Lacrosse Doubleheader Kicks Off As Women Host Colgate At Noon

April 3, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Colgate Raiders
Date Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time Noon
Location Baltimore, Md. |Ridley Athletic Complex
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Notes Loyola

Today's Game
· The Greyhounds will close out its conference slate with four-straight league games.
· Loyola, the lone undefeated team in the Patriot League, is looking to extend a seven-game win streak this season.
· That win streak is tied for the third-longest active streak in the nation. Maryland leads the NCAA winning its last 21-straight games, including last year's NCAA title and all 11 games its played this season. Stony Brook, also undefeated this year, has won all 10 games this season, while Loyola and Johns Hopkins are on seven-game win streaks. The Blue Jays' last loss was a 12-10 overtime decision to the Greyhounds.
· The Greyhounds enter the game ranked 16th nationally in the IWLCA Coaches Poll.

Things To Know
· This marks Loyola's 43rd season of women's lacrosse competition.
· Senior Annie Thomas broke the program's 10-year-old career record for assists Wednesday night at Towson, moving her career total to 122 to surpass Rachel Shuck (2002-05), who previously held the record at 120. Thomas assisted classmate Kara Burke at the 15:07 mark of the first half to record her 121st career assist.
· With six more goals from Burke, seniors Hannah Schmitt , Burke and Thomas would become just the second trio of Greyhound classmates to contribute 100 goals throughout their careers. Andi Holthaus (184 goals), Kathy Barden (124) and Anne Allen (177), members of the Class of 1987, all graduated with at least 100 goals.
· 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.
· Loyola is on a 13-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 4-0 this year.
· The Greyhounds were picked as the preseason favorites in the Patriot League after winning the regular season and tournament titles in their inaugural year.
· 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 also 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 also 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 Greyhounds (8-4, 4-0 Patriot League)
· Seniors Annie Thomas and Hannah Schmitt lead Loyola with 46 and 45 points, respectively, as Schmitt has a team-best 34 goals and Thomas has 25 assists.
· Maddy Lesher leads the team with 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof has a team-best 44 draw controls.
· In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 8.39 goals per game and has 90 saves.

Colgate Raiders (6-4, 3-1 Patriot League)
· Colgate is coming off a 10-4 win over Navy. Its lone league loss was to Holy Cross, 12-11.
· Six Raiders have tallied double-digit goals, led by Megan Ark's 21 goals and 29 points and Haley O'Hanlon's 19 goals and team-best nine assists.
· In goal, Jennie Berglin has posted an 8.24 GAA and .522 save percentage.

Series vs. Colgate
· The Greyhounds and Raiders have met three times in women's lacrosse, with Loyola winning each of the contests.
· Last year was the first time the two squads met as NCAA Division I members, with the Greyhounds winning, 10-4.
· Loyola also picked up a pair of wins in the 1981 and 1982 AIAW Division II National Tournament.

Up Next
· Loyola will head to American for a midweek matchup with the Eagles.
· Opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m., on Wednesday.