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Thomas, VanThof, Lesher Pick Up IWLCA All-America Honors

May 18, 2015

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse senior Annie Thomas was named to the IWLCA All-America Second Team, while redshirt senior Taryn VanThof and junior Maddy Lesher earned third-team All-America honors, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Monday.

Thomas earned her second All-America honor and her first second-team accolade after leading the team and ranking third in the nation with 51 assists. She is also tied for fourth in the NCAA with 90 points this year. One of the nation's top 14 attackers, Thomas also picked up Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors this year, making her a four-time all-conference honoree and four-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection.

The Bel Air, Maryland native became the first player in program history, and the 50th in NCAA history, with 100 career goals and 100 career assists and also concluded her career as Loyola's single game (7 vs. Villanova in 2013), season (51 in 2015) and career (148) assist record holder, while her 290 career points rank second in school history, trailing just Grace Gavin's 311 from 2008-11. She also broke the program's freshman record for assists, dishing out 31 in her inaugural campaign.

VanThof became Loyola's seventh three-time All-American, picking up third-team honors as a midfielder. Ranking second on the team with 23 assists and fourth with 30 goals and 58 points, VanThof also has a team-best 91 draw controls, a total that ranks 12th in the NCAA and second to her own school record of 122 from 2014.

The Patriot League Midfielder of the Year concluded her career with three all-conference honors and three All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors. The Livonia, New York native also owns Loyola's single game (15), single season (122) and career (318) draw control records.

Lesher, the two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, picked up her second-straight All-America honor, being named to the third team. Lesher led the Greyhounds' field players with 46 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, while she shut down opponents' top attackers.

The defender also anchored a defense that ranks 15th in the NCAA with an 8.09 goals-against average after helping Loyola limit 14-straight opponents to nine goals or less, including seven to six goals or less. Throughout her career, she has 104 ground balls, 34 draw controls and 59 caused turnovers.

Loyola concluded the season with a 10-7 loss to third-ranked and fourth-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships. Throughout the year, the Greyhounds strung together a 16-game win streak, the program's longest, and tied a school record for wins in a season, at 17.