March 17, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse All-Americans Marlee Paton and Taryn VanThof have been honored by the Patriot League as the offensive and midfield players of the week, respectively, as announced by the league office Monday.
The duo was instrumental in the Greyhounds’ 7-6 win over No. 17 Towson on Wednesday and followed it up with a pair of career-best performances in Loyola’s inaugural Patriot League contest on Saturday, a 22-12 win at Lafayette.
Paton, from Seaholme, Australia, became the third Greyhound to earn Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors after contributing a career-best 10 points on six goals and four assists in the win over the Leopards. The 10 points mark the most for a Greyhound since Stacey Morlang had a school-record 16 in 2002. Paton also tallied four ground balls and four draw controls in the win.
Against Towson on Wednesday, Paton was face guarded and held without a point for only the fifth time throughout her career, and for the second time in the last three seasons, but she still managed a pair of ground balls, a draw control and two caused turnovers. The only player in program history to record 100 goals, 75 assists, 200 points and 100 ground balls throughout her career, Paton is currently in the top-five in school history with 231 points and second all-time with 82 assists.
VanThof set a school and Patriot League record with 15 draw controls at Lafayette on Saturday. The Livonia, N.Y., native won 14 in the second half, helping Loyola win 21 of 22 second-half draw controls, en route to tying the fourth-most single-game output in NCAA history. She also added a goal and two assists in the game to extend her goal-scoring streak to a team-high 17-straight games.
In the win over Towson, VanThof had a goal and an assist, while also adding two ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. For the week, she finished with two goals, three assists, four ground balls, 19 draw controls and six caused turnovers.
This marks the second weekly award for VanThof, as she was also named the league’s midfielder of the week on Feb. 18.
Loyola will return to action on Wednesday when it heads to Bucknell for a 7 p.m. contest.