Saturday's regular-season finale between Loyola and Syracuse was originally scheduled to be played in Baltimore, but head coaches Jen Adams and Gary Gait mutually decided to move the game to Syracuse.
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· Today's meeting marks the regular-season finale for both Syracuse and Loyola.
· The game was originally scheduled to be played in Baltimore.
· The former BIG EAST rivals are both coming off conference championships, as the Greyhounds won their second-straight Patriot League title and the Orange claimed their first-ever ACC Championship.
· Loyola head coach Jen Adams was a player at Maryland from 1998-01, while Syracuse head coach Gary Gait was an assistant coach.
Things To Know
· This marks Loyola's 43rd season of women's lacrosse competition.
· Loyola won the regular-season Patriot League title with its second-straight 8-0 record in conference games and then beat Boston University, 14-7, and Navy, 14-9, in the tournament to capture its second-straight Patriot League Championship.
· The tournament title marks Loyola's fourth conference crown in the past five years.
· With an automatic bid, this will be Loyola's fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
· The Greyhounds are in the midst of their 12th 10-plus-game win streak in program history, winning 12-straight games to mark the second-longest active streak in the nation. It's also the second-straight year Loyola has strung together a stretch of at least 10-consecutive victories.
· Loyola owns the Patriot League's longest win streak in league games, winning 16-straight.
· Senior Annie Thomas (offensive), redshirt senior Taryn VanThof (midfield) and junior Maddy Lesher (defensive) picked up player of the year honors from the Patriot League.
· Senior Hannah Schmitt joined the trio on the All-Patriot League first team, as an attacker, while classmate Kara Burke (attack), sophomore Bailey Mathis (midfield) and junior Molly Wolf (goalkeeper) were named to the second team.
· Burke was named the Corvias Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Mathis joined her on the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
· Thomas broke the program's 10-year-old career record for assists and she's one shy of tying Erika Mawhorr's single-season record of 46 from 1993.
· Burke and Schmitt are looking to become the second Greyhound duo with 50 goals in the same year, and the first pair since Stacey Morlang (63 goals) Suzanne Eyler (51g) in 2002.
· Among the NCAA leaders, Thomas is third with 45 assists and tied for 11th with 75 points.
· With 52 goals this year, Burke is 14th nationally, while Schmitt (49g) is tied for 20th.
· Wolf is ranked 14th nationally with a 7.74 GAA and tied for sixth with a .500 save percentage.
· Burke (120 goals), Schmitt (163), Thomas (134g) and VanThof (105g) all have 100 career goals, marking the first time Loyola has had four players with 100 goals on its roster.
· 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 17-game conference win streak, as it finished BIG EAST play with a win over UConn and went 8-0 in Patriot League play each of its first two seasons.
· 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 53-25 and 30-2 in conference play, two conference titles (BIG EAST and Patriot League) and three-straight NCAA appearances.
Loyola Greyhounds (14-4, 8-0 Patriot League)
· Annie Thomas leads the offense with 45 assists and 75 points, while Kara Burke (52g, 15a) is second with 67 points and Hannah Schmitt (49g, 15a) is third with 64 points.
· Maddy Lesher leads all field players with 38 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.
· In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 7.74 goals per game and has 135 saves.
Syracuse Orange (14-6, 3-4 ACC)
· Halle Majorana leads the Orange with 79 points, while Kayla Treanor, the ACC Tournament MVP after scoring two game-winners in OT, has 50 goals and 76 points.
· Kailah Kempney is second in the NCAA with 168 draw controls.
· Kelsey Richardson has played 1214 minutes, posting a 10.18 GAA and 154 saves.
Series vs. Syracuse
· This will be the 13th-straight year that the two former BIG EAST rivals have met.
· Syracuse holds a 9-5 advantage in the series and has won the last two meetings, including a 14-12 overtime contest in the Carrier Dome last year.
· The NCAA Championships selection show will air Sunday at 9 p.m.
· First and second round games will be played at the home site of the top-eight seeds on May 8 and 10, respectively, while quarterfinal games will be played at the higher seed the weekend of May 16-17. The semifinals (May 22) and championship game (May 24) will be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.