|Date||Wednesday, March 11, 2015|
|Location||Charlottesville, Va. |Klöckner Stadium|
|Online Media||Live Stats|Video|
Both squads enter the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
The Cavaliers are Loyola's sixth-straight nationally ranked opponent this season and the third-straight top-10 foe. Loyola lost at No. 4 Florida, 11-8, last Tuesday and 12-8 to No. 9 Penn State on Saturday.
The underdog has been victorious in the last five meetings between the two programs.
The game will be broadcast on VirginiaSports.com.
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 (1-4, 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 five games, led by senior Hannah Schmitt , who has 17 points on 14 goals and three assists. Averaging 3.33 goals per game, Schmitt leads the Patriot League in the category.
Of Loyola's 46 goals this year, 42 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 team with 12 ground balls, 16 draw controls and five caused turnovers.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 10.38 goals per game and has 11 ground balls.
Virginia Cavaliers (3-3, 0-2 ACC)
Two of Virginia's losses have come to ACC foes, as the Cavaliers most recently dropped a 10-7 decision at North Carolina. They also fell to Syracuse, 14-13.
Liza Blue leads the attack with 12 goals and 19 points, while Courtney Swan also has 19 points on eight goals and a team-best 11 assists.
Swan and Blue have also teamed for over half of Virginia's 69 draw controls this season, with Swan winning 26 and Blue grabbing 15.
In goal, freshman Rachel Vander Kolk has a 10.00 GAA and a .417 save percentage.
Series vs. Virginia
In a series that dates back to 1981, Loyola trails Virginia, 9-23-1.
The two storied programs played every year from 1981-2005, with the Cavaliers posting a 20-6-1 record throughout that run.
Since the rivalry was renewed in 2009, the series has been played on four different fields - Loyola's DGA Field and Ridley Athletic Complex, and Virginia's turf field and Klöckner Stadium - with the two teams winning three games each.
Loyola has won two of the three meetings in Charlottesville since 2009, capturing a 15-11 victory in 2010 and a 16-12 decision in 2014. Both of those games were played at the UHall Turf Field, while the Greyhounds' lone loss, a 14-9 decision, came at Klöckner Stadium in 2012.
Four of Loyola's victories have been upset wins with all four upsets being while Virginia was ranked in the top-10 nationally, including last year's 16-12 win over the ninth-ranked Cavaliers.
Loyola also picked up upset wins in both 2010 and 2011, as the Greyhounds, ranked 14th in 2010, beat No. 10 Virginia, 15-11.
The Greyhounds followed that up with a win over the seventh-ranked Cavaliers in 2011, as No. 12 Loyola won, 15-8, at home.
The first time the Greyhounds upset Virginia was in the 1990 NCAA Tournament, when No. 7 Loyola knocked out No. 3 Virginia with a 13-7 win.
The underdog has been victorious in the last five-straight games.
The Greyhounds will begin Patriot League play by hosting Lafayette on Saturday.
Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.