BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team placed five Greyhounds on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region first and second team, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Monday.
Loyola led all schools with four honorees on the first team - seniors Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof, and juniors Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf - while senior Hannah Schmitt was tabbed to the second team.
Penn and Loyola led all schools with five student-athletes on the two teams, while Princeton had four honored and Johns Hopkins had three.
Thomas is making her fourth-straight appearance on the all-region team, while it's also her third-straight first-team accolade. The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year is a four-time all-conference honoree and broke Loyola's season and career assists records this year, dishing out 51 this year to move her career total to 148. Thomas ranks third in the NCAA this year with 51 points, while her 88 points is good for fourth nationally.
VanThof is also a three-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team selection. The two-time All-American is fourth on the team with 29 goals and 51 points, while her 89 draw controls leads the team and is ranked 13th nationally. The Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year is also among the team leaders with 37 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Lesher, the two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, leads the Greyhounds' field players with 44 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. A three-time all-region honoree and 2014 All-American, Lesher is the team's top mark-up defender and anchors a defense that is ranked 13th in the NCAA in scoring defense.
Wolf is having a career year for the Greyhounds and has picked up her first All-Mid-Atlantic Region honor for her play. Coming off three-straight 10-plus save games where she stopped 38 shots and allowed just 23 goals (.623 save percentage), Wolf is tied for the lead in the NCAA with a .523 clip this year. By giving up just 7.76 goals per game, Wolf ranks 13th nationally, while her career-best 173 saves this year is tied for third in the NCAA.
Schmitt has been named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team for a third-straight year. With 56 goals this season, including at least one in the last 26-straight games, Schmitt ranks tied for 17th in the NCAA, while her 72 points is tied for 27th. Throughout her career, the speedy attacker is ranked seventh in Loyola's record books with 170 goals and ninth with 211 points.
Loyola won its second-straight Patriot League Championship, and fourth conference title in the last five years, to advance to its fifth-straight NCAA tournament. Over the weekend, the Greyhounds knocked off Bryant, 21-3, and fifth-seeded Boston College, 19-12, in the first and second rounds, respectively, to advance to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2012. Loyola will face fourth-seeded Syracuse on Saturday in the Carrier Dome at 1 p.m.