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Saturday's Lacrosse Doubleheader Ends With Women's Lax Hosting No. 19 JMU

Feb. 27, 2015

Game Information
Opponent No. 19 James Madison
Date Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time 5 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Tonight's Game
Loyola is looking to extend an eight-game win streak at Ridley Athletic Complex.  
The Greyhounds opened the season at No. 15 Princeton, falling 10-8 to the Tigers, before using a pair of overtime goals to knock off No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 12-10, in the home opener on Wednesday night.
James Madison is 3-1 this season and on a three-game win streak.
Both squads enter the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, with the Greyhounds checking in at 14 and the Dukes at No. 19.
The Dukes are Loyola's third-straight nationally ranked opponent this season.
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 eight-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. 
On Wednesday night, Thomas became the first player in program history, and the 50th in NCAA history, to reach 100 goals and 100 assists in their career. 
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. So far this year, 18 of the Greyhounds' 20 goals have come from a senior. 

Loyola Greyhounds (1-1, 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. 
Eight Greyhounds have scored in the first two games, led by senior Hannah Schmitt , who has eight points on five goals and three assists. 
Of Loyola's 20 goals this year, 18 have been scored by a senior. Junior Maddy Blakeman and redshirt sophomore Katrina Geiger are the only non-seniors to score. 
Maddy Lesher leads the defense with six ground balls and three caused turnovers. 

James Madison Dukes (3-1, 0-0 CAA)
The Dukes bring a 3-1 record into the game. Following a 13-9 season-opening loss at North Carolina, James Madison has rallied to top Virginia Tech (13-8), UConn (15-11) and High Point (16-8). 
JMU is led offensively by Betsy Angel's 11 goals and 14 points and Stephanie Finley's 10 goals and 12 points, while Alison Curwin's six assists leads the team.
Lexi Cross anchors the defense with 14 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
In goal, Schylar Healy has posted a 9.77 goals-against averageto go wtih 39 saves and a .500 save percentage. 

Up Next
The Greyhounds will head to Florida to take on the fourth-ranked Gators. 
Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday.