NCAA Play Begins For Women's Lacrosse On Friday Against Bryant

May 7, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Bryant Bulldogs
Date Saturday, May 8, 2015
Time 4 p.m.
Location Newton, Mass. | Newton Campus Lacrosse Complex
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Today's Game
This will mark the fifth-straight year Loyola has participated in the NCAA Championships and the 17th overall appearance for the Greyhounds. Loyola is 15-17 all-time in tournament games, including winning its first game the last four-straight year.
Loyola and Bryant have never met in women's lacrosse, although both played at Boston College in last year's NCAA First Round. Loyola beat UMass and Bryant fell to BC.
Friday's winner will advance to Sunday's second round to face the fifth-seeded Eagles.

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.
The Greyhounds are in the midst of their 12th 10-plus-game win streak in program history, winning 14-straight games to mark the longest active streak in the nation. It's also one win shy of tying the longest win streak in program history.
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 tied Erika Mawhorr's single-season record of 46 from 1993.
Burke and Schmitt became 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.
Burke (122 goals), Schmitt (165), Thomas (135g) and VanThof (106g) 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 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 seniors have a career record of 54-25 and 30-2 in league play, three conference titles (BIG EAST and two-time Patriot League) and four-straight NCAA appearances.

NCAA Leaders
Among the NCAA leaders, Thomas is third with 46 assists and tied for 11th with 77 points.
With 54 goals this year, Burke is 14th nationally, while Schmitt (51g) is tied for 20th.
Wolf is ranked 14th nationally with a 7.75 GAA and tied for sixth with a .509 save percentage.

Loyola Greyhounds (15-4, 8-0 Patriot League)
Annie Thomas leads the offense with 46 assists and 77 points, while Kara Burke (54g, 17a) is second with 71 points and Hannah Schmitt (51g, 15a) is third with 66 points.
Maddy Lesher leads all field players with 39 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers.
In goal, Molly Wolf is giving up 7.75 goals per game and has 148 saves.

Bryant Bulldogs (14-4, 6-1 NEC)
Shannon Burks was named the Sector National Player of the Week after scoring a career-high seven goals in the Northeast Conference Tournament championship game to lead the Bulldogs to a 15-10 win over Wagner and a second-straight NEC title.
Emily Columbus (51g, 19a) and Lauren Descalzo (61g, 9a) lead the team with 70 points, while Nicole Britton has a team-best 40 assists and is third with 62 points.
A pair of freshman goalies have split time for the Bulldogs with Samantha Santeramo playing the majority of the minutes, 718:10, and posting an 8.86 goals-against average and a .421 save percentage. Daja Andrews has played 367:50 minutes and has an 8.32 GAA and .427 save percentage.

Series vs. Bryant
Loyola and Bryant will be meeting for the first time in women's lacrosse.