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American Hosts Women's Lacrosse Wednesday At 4 p.m.

April 7, 2015

Game Information
Opponent American Eagles
Date Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time 4 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | William I Jacobs Recreational Complex
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Today's Game
· Loyola, the lone undefeated team in the Patriot League, is looking to extend an eight-game win streak this season - the third-longest active streak in the nation. Maryland leads the NCAA by winning its last 22-straight games, including last year's NCAA title and all 12 games its played this season. Stony Brook, also undefeated this year, has won all 11 games this season
· With a 18-7 win over Colgate on Saturday, Loyola clinched a spot in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
· The 30 points the Greyhounds put up against the Raiders is also the most since a 20-9 win at Villanova on April 22, 2012.
· The Greyhounds enter the game ranked 17th 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.
· Seniors Kara Burke (100 goals), Hannah Schmitt (151g) and Thomas (125g) became just the second trio of classmates to contribute 100 goals throughout their careers. Andi Holthaus (184g), Kathy Barden (124g) and Anne Allen (177g), members of the Class of 1987, all graduated with at least 100 goals.
· Redshirt senior Taryn VanThof is two goals away from 100 throughout her career.
· Schmitt is two points away from breaking into the program's all-time top-10 records.
· Burke and Schmitt are having career years offensively for the Greyhounds. In just 13 games, Burke has as many goals (31) as she did last year and four more points (41) than she did last year. Schmitt is five goals shy of her best season (42 in 2012) and two points away from tying her best season in total points (51 in 2012).
· 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 14-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 5-0 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. 

Loyola Greyhounds (8-4, 4-0 Patriot League)
· Seniors Annie Thomas and Hannah Schmitt lead Loyola with 51 and 49 points, respectively, as Schmitt has a team-best 37 goals and Thomas has 30 assists.
· Maddy Lesher leads the team with 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof has a team-best 50 draw controls.
· In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 8.17 goals per game and has 96 saves.

American Eagles (4-9, 2-3 Patriot League)
· Jessica Wojciechowski leads American with 30 goals and 33 points.
· Madison Hoon has a team-best 39 draws and Terese Buechli has 12 caused turnovers.
· Rose Redfoot is giving up 10.73 goals per game, while stopping .417 percent of shots.

Series vs. American
· The Greyhounds and Eagles, former conference foes in the Colonial Athletic Association, have met 16 times, with Loyola coming out on top of each of them.
· The two squads met every year from 1992-02 before renewing their rivalry last year, with Loyola winning, 18-5.
· In the 16 meetings, the Greyhounds have outscored the Eagles, 266-57.

Up Next
· The Greyhounds will host Boston University on Saturday at 1 p.m.
·  T he game will be televisied by American Sports Network.