Lehigh Mountain Hawks
|Date||Saturday, March 21, 2015|
|Location||Bethlehem, Pa. |Ulrich Sports Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats|Video|
This marks the third-straight Patriot League game for the Greyhounds, as they opened play with a 16-6 win over Lafayette and a 15-7 win over Bucknell.
Dating back to 2013, the Greyhounds are on an 11-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 16th nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
Things To Know
This marks Loyola's 43rd season of women's lacrosse competition.
The Greyhounds were picked as the preseason favorites in the Patriot League after winning the regular season and tournament titles in their inaugural year.
Loyola is on an 11-game conference win streak, as it finished BIG EAST play with a win over UConn, went 8-0 in Patriot League play last season and is 2-0 this year.
Kara Burke was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and the ECAC Division I South Player of the Week, while Hannah Schmitt picked up Peak Performer honors from WomensLax.com this week.
Senior Annie Thomas and junior Maddy Lesher were tabbed the preseason Patriot League offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, while Schmitt and redshirt senior Taryn VanThof joined the duo on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
Lesher, Thomas and 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.
Schmitt broke into Loyola's top-10 for career goals with four against Bucknell. She passed Mary Beth Akre (77-79) for sole possession of 10th with 138 goals so far.
Thomas is ranked in Loyola's top-10 for assists and points, ranking second in assists and needing just seven more to break Rachel Shuck's program record of 120 from 2002-05. In points, Thomas ranks sixth with 229.
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, 77 of the Greyhounds' 90 goals have come from a senior (.856), while 117 of the 134 points (.873) recorded this year are from a fourth-year player.
Loyola Greyhounds (4-4, 2-0 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.
Loyola began the season with the nation's toughest strength of schedule, facing six-straight nationally ranked teams, before beginning its quest for a second-straight conference title.
Senior Hannah Schmitt leads the Greyhounds with 24 goals and 29 points this year, while Annie Thomas has 11 goals, leads the team with 17 points and is second with 28 points.
Seniors Kara Burke (17g, 6a), Taryn VanThof (8g, 7a) and Molly Hulseman (11g, 3a) have also reached double-digits in points, with 23, 15 and 14, respectively.
Frankie Kamely became the first freshman to tally a point this season, dishing out an assist to Thomas vs. Lafayette. No freshman has scored yet.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 9.78 goals per game and has 16 ground balls.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks (3-4, 1-1 Patriot League)
Allison LaBeau and Carli Sukonik team to lead the Mountain Hawks' offense, as the duo have 30 of Lehigh's 60 goals. LaBeau leads the way with 14 goals, seven assists and 21 points, while Sukonik has a team-best 16 goals.
Lauren Beausoleil has a team-best 24 draw controls and Kendall Garden has 18 casued turnovers, 13 ground balls and 10 draw controls.
In goal, Taylor Tvedt has played 392 minutes, posting a 7.96 goals-against average.
Series vs. Lehigh
Loyola is 7-4 all-time against Lehigh, including 1-0 in Patriot League play.
The two squads renewed a storied rivalry in 2014 after a 22-year hiatus.
From 1982-91, the Greyhounds and Mountain Hawks met 10 times, including three times in the postseason.
In 1982, the first season of the series, the two squads met three times with the Greyhounds winning the regular-season meeting, 5-4, before an 8-2 win in the East Region AIAW Tournamnent. In the national championship game of the Division II AIAW Tournament, the Mountain Hawks snapped the losing skid with a 7-6 win.
The two squads again met in the postseason in 1984 with Lehigh using double overtime to knock the Greyhounds out of the NCAA Tournament with an 11-10 win.
In regular-season games, Loyola is 6-2, while the Greyhounds are 3-2 when playing at Lehigh.
Loyola is on a four-game win streak against the Mountain Hawks, with their last loss an 11-5 contest at No. 10 Lehigh in 1988.
Loyola will step out of conference play for a game against former BIG EAST-foe Georgetown on Wednesday at 7 p.m.