Women's Lax Hosts Fifth-Straight Ranked Foe Saturday In No. 9 Penn State

March 6, 2015


Game Information
Opponent No. 9 Penn State
Date Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Today’s Game
Today’s game will be featured as week five of the ILWomen Gameday series.
Both squads enter the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
The Nittany Lions are Loyola’s fifth-straight nationally ranked opponent this season and the second-straight top-10 foe. Loyola lost at No. 4 Florida, 11-8, Tuesday.
The game will be broadcast 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 a nine-game conference win streak into the season, as they went 8-0 in their first season of the Patriot League after finishing their BIG EAST slate with a win over UConn.
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, Feb. 25, 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, 35 of the Greyhounds’ 38 goals have come from a senior, while 49 of the 55 points recorded this year are from a fourth-year player. 

Loyola Greyhounds (1-3, 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 four games, led by senior Hannah Schmitt , who has 14 points on 11 goals and three assists. Averaging 3.33 goals per game, Schmitt leads the Patriot League in the category. 
Of Loyola’s 38 goals this year, 35 have been scored by a senior. Junior Maddy Blakeman and redshirt sophomore Katrina Geiger are the only non-seniors to score. 
Taryn VanThof leads the field players with nine ground balls and 10 draw controls.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 10.00 goals per game and has 11 ground balls.

Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Penn State enters the game 3-1 on the season and looking to get back on track after a 16-15 loss to Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 28. 
The Nittany Lions own wins over Lehigh, 15-7, Bucknell, 17-2, and Duquesne, 16-0.
PSU’s offense, led by Maggie McCormick (11a, 16pts) and Steph Lazo (11g, 12pts), is outscoring its opponents, 63-25 this season. 
Abby Smucker leads the team with seven ground balls and seven caused turnovers.
On the draw, Jenna Mosketti has won a team-best 11 and Ally Heavens has 10.
In goal, Emi Smith has played 210 minutes and is allowing 6.86 goals per game, while stopping 52.9 percent of shots faced. 

Series vs. Penn State
Penn State knotted the series at 14 all with an  18-11 win at the PSU Lacrosse Compex last year.
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 four meetings Loyola has been victorious three times. 

Up Next
Loyola will face a sixth-straight nationally ranked opponent on Wednesday, March 11 as it heads to Virginia for a 7 p.m., contest.