VanThof Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

March 25, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Loyola University Maryland redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof has been named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.

The midfielder from Livonia, N.Y., finished the week with six points, five caused turnovers, five ground balls and 10 draw controls.

Friday night against Louisville, VanThof helped the Greyhounds shut down the Cardinals in the final 30 minutes, as Loyola scored eight of nine second-half goals to come-from-behind and earn an 11-6 victory. She finished the game with one goal, two assists, three ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers.

VanThof followed that up on Sunday vs. Cincinnati by helping Loyola post its seventh shutout victory in program history, and its first since 1998, with a 19-0 win. She won five draw controls and added two ground balls, three caused turnovers and three assists in the game.

This marks the first career weekly award for VanThof, while it is the second time this season a Greyhound has been named the league’s defensive player of the week. Freshman Maddy Lesher earned the honor on February 23.

Loyola will step out of conference play this week as it heads to local-rival UMBC on Wednesday for a 7 p.m., game.