May 15, 2013
BALTIMORE - A pair of Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse players, junior Marlee Paton and redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof, have been named to the IWLCA All-America second and third teams, respectively, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Wednesday.
This marks the second year in a row that Paton, a midfielder from Seaholme, Australia, has been included on an All-America team, while this is the first honor for VanThof, a midfielder from Livonia, N.Y.
Paton led the Greyhounds’ offense for a second-straight year, scoring in all but one game to finish the season with 64 points on a team-best 39 goals and 25 assists. Throughout the year, she became the ninth Greyhound in program history to score 100 goals and dish out 50 assists, and just the second to accomplish the feat throughout their junior season. In addition, with her team-best sixth hat trick against No. 3 North Carolina, Paton became the seventh player in program history to record 200 career points.
Defensively, Paton has been just an instrumental as she led the team with 41 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers. She led the BIG EAST in conference only games with 23 caused turnovers and caused a career-high seven in a win over No. 17 Connecticut to close out the regular season. She will enter her senior year one ground ball shy of 100 and ranking seventh on the program’s career charts for caused turnovers with 73 throughout her three seasons.
VanThof returned to the Greyhounds’ lineup this year after missing the 2012 season due to injury. She concluded the year with 75 draw controls, one shy of tying the program’s 29-year-old school record (set by Rita Ciletti in 1984), marking the most of any Greyhound since 1994 (Michelle Meyer). VanThof won a career-best eight draw controls twice, vs. No. 10 Penn State and No. 6 Georgetown, and had at least five on seven occasions.
Offensively, she ranked third on the team with 46 points on 28 goals and 18 assists. She notched four hat tricks and dished out multiple assists on five occasions, while contributing at least one point in all but one contest. She also ranked second on the team with 25 caused turnovers and third with 37 ground balls.
The Greyhounds concluded the 2013 campaign with an 11-9 overall record and their third-straight appearance in the NCAA Championships. Loyola also won its first game in the national tournament for the third-straight year, its longest stretch in program history.