CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof and junior Maddy Lesher were named the Corvias Patriot League Midfield and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, while senior Hannah Schmitt was included as an honorable mention performance, as announced by the league office Monday.
The duo led the Greyhounds to a 2-0 week in Patriot League play with a 15-7 win over Bucknell and a 10-6 victory at Lehigh, as Loyola extended its win streak in conference contests to 12-straight games.
VanThof had a strong week all over the field as she combined for five goals, two assists, five ground balls, 13 draw controls and three caused turnovers in the two games. Against Bucknell, the Livonia, New York native contributed one goal and two assists to go with two ground balls, a season-high nine draw controls and a caused turnover. She followed that up by scoring a career-high four goals in a road win at Lehigh, including four of Loyola's five second-half goals, as the Greyhounds held off the Mountain Hawks.
Lesher played a key role in Loyola's win over the Mountain Hawks, as the mark-up defender from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania held Allison LaBeau, Lehigh's top scorer and the 2014 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, scoreless for the first time this season. Lesher held LaBeau to just one shot as she committed four turnovers in the contest. For the week, Lesher helped the defense hold Bucknell and Lehigh to a combined 13 goals, while she finished with five ground balls, five draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Schmitt contributed six goals and two assists in the two games, in addition to three ground balls and four caused turnovers.
This marks the first weekly award for Lesher and VanThof this season, while it's the third time VanThof has picked up the accolade throughout her career.
Loyola will step out of conference play for its next game, as the Greyhounds host Georgetown Wednesday at 7 p.m.