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Women's Lax Hosts Boston U. For Friends Of Jaclyn Game On National Television

April 10, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. |Ridley Athletic Complex
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Today's Game
· Today's game will televised nationally on American Sports Network. See the box above for a list of channels that will carry the game.
· The game is also a repeat of last year's Patriot League Championship game, where the Greyhounds beat the Terriers, 18-7, for their first-ever Patriot League title and third conference championship in four year.
· Today is also Loyola's Friends of Jaclyn game, with both teams' adoptees being honored; the Greyhounds' Kara Magez and Boston University's Hannah O'Brien.
· The Greyhounds will recognize a familiar face on the Terriers' sideline, as former All-America defender Ana Heneberry `12 is in her first season as an assistant at Boston U.
· Loyola, the lone undefeated team in the Patriot League, is looking to extend a nine-game win streak this season - the second-longest active streak in the nation. Maryland leads the NCAA by winning its last 23-straight games, including last year's NCAA title and all 13 games its played this season.
· With an 18-7 win over Colgate, Loyola clinched a spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
· With one more win, Loyola would be guaranteed a first-round bye in the tournament.
· 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 (104 goals), Hannah Schmitt (153g) and Thomas (128g) 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 also has 100 goals, scoring her 100th at American.
· Burke and Schmitt are having career years offensively for the Greyhounds. In just 14 games, Burke has more goals (35) than she did last year (31) and more points (46) than she did last year (37). Schmitt is three goals shy of her best season (42 in 2012) and is tied for 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 15-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 6-0 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.
· This year's senior class has a career record of 50-25 and 28-2 in conference play, two conference titles (BIG EAST and Patriot League) and three-straight NCAA appearances.

Loyola Greyhounds (10-4, 6-0 Patriot League)
· The senior trio of Kara Burke, Hannah Schmittt and Annie Thomas lead Loyola offensively. Thomas has a team-best 36 assists and 60 points, while she's third on the team with 24 goals. Schmitt is second on the team in points, with 51, while she leads the way wtih 39 goals. Burke is second with 35 goals and third with 46 points.
· Maddy Lesher leads the team with 30 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof has a team-best 51 draw controls.
· In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 8.11 goals per game and has 100 saves.

Boston University (6-6, 4-2 Patriot League)
·  Mallory Collins leads the Terriers with 30 points and a team-best 29 goals, while Ally Adams has 27 points on 20 goals and seven assists.
· Jill Horka has won the majority of the draws, claiming 46, and also has a team-best 15 caused turnovers.
· Caroline Meegan leads the squad with 25 ground balls.
· In goal, Carolina Meegan has started all 12 games and has posted a 9.74 goals-against average to go wtih 93 saves and a .454 save percentage.

Series vs. the Terriers
· The Terriers and Greyhounds first met in 2003, but following the 2007 meeting they didn't take the field together again until they both joined the Patriot League last season.
· The newcomers met twice in their first year of Patriot League play, with the Greyhounds topping the Terriers in Boston, 19-8, during the regular season. In the championship game of the Patriot League Tournament, Loyola won, 18-7, to claim the league title in their inaugural season.
· In the all-time series, Loyola holds a 4-2 edge and a 3-1 advantage when playing in Baltimore.

Up Next
· The Greyhounds will travel to Navy for the Patriot League finale on Saturday, April 18.
· Opening draw is slated for Noon, with the came being televised by CBS Sports Network.