|Date||Tuesday, March 15, 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.
This will be the Greyhounds' Patriot League opener. Loyola has won all 16 regular-season League games it has played and has captured back-to-back conference titles.
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.
Wolf recorded her 500th career save in a 7-6 upset win over No. 8 Virginia to become the sixth Greyhound in program history to reach the plateau and just the third since the turn of the century.
Nine Greyhounds have made their first career start this season.
Loyola's 10-member freshman class was ranked ninth nationally by ILWomen.
Loyola Greyhounds (2-4, 0-0 Patriot League)
All six of Loyola's opponents this season have been nationally ranked, including two that are currently among the top three and four that were in the top-10 at the time of the meeting. Loyola won two of those games, knocking off No. 16 Johns Hopkins in double overtime, 8-7, and No. 8 Virginia, 7-6.
Senior Maddy Blakeman leads Loyola with 10 goals and 13 points this year, while freshman Hannah Powers is second with 11 points on a team-best six assists.
Senior Maddy Lesher , the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this week, leads the Patriot League with 3.2 ground balls per game, while Kristen Yanchoris , the League's rookie of the week this week, has a team-best 10 caused turnovers.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf has recorded three double-digit save games in six outings and became the sixth Greyhound in program history to reach 500 career saves. Wolf ranks second in the Patriot League with 8.67 save per game and a .460 save percentage.
American Eagles (3-6, 0-1 Patriot League)
The Eagles are coming off three-straight losses, including a pair of one-goal games. American dropped a 12-11 double-OT contest to Richmond and most recently, a 7-6 loss to Old Dominion. The Eagles also lost to Boston University, 14-4, in their League opener.
Olivia Mangan leads American with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists, while Jennifer DeSimone has a team-best 21 goals.
In goal, Fiona Geier has played all 548 minutes. She has posted an 11.83 goals-against average and a .393 save percentage.
The Greyhounds and Eagles, former conference foes in the Colonial Athletic Association, have met 17 times, with Loyola coming out on top of each of them.
The two squads met every year from 1992-2002 before renewing their rivalry in 2014.
In the 17 meetings, the Greyhounds have outscored the Eagles, 285-63.
Loyola will remain home to host Navy on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
The game will be televised live by American Sports Network (ASN).