May 7, 2013
BALTIMORE - Five Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse players earned All-Mid Atlantic Team honors, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Tuesday morning. Junior Marlee Paton and sophomores Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof were selected to the first team, while sophomore Hannah Schmitt and freshman Maddy Lesher were honored on the second team.
All five Greyhounds were named to the All-BIG EAST teams, with Paton and VanThof earning first-team accolades.
This marks the third-straight regional All-America honor for Paton, a first-team IWLCA All-American in 2012. The midfielder from Seaholme, Australia leads the Greyhounds with 35 goals, 56 points, 37 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers this season. She also became just the ninth player in program history to reach both 100 goals and 50 assists in their career and only the second to do so in their junior season.
VanThof’s regional All-America honor is the first for the Livonia, N.Y., native. The midfielder missed the 2012 season due to injury, but has returned to the lineup to lead the Greyhounds with 68 draw controls. She has also contributed 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points, in addition to 29 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.
Thomas, a second-team all-region honoree a year ago, is making her first appearance on the first team. Hailing from Bel Air, Md., Thomas has led the Greyhounds from X this season, dishing out a team-best 22 assists. In a win at Villanova, the attacker handed out seven assists to tie Rita Ciletti’s 27-year-old program record for assists in a game. So far this season, she ranks second on the team with 42 points.
Schmitt is garnering her first regional All-American honor. The attacker has tallied 30 goals and six assists for 36 points, in addition to two game-winning goals this year. The Malvern, Pa., native fired a shot into the back of the net at No. 6 Notre Dame during sudden-death overtime to hand the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season. She also scored the game-winning goal in Loyola’s win at No. 16 Towson.
Lesher is one of two rookies among the 32 All-Mid-Atlantic Region honorees and the lone defender. The Gladwyne, Pa., native has stepped up to become Loyola’s top mark-up defender this season and has recorded 27 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers.
The Greyhounds will open NCAA Championships play on Friday when they travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face High Point. Opening draw is slated for 5 p.m., at Fetzer Field.