|Date||Saturday, May 16, 2015|
|Location||Syracuse, N.Y. | Carrier Dome|
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• This will mark the second time the former-BIG EAST foes have met this year, as Loyola held on for a 9-8 win over No. 3 Syracuse in the season finale at the SU Soccer Field.
• The winner will advance to the final four and face the winner of No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 8 Northwestern in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday, May 22 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
• Loyola is on a program-best 16-game win streak, which is also the longest active streak in the nation. Princeton is second with eight-straight wins and Penn State is at four.
• Annie Thomas needs one assist to move into a tie for 10th on the NCAA's all-time career records, while two would make her the 10th player in NCAA history with 150.
• Loyola's Jen Adams was recruited by Syracuse's Gary Gait to play collegiate lacrosse at Maryland, where they won four-straight NCAA titles from 1998-01.
• Since taking over head coaching duties of their respective programs, the duo has faced each other nine times, with Gait coming out on top in six of those meetings.
• Adams did take Gait down in tournament play twice though, knocking Syracuse out of the BIG EAST semifinals at Georgetown in 2011, 12-11, before upsetting the second-ranked Orange, 13-7, at the Carrier Dome in the 2012 title game.
• This is the fifth-straight year Loyola has participated in the NCAA Championships and the 18th overall appearance for the Greyhounds.
• Loyola is 17-17 in tournament games, including winning a game the last five years.
• Under head coach Jen Adams , Loyola is 6-4 in NCAA Championships play.
• All four of Loyola's losses this year were to NCAA tournament participants.
• This will be Loyola's 10th trip to the quarterfinal round and first since 2012.
• Loyola scored 40 goals in a first round win over Bryant, 21-3, and a second round win over fifth-seeded Boston College, 19-12, to record the most amount of goals in back-to-back tournament games in the history of the NCAA Championships (since 1982).
• Kara Burke 's eight goals against fifth-seeded Boston College in Sunday's second round game tied the NCAA Championships' single-game record. She matches the feats of UNC's Kellie Thompson (vs. UMBC, 5/9/02) and UVa's Lauren Aumiller (vs. Georgetown, 5/11/03).
• Burke's 14 goals through the two games is tied for seventh in one NCAA tournament. Of the 11 players who scored 14 or more goals, all have required four games to do so.
• Of the 11 teams that have scored 21-or-more goals in an NCAA Championships game, only Princeton (25-3 win over LeMoyne on 5/9/02) and now Loyola (21-3 win over Bryant) have also allowed three-or-fewer-goals.
Loyola Greyhounds (17-4, 8-0 Patriot League)
• Five Greyhounds earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors; seniors Hannah Schmitt, Annie Thomas , and Taryn VanThof , and juniors Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf.
• Senior Kara Burke leads Loyola with 89 points this year, the third-best single-season point total in program history, while Thomas is one point behind with the fourth-best point total in school history. Burke's 68 goals are tied for second on Loyola's single-season records, while Thomas broke the all-time season mark for assists, with 51 this year.
• VanThof is ranked second in the single season records for draw controls, leading the team with 89 and trailing only her own record from last year.
• In goal, Wolf is giving up 7.75 goals per game and has 173 saves. With a nation's-best .523 save percentage, she's posted the best mark for a Greyhound goalkeeper since Kim Lawton stopped .553 percent of shots faced in 2005.
Syracuse Orange (15-7)
• Syracuse, the ACC Champion, made its way into the quarterfinal round by topping Penn, 13-10, at the SU Soccer Field on Sunday.
• Kayla Treanor tallied a game-high six points to lead the Orange past the Quakers. For the season, Treanor leads Syracuse wtih 57 goals and 86 points.
• Halle Majorana is close behind with 84 points and 50 goals.
• Kailah Kempney is among the nation's leaders at the center circle, winning 178 draw controls, while Kelsey Richardson anchors the defense with a 10.12 goals-against average. She's stopping .426 percent of shots faced and has a team-best 52 ground balls.
Series vs. Syracuse
• The former BIG EAST foes have met every year for the last 13-straight years, while this will be the third time the two have met twice in the same season.
• While Syracuse holds an overall advantage in the series, 9-6, Loyola is 2-0 when facing the Orange in the postseason. The Greyhounds beat Syracuse, 12-11, in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament in 2011 and then upset the Orange, 13-7, at the Carrier Dome in the 2012 BIG EAST title game.
• The Greyhounds snapped a two-game losing skid to the Orange with a 9-8 win at the SU Soccer Field in the regular-season finale two weeks ago.
Greyhounds in NCAA Rankings
• Among the NCAA leaders, senior Annie Thomas is third with 51 assists and fourth with 88 points.
• Senior Kara Burke is third nationally with 89 points and her 68 goals ranks fourth, while classmate Hannah Schmitt is 17th with 56 goals.
• Senior Taryn VanThof is 12th nationally with 89 draw controls.
• In goal, junior Molly Wolf is ranked 13th with a 7.76 GAA and is tied for the lead with a .523 save percentage. Her 173 saves this season ranks third nationally.
• In NCAA Championships games only, Loyola leads the 26 teams that qualified for the tournament in goals (20.00/g), assists (12.50/g), points (32.50/g), saves (12.50/g) and save percentage (.625).
• The Greyhounds are also ranked second in draw controls (20.00/g), third in goals allowed (7.50/g) and tied for fourth in ground balls (16.00/g).
• Individually, senior Kara Burke leads all players with 14 goals (7.00/g) and 18 points (9.00/g), while senior Annie Thomas has 11 points, the second most among all tournament players.
• Senior Taryn VanThof leads all players with 19 draw controls (9.50/g) and is second in assists, with seven. Senior Molly Hulseman and Thomas are tied for fourth with five assists in the two games.
• In goal, junior Molly Wolf is tied for the lead with a .625 save percentage and is third with a 7.75 goals-against average.