Paton, Thomas, VanThof And Lesher Named WLAX All-Americans

May 20, 2014

BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse senior Marlee Paton was named to the IWLCA All-America Second Team, while junior Annie Thomas, junior Taryn VanThof and sophomore Maddy Lesher were selected as third-team All-Americans, as announced by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Tuesday.

The four All-America honors were the most for the Greyhounds since they had four honorees in 2002.

With a third-straight All-America honor, Paton has become just the sixth Greyhound in program history to become a three-time All-American. The Seaholme, Australia, native concluded her career as one of the most decorated players in program history, picking up four-straight All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, four all-conference honors, two conference midfielder of the year accolades, four all-tournament team awards, a Patriot League Tournament MVP nod and was a three-time Tewaaraton Award Top-25 nominee. In addition, she is the first player in program history to reach 100 career goals (180), ground balls (138), draw controls (104) and caused turnovers (116), and finished her career ranked among the top-five at Loyola in goals (fifth), assists (tied second, 97), points (fourth, 277) and caused turnovers (fourth).

Thomas, an attacker from Bel Air, Md., is making her first appearance on an All-America team after leading the team in points and assists this year. The Patriot League Attacker of the Year dished out 39 helpers and tacked on 40 goals for 79 points this season, a total that ranks her tied for 16th nationally. Her 39 assists were the most for a Greyhound since Erika Mawhorr set the school record at 46 in 1993, while her 79 points is tied for the 10th-best single-season output in program history. A three-time All-Mid-Atlantic region and three-time all-conference performer, Thomas will enter her senior season tied for second on Loyola’s career assists records with 97 and eighth in career points, with 201.

VanThof has been named an All-American for the second-straight year. A midfielder from Livonia, N.Y., VanThof dominated the draw control this year, breaking Loyola’s single-game, single-season and career records. She also broke the Patriot League’s single-game record when she won 15 draw controls at Lafayette, before tying it at Boston University. She finished the year ranked fourth in the NCAA with 122 draw controls, a total stands as the eighth-best single-season mark in NCAA history, and has won 227 draw controls throughout her career. In addition, VanThof contributed at least one point through every game this year, extending her streak to 30-straight games with a point, to finish the year with 31 goals, nine assists and 40 points. She also added a team-best 42 ground balls and had 29 caused turnovers.

Lesher is picking up her first All-America honor this season and is one of just seven sophomores to be selected among the 48 honorees. The Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year from Gladwyne, Pa., Lesher has been Loyola’s top mark-up defender all season. In eight conference games, Lesher limited her personal match-ups to just four goals, with no one scoring more than once against her. In addition, she anchored a defensive unit that held 14 opponents to eight-goals-or-less, including seven to five or less. The unit ranked 11th in the NCAA with an 8.11 goals-against average this year. The two-time all-region honoree and two-time all-conference selection finished the year with 25 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.

Loyola concluded the year with a 15-6 overall record – the second-most wins in a season under head coach Jen Adams – and an 8-0 mark in its inaugural season in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds became the first program at Loyola to win a Patriot League Championship and are the first women’s lacrosse team to win the title in their first year as league members. With its third conference title in four years, Loyola advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Championships, where it won its first game in the tournament for a program-best fourth-straight year.