BIG EAST Play Begins For Women's Lacrosse This Weekend

March 20, 2013

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Opponent Louisville Cardinals
Date Friday, March 22, 2013
Time 6 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Opponent Cincinnati Bearcats
Date Sunday, March 24, 2013
Time Noon
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Greyhounds (2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Loyola is looking to snap its three-game losing streak this weekend as it begins its quest for a third-straight BIG EAST title.
• The Greyhounds have captured the conference crown the last two years and are coming off a season in which they posted a program-best 7-1 record in BIG EAST play.
• Junior Marlee Paton leads the Greyhounds with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists.
• Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof leads the Greyhounds with 28 draw controls this year, tying Cincinnati's Kylie Ramsland for the most among all conference players.
• Defensively, freshman Molly Wolf is tied with Villanova's Amanda Hirschfeld for third with 2.71 ground balls per game, while Paton is fifth at 2.57 per outing.
• Wolf, is also second in the league with 7.00 saves per game.

Preseason All-BIG EAST
• Junior Marlee Paton , the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2012, and sophomores Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas were all unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
• Paton was voted the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year last year, joining Kate McHarg (2006) as the only Greyhounds to ever earn the award. Paton had a league-leading 48 points in league pay last year and a team-high 90 points in all games.
Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas were both first-team all-conference selections a year ago. The duo are two of three sophomores on the preseason team, as Notre Dame's defender Barbara Sullivan is the other sophomore.

Defending Champs
• Loyola won the last two BIG EAST Tournament Championships, knocking off top-seeded and second-ranked Syracuse, 13-7, in last year's title game. In 2011, the Greyhounds downed Notre Dame, 12-10, to win their first-ever BIG EAST championship.

Louisville Cardinals (7-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Louisville brings its best eight-game record in school history into this weekend and will be Loyola's sixth ranked opponent in eight games.
• The Cardinals lead the BIG EAST in goals (123), goals per game (15.38), draw controls (121) and draw controls per game (15.12) this season.
• Nikki Boltja leads the attack and the league with 3.62 goals per game, scoring 24, while Kaylin Morissette joins Boltja in the top 10 of the league's standings, adding 21 scores.
• Katie Oliverio and Erika Eipp are both ranked in the BIG EAST in assists per game with Oliverio sitting second with 19 and Eipp tacking on 11 to rank sixth.
• Defensively, Ashley Herbst has posted a 6.90 goals-against average and is stopping 47.4 percent of shots per game.

Series vs. Louisville
• Since Louisville joined the BIG EAST in 2008, Loyola is 4-1 vs. the Cardinals.
Loyola won the first meeting in 2008, 21-18, before falling, 13-12, at home in 2009.
The Greyhounds currently have a three-game win streak against the Cardinals.

Cincinnati Bearcats (4-2, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Cincinnati brings a two-game win streak into the weekend, including a 22-6 win at Presbyterian where the Bearcats set a program-record in goals scored.
• Kylie Ramsland leads the Bearcats with 17 goals this year, while Taylor Young and Megan Bell have 16 and 13 scores, respectively.
• Meg Gulmi, the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, leads the BIG EAST with 8.33 saves per game and is also posting a 9.74 goals-against average. 

Series vs. Cincinnati
• The Greyhounds hold an unblemished 5-0 record in the series with Cincinnati, while this will mark the second-straight year the Bearcats have visited Baltimore.
When playing in Charm City, Loyola is 2-0 and 2-0 at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Up Next
• The Greyhounds will return to action on Wednesday, March 27 when they head to cross-town rival UMBC for a 7 p.m. contest.