Holy Cross Crusaders
|Date||Wednesday, March 25, 2015|
|Location||Worcester, Mass. |Holy Cross Field|
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The Greyhounds will step back into Patriot League play for one game before heading to crosstown-rival Towson for a non-conference contest on Wednesday.
Loyola is on a 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.
The Greyhounds are also looking to extend a five-game win streak this season.
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 Patriot League play.
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.
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 (6-4, 3-0Patriot League)
Seniors Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas lead Loyola with 34 points each, as Schmitt has a team-best 27 goals and Thomas has a team-best 19 assists.
Seniors Kara Burke (19g, 6a), Taryn VanThof (15g, 8a), Molly Hulseman (12g, 3a) , and Sydney Thomas (9g, 3a) have also reached double-digits in points, with 25, 23, 15 and 12, respectively.
VanThof also has a team-best 23 ground balls, 41 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 8.78 goals per game and has 19 ground balls.
Holy Cross Crusaders (2-9, 2-2 Patriot League)
Holy Cross is looking to snap a three-game losing skid, including two of which were one-goal overtime losses to Boston University and Fairfield.
Laura Ryan leads the attack with 29 points on a team-best 21 goals and eight assists.
Ryan also has 19 ground balls, 34 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers.
Jersey Burns leads hte defense with 22 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
In goal, Katie Boyle has started all 11 games and has posted a 10.26 goals-against average to go with a .368 save percentage.
Series vs. Holy Cross
Loyola and Holy Cross met for the first time in women's lacrosse last year, with the Greyhounds coming out on top of both contests.
The Greyhounds picked up the regular-season win, 19-5, at home, before eliminating the Crusaders from the Patriot League Tournament with a 14-10 victory in the semifinal round at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds will again step out of conference play for a midweek game at Towson on Wednesday.
Opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.