athletic Complex, before recording a 15-5 win at Towson last season.
The Greyhounds are currently on a three-game win streak against Towson.

Home Sweet Home
Since beginning competition at Ridley Athletic Complex in March 2010, the Greyhounds have posted a 39-12 overall record on Awalt Field, including winning back-to-back Patriot League titles.
Loyola saw its longest win streak at the complex, an eight-game stretch, snapped on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, with an 11-10 loss to No. 19 James Madison in overtime. Prior to that game, the Greyhounds’ last loss was to No. 5 Florida, 14-13, on March 4, 2014.
Loyola is currently riding a seven-game win streak at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Up Next
Loyola heads back out on the road for a game at No. 6 Penn State next Saturday.
The Nittany Lions will be the Greyhounds’ fourth nationally ranked foe this season, including their third top-10 opponent. All four games have been played on the road.
Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Penn State Lacrosse Field.