May 1, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed five Greyhounds on the 2013 All-BIG EAST first or second team, as announced by the league at a banquet Wednesday night. Junior Marlee Paton and redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof were included on the first team, while sophomores Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas, in addition to freshman Maddy Lesher, were members of the second team.
Paton is making her third-straight appearance on an all-conference team and her second-straight on the first team. The 2012 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Paton leads the Greyhounds with 33 goals, 20 assists, 53 points, 35 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers this season. The Seaholme, Australia native also recorded her 100th career goal and 50th career assist this year, becoming the ninth Greyhound in program history to reach both 100 goals and 50 assists, and just the second to do so in their junior season. In three seasons, she has recorded 125 goals and ranks sixth at Loyola with 66 assists and eighth with 191 points.
VanThof is earning her first BIG EAST honor. The redshirt sophomore missed the entire 2012 season due to injury but the midfielder from Livonia, N.Y., has returned to the lineup to rank second on the team with 39 points and 22 caused turnovers this season. She also has 23 goals and 16 assists this year, while her team-best 60 draw controls ranks fifth in the BIG EAST and fourth in Loyola’s all-time single-season records.
Lesher is making her first appearance on the all-conference team after consistently shutting down opponents’ top attackers all season. A freshman from Gladwyne, Pa., Lesher has stepped up to be a mark-up defender this year and has recorded 25 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.
Thomas is garnering her second-consecutive BIG EAST honor after being included on the first team a year ago. A native of Bel Air, Md., Thomas leads the Greyhounds with 20 assists this year. In a win at Villanova, Thomas tied Loyola’s program record for assists in a game, dishing out seven. She followed that up with four points in a win at Rutgers to become just the eighth Greyhound to reach 100-career points in their sophomore season. Throughout her career, she has 56 goals, 51 assists and 107 points.
Schmitt has been included on the all-conference second team for the second-straight year. An attacker from Malvern, Pa., Schmitt has recorded two game-winning goals this year, including a goal in sudden-death overtime at No. 6 Notre Dame that handed the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season. Schmitt was named the WomensLax.com National Player of the Week after the game, and has recorded 28 goals and 34 points this year.
The third-seeded Greyhounds will open play at the 2013 BIG EAST Tournament tomorrow, facing second-seed and host Georgetown at approximately 8 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.