Tough Slate Continues For Women's Lacrosse At No. 8 Penn State Saturday

March 3, 2016

Game Information
Opponent Penn State Nittany Lions
Date Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location State College, Pennsylvania | PSU Lacrosse Field
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Things To Know
Loyola is in its 44th season of women’s lacrosse competition.
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 (1-3, 0-0 Patriot League)
Senior Maddy Blakeman leads nine Greyhounds in scoring this year with eight points this year, while sophomore Frankie Kamely has a team-best seven goals.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf has posted at least 10 saves in three of four games. She was named the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this week after recording a pair of back-to-back 10-save games vs. No. 16 Johns Hopkins and Towson.
Freshman Kristen Yanchoris leads the defense with nine ground balls and six caused turnovers, while senior Maddy Lesher has eight ground balls and junior Emily Clark has four caused turnovers.

Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
The Nittany Lions, coming off an 11-7 win over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, bring a 3-1 record into the contest. Their lone loss was a 16-13 decision to Virginia, while they opened the season by beating Lehigh, 13-6, and Duquesne, 19-5.
Madison Cyr lead the Nittany Lions with 13 goals, three assists and 16 points.
Katie O’Donnell is second on the team with 11 points (9g, 2a), while Madison Carter has 10 points on nine goals and one assist.
Taylor Bleistein leads the defense with eight ground balls and Abby Smucker has a team-best six caused turnvoers.
In goal, Emi Smith has played 197 minutes, posting an 8.23 goals-against average and .449 save percentage.

Series History
Penn State took a one-game advantage in the all-time series last year, beating the Greyhounds, 12-8, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola’s first three wins in the series all came in overtime, while Penn State claimed seven of the first 10 meetings from 1986-95.
The Greyhounds won a string of eight-straight games from 1994-2001 to take a 9-7 lead in the seris, but the Nittany Lions won six of the next eight from 2002-10 regain the lead, 13-11.
Of the last five meetings Loyola has been victorious three times, while the Nittany Lions own the last two wins.

Up Next
Loyola will return to Baltimore for a three-game homestand.
The Greyhounds will first host Virginia on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.