BALTIMORE - A pair of Loyola University Maryland seniors, Maddy Lesher and Molly Wolf, have been named to one of the IWLCA All-American teams, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Wednesday.
Lesher, a defender from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, picked up her third-straight All-America honor, being included on the second team, while Wolf, a goalkeeper from Baltimore, Maryland, was named to the third-team.
Together, the duo has anchored Loyola’s defensive unit the past four years, helping the Greyhounds to three-straight Patriot League Championships and four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Since joining the Patriot League for the 2014 season, the two have helped Loyola rank as one of the top defensive units in the League, as the Greyhounds have finished each of those three seasons in the top two for ground balls, caused turnovers, goals-against average and save percentage.
Lesher, the Greyhounds’ top mark-up defender every year of her career, graduates as the most decorated defender in Loyola history. The program’s first-ever three-time defensive All-American, Lesher also became the Patriot League’s first-ever three-time Defensive Player of the Year. A four-time all-conference honoree, Lesher led the Patriot League in caused turnovers and ground balls this year and ranks fifth nationally in ground balls per game (3.32) and sixth with 2.63 caused turnovers per contest. Her 50 caused turnovers sits second in single-season history at Loyola, and just four shy of Kellye Gallagher’s school record of 54 from 2012, while her 63 ground balls are tied for single in an individual season at Loyola.
Lesher concluded her career ranked fifth on the program’s all-time career record charts for ground balls and caused turnovers. Her 167 ground balls were the most for a Greyhound since Suzanne Eyler had 175 from 1999-2003, while her 109 caused turnovers helped her become one of just five Greyhounds in program history to reach 100 in each statistical category.
Wolf has been a spark between the pipes for the Greyhounds, starting every game of her four-year career. The first-team All-Patriot League goalkeeper was named the Patriot League Tournament MVP this season after leading Loyola to a third-straight conference title. She also held all but two conference foes to six goals or less, while she led the League in goals-against average (6.16) and save percentage (.607). For the season, she finished the year ranked ninth nationally with 164 saves and sixth in the NCAA with a .519 save percentage.
Wolf, a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team goalkeeper, logged more minutes in goal than any other Greyhound in program history. She finished her career with 23 double-digit save games and 603 saves to become just the fourth goalkeeper to reach at least 600 saves and the first since Tricia Dabrowski did so from 1999-2002. Wolf is also ranked ninth at Loyola with 155 career ground balls and seventh with an 8.72 career goals-against average.