BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed four Greyhounds on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Wednesday.
Seniors Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf, in addition to redshirt freshman Sabrina Tabasso were named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, while senior Maddy Blakeman was included on the second team.
Lesher becomes the program’s fifth four-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree, and first as a defender, as she was tabbed to the first team for a third-straight season. Also the Patriot League’s first-ever three-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Lesher collected her third first-team all-conference honor this year to become Loyola’s fifth four-time all-conference performer. For the season, the Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, native leads the Patriot League and ranks sixth in the NCAA in ground balls (3.22) and caused turnovers (2.61) per game.
Wolf, the Patriot League Tournament MVP after leading the Greyhounds to their third-straight conference title, leads the Patriot League and ranks fourth in the NCAA in save percentage (.529) and 10th in saves (155). Her 8.18 goals-against average is also the top in the Patriot League and ranks 26th nationally. With eight double-digit save games this season, and 23 throughout her career, the Baltimore, Maryland, native ranks fourth at Loyola with 603 career saves.
Tabasso, a midfielder from Rosemont, Pennsylvania, is the lone freshman on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. For the season, she leads the team with 60 draw controls – a mark that stands seventh in Loyola’s single-season records, while she’s fourth on the team with 23 goals and 42 points, and third with 35 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. A first-team All-Patriot League midfielder, Tabasso was also named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team after helping the Greyhounds to a pair of wins over Lehigh and Navy.
Blakeman is making her first appearance on the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team. Captaining a young offensive unit this season, the attacker from Vero Beach, Florida, leads the Greyhounds with 37 goals, 23 assists and 60 points. She’s had seven four-plus point games and has been the team’s top-point scorer on nine occasions, including at least three in every League game, despite frequently drawing a faceguard.
The Greyhounds will open their NCAA Championships play tonight when they play Duke in the first round at UNC’s Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Opening draw is scheduled for 5 p.m.