|Date||Saturday, March 14, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. |Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats|Video|
This marks the Patriot League opener for the Greyhounds, while the Leopards began league play on Saturday with a 20-5 loss to Navy.
In last year's meeting, redshirt senior Taryn VanThof broke the Loyola and Patriot League single game records for draw controls, winning 15.
The Greyhounds are looking to carry the momentum over from a 13-12 upset win in overtime at Virginia on Wednesday night.
Dating back to 2013, the Greyhounds are on an nine-game conference win streak, as they won their final BIG EAST game and went 8-0 in Patriot League play last year.
Loyola enters the game ranked nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
The game will be broadcast 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.
Loyola is coming off a 13-12 overtime win at No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday. Senior Hannah Schmitt scored three goals in overtime and classmate Kara Burke had a career-high six points in the win, including a personal-best three assists.
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, 53 of the Greyhounds' 59 goals have come from a senior, while 76 of the 85 points recorded this year are from a fourth-year player.
Loyola Greyhounds (2-4, 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 six games, led by senior Hannah Schmitt , who has 22 points on 18 goals and four assists. Senior Annie Thomas leads the team with 10 assists and is second with 18 points.
Of Loyola's 59 goals this year, 53 have been scored by a senior. Junior Maddy Blakeman and redshirt sophomore Katrina Geiger are the only non-seniors to score.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 10.48 goals per game and has 13 ground balls.
Lafayette Leopards (1-6, 0-1 Patriot League)
The Leopards, led offensively by Kirsten Wilhelmsen's 17 goals and 14 draw controls, are looking to break a four-game losing skid.
Lafayette has been outscored 105-47 this season, with their lone victory a 14-12 decision over UC Davis on February 22.
In goal, Anna Raymond has started all seven games, posting a 14.74 GAA and a .329 save percentage to go with 49 saves.
Series vs. Lafayette
Loyola and Lafayette met every year from 1982 through 1995, with the Greyhounds holding an 8-6 advantage through those games.
Following an 18-year hiatus in the all-time series, the two squads met last year in Loyola's inaugural Patriot League game, with the Greyhounds coming up with the 22-12 victory.
Loyola is currently on a five-game win streak when facing the Leopards.
Loyola will remain home to host Bucknell on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The game will be the first of a doubleheader with the Greyhounds' men's team.