|Opponent||No. 9 Penn State|
|Date||Saturday, March 7, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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• 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.
• Loyola will face a sixth-straight nationally ranked opponent on Wednesday, March 11 as it heads to Virginia for a 7 p.m., contest.