|Date||Wednesday, March 25, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. |Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Taryn VanThof , a Team USA midfielder, will recognize a familiar face on the other sideline as Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried is also the US National Team coach.
Loyola enters the game ranked 16th nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.
VanThof was named the Corvias Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week, while junior Maddy Lesher , a defender invited to tryout for Team USA, was picked as the league's defender of the week for their play in Loyola's 2-0 week last week.
Things To Know
This marks Loyola's 43rd season of women's lacrosse competition.
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.
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 and Navy are the only two unbeaten teams remaining in Patriot League play.
Loyola is on an 12-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 3-0 this year.
Senior Annie Thomas and junior Maddy Lesher were tabbed preseason Patriot League offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively, while Schmitt and 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, passing Mary Beth Akre's 137 goals from 1977-79 for sole possession of 10th.
Thomas is ranked in Loyola's top-10 for assists and points, ranking second in assists and needing just five more to break Rachel Shuck's program record of 120 from 2002-05. In points, Thomas ranks sixth with 233.
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, 87 of the Greyhounds' 100 goals have come from a senior (.870), while 131 of the 148 points (.885) recorded this year are from a fourth-year player.
Loyola Greyhounds (5-4, 3-0 Patriot League)
Seniors Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas lead Loyola with 32 points each, as Schmitt has a team-best 26 goals and Thomas has a team-best 19 assists.
Seniors Kara Burke (17g, 6a), Taryn VanThof (12g, 7a), Molly Hulseman (11g, 3a) , and Sydney Thomas (8g, 3a) have also reached double-digits in points, with 23, 19, 14 and 11, respectively.
VanThof also has a team-best 21 ground balls, 35 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 9.78 goals per game and has 16 ground balls.
Georgetown Hoyas (1-6, 0-0 BIG EAST)
Kristen Bandos leads the Hoyas' offense with 11 goals and 12 points, while Caroline Tarzian (9g, 2a) and Colleen Lovett (7g, 4a) both have 11 points.
Adrianne Devine paces the defense with 13 ground balls, 10 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers, while Casey McGowan has a team-best 15 ground balls.
In goal, Maddy Fisher has played 288 minutes, posting a 12.50 goals-against average and a .333 save percentage. Megan McDonald has played the other 132 minutes and has an 11.37 GAA and .359 save percentage.
Series vs. Georgetown
This will be the 17th time the Greyhounds and Hoyas have met in women's lacrosse, with Georgetown holding a slight 9-7 advantage in the all-time series.
The two squads first met in 1977, with Loyola winning four-straight meetings from 1977-81 by a combined score of 66-7, including a 20-0 shutout victory in 1981.
Georgetown claimed its first win in 2001, when the Hoyas knocked the Greyhounds out of the NCAA Semifinals, 10-9.
The former BIG EAST-foes renewed their series in 2006 when Loyola joined the league and the two have met every year since, with seven of those 11 contests being decided by two-goals-or-less and three needing overtime to determine a winner.
Loyola won the most recent meeting, an 8-5 decision at Georgetown last season.
The Greyhounds will return to Patriot League play Saturday as they travel to Holy Cross for a noon game.