Women's Lax Set To Face Duke Friday at UNC's Fetzer Field In NCAA First Round

May 10, 2016

Game Information
Opponent No. 12 Duke Blue Devils
Date Friday, May 13, 2016
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina | UNC's Fetzer Field
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NCAA Championships
This will be the sixth-straight year Loyola has participated in the NCAA Championships, while it is the Greyhounds’ 19th appearance overall.
Loyola is 17-18 in tournament games and 6-5 under head coach Jen Adams .
Since the tournament expanded in 2013, the Greyhounds are 3-0 in first-round games. 

Patriot League Championships
Loyola captured its third-straight Patriot League title with a 12-8 win over Navy in the championship game Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex. 
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.
Loyola has also won all six tournament games it has played, as the Greyhounds have captured three-straight Patriot League Tournament titles (2014, 2015 and 2016).
Sophomore Frankie Kamely tied a tournament-record with seven goals in Loyola’s semifinal win over the Mountain Hawks.

Loyola Greyhounds (14-5, 9-0 Patriot League)
The Greyhounds are playing for their 13th conference championship in program history, their fifth title in the last six years and their third-straight Patriot League Championship.
Head coach Jen Adams is also looking to lead Loyola to a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament.
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 game is fourth nationally.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf is ranked fifth nationally in save percentage (.527), 18th in saves, with 145, and is 25th in goal-against average, giving up just 8.19 per contest.
Offensively, senior Maddy Blakeman leads the team with 36 goals and 56 points, while freshman Hannah Powers is second with 52 points on 31 goals and a team-best 21 assists. Powers’ 21 assists ranks third 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.

Duke Blue Devils (10-8, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference)
The Blue Devils are coming off an 8-7 loss to ACC Champion North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Championships.
Kyra Harney leads the Blue Devils with 46 goals and 61 points, while Kelci Smesko is second on the team with 36 goals and 52 points.
Maddie Crutchfield leads the team with 19 assists and 15 caused turnovers.
At the draw, Olivia Jenner has a squad-best 93 draw controls.
In goal, Kelsey Duryea has posted an 8.16 goals-against average and a .534 save percentage to go with a team-best 46 ground balls.

Series History
Loyola leads the all-time series with Duke, 2-1, but the two teams haven’t met since 2005.
The Greyhounds won the first two meetings, a 7-6 victory in the quarterfinals of the 2001 NCAA Championships and a 10-8 decision in 2004.
Duke owns the most recent meeting, a 14-10 contest in 2005.

Common Opposition
The Greyhounds and Blue Devils have faced three of the same opponents this season; Navy, Syracuse and Virginia.
Loyola went 3-1 against those three teams, twice beating Navy (8-2 in the regular season and 12-8 in the Patriot League Championship game) and upset No. 8 Virginia, 7-6. The Greyhounds’ loss was at No. 3 Syracuse, 17-6.
Duke earned two wins over Virginia, 11-8 in the regular season and 9-8 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The Blue Devils also beat Navy, 18-9, and lost to Syracuse, 14-12.

Up Next
The winner will advance to Sunday’s second round to face third-seeded North Carolina.