Women's Lacrosse Hosts Lehigh In Patriot League Semifinals Friday

May 5, 2016

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Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks | Patriot League Championships Central
Date Friday, March 6, 2016
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Patriot League Championships
Loyola captured its third-straight Patriot League regular season title with a win at Lafayette on Saturday, April 23.
The Greyhounds have won all 25 regular season Patriot League games they've played in since joining the League for the 2014 season, including going 9-0 this year.
Top-seed Loyola will host fourth-seed Lehigh in the first semifinal game Friday, followed by second-seeded Navy vs. third-seeded Boston University. Lehigh defeated Bucknell, 18-8, in Tuesday's quarterfinal round, while the Terriers knocked off Colgate, 13-6.

All-Patriot League Team
A League-best seven Greyhounds were named to one of the All-Patriot League Teams.
Senior Maddy Lesher also became the first player in League history to earn three-straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year awards, while freshman Hannah Powers became Loyola's first-ever Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Jen Adams collected her second Patriot League Coach of the Year accolade in the last three seasons.
Lesher becomes the League's third three-time winner of any of the major awards, joining Navy's Jasmine DePompeo (Offensive Player of the Year, 2011-13) and Holy Cross' Megan Orr (Goalkeeper of the Year, 2005-07).
Joining Lesher on the All-Patriot League first team was senior attacker Maddy Blakeman , redshirt freshman midfielder Sabrina Tabasso , junior defender Bailey Mathis and senior goalkeeper Molly Wolf , giving Loyola a League-high five first-team honorees.
A pair of rookies, defender Kristen Yanchoris and Powers were named to the second team.
Mathis and sophomore  Frankie Kamely were also honored for their work in the classroom, being named to the 12-member Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Loyola Greyhounds (12-5, 9-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds are anchored by their defense, as senior Maddy Lesher leads the Patriot League in both ground balls and caused turnovers. Her 3.38 ground balls per game ranks tied for fourth in the NCAA, while her 2.81 caused turnovers per contest is third nationally.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf is ranked sixth nationally in save percentage (.527), 17th in saves, with 136, and is 25th in goal-against average, giving up just 8.20 per contest.
Offensively, senior Maddy Blakeman leads the team with 35 goals, 20 assists and 55 points, while freshman Hannah Powers is second with 30 goals, 18 assists and 48 points. Powers' 18 assists ranks second at Loyola among all Greyhounds in their freshman season, while nationally, she's tied for the fifth most among all freshmen. She's also the seventh-ranked freshman in the NCAA in points per game.

Lehigh Mountain Hawks (13-4, 6-3 Patriot League)
Lehigh boasts the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, Allison LaBeau, while four Mountain Hawks were named to the All-League teams; first-team defender Julianne D'Orazio and midfielder Kendall Garden, and second-team midfielder Lauren Beausoleil.
LaBeau leads the team with 44 goals, 32 assists and 76 points this year, while Beausoleil is second with 36 points (28g, 8a).
D'Orazio leads the way defensively, with 44 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers.
On the draw, Kayleen Kelly has a team-best 37 draw controls, while Beausoleil has 29 and D'Orazio has won 27.
In goal, Taylor Tvedt has played 954 minutes, posting a 7.42 goals-against average and a .485 save percentage to go with 111 saves. 

Series History
The Greyhounds and Mountain Hawks will meet in the postseason for a third time, while it will be the first time they've faced in the Patriot League Championships.
Loyola is 1-2 against Lehigh in the postseason, with both of its losses being one-goal decisions; a 7-6 loss in the 1982 AIAW Division II National Championship and an 11-10 double-overtime loss in 1984 in the NCAA. The Greyhounds' win was an 8-2 victory in the 1982 East Region AIAW Tournament.
Loyola holds a 9-4 advantage in the series history, including winning the last six contests.
Earlier this year, the Greyhounds held off Lehigh for a 14-13 overtime victory at Ridley Athletic Complex. Lehigh scored the last five goals of regulation to force the extra period, but junior Emily Clark scored the game-winner for Loyola 1:09 into play.

Up Next
The winners of Friday's two semifinal games will advance to Sunday's championship game. Opening draw is scheduled for noon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Sunday's winner will earn the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.