|Opponent||No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers|
|Date||Wednesday, March 9, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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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 (1-4, 0-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds have faced four top-20 foes this season, including three in the top 10.
Senior Maddy Blakeman leads the offense with 10 points on seven goals and three assists, while Frankie Kamely has a team-best eight goals and freshman Hannah Powers has a team-best five assists.
Defensively, senior Maddy Lesher leads the way with 12 ground balls and freshman Kristen Yanchoris has a team-best seven caused turnovers.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf has recorded three double-digit save performances in five outings and was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on February 29.
Virginia Cavaliers (4-2, 0-1 ACC)
Virginia is coming off a 14-8 loss to Syracuse in its ACC opener at home. Kasey Behr scored three goals in the contest.
Posey Valis leads the Cavaliers with 17 goals and 18 points, while Kelly Reese (13g, 4a) and Besser Dyson (11g, 6a) have 17 points each.
Mary Alati leads the field players with 14 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
In goal, Rachel Vander Kolk is allowing 11.18 goals per game and stopping 43.6 percent of shots faced.
In a series that dates back to 1981, Loyola trails Virginia, 23-10-1.
The two storied programs played every year from 1981-2005 before renewing the rivalry in 2009. Since then, games have been played on four different fields - Loyola's DGA Field and Ridley Athletic Complex, and Virginia's turf field and Klöckner Stadium.
Of the 26 meetings since incorporating national rankings in 1989, 18 have been won by the underdog, including six of Loyola's wins being upsets over a then-top-10 squad.
The underdog has been victorious in the last six-straight games, including then-No. 16 Loyola's 13-12 overtime win over then-No. 8 Virginia at Klöckner Stadium last year.
The Greyhounds will begin Patriot League play against American on Tuesday.
Loyola will host the Eagles at 7 p.m.