BALTIMORE - Three Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse seniors - Hannah Schmitt, Annie Thomas and Taryn VanThof - have been selected to compete for the Division I South Team at the annual IWLCA North-South Senior Game, as announced Thursday by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
The trio of Greyhounds will team with 19 other seniors throughout NCAA Division I to represent the South. They will take on the North on Saturday, June 6 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Game time is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
Throughout their careers, Schmitt, Thomas and VanThof helped Loyola's Class of 2015 become one of the most successful and decorated groups to come through the women's lacrosse program. Three-time conference champions and four-time NCAA tournament participants, the class combined to score more goals (609) and record more points (919) than any other class in program history. In addition, Schmitt and Thomas are among just four Greyhounds to have earned all-conference honors each of their four years, while VanThof is Loyola's seventh three-time All-American.
Schmitt graduated as one of the fastest and most consistent goal scorers in Loyola history. Concluding her career on a team-best 27-game scoring streak, Schmitt netted 170 goals and recorded 211 points throughout her four years, totals that rank seventh and ninth, respectively, on Loyola's all-time lists. In addition, she tallied 31 hat tricks throughout her career and had at least four points through 23 contests.
The attacker from Malvern, Pennsylvania garnered second-team All-BIG EAST accolades as a freshman, after scoring 42 goals, the third-best total among all Greyhounds in their rookie campaign. She followed that up with 72 goals the next two seasons for two more all-conference accolades, before netting a career-best 56 goals this season to earn her second-straight All-Patriot League First Team honor.
A team captain as a senior, Schmitt was also named the recipient of the inaugural Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship, giving to a senior on the women's lacrosse team who shares the values, characteristics and traits that Geppi-Aikens did for family, competitiveness, advocacy for sports and lacrosse, and toughness.
The quarterback to Loyola's offense, Thomas had a point in all but two games throughout her illustrious career, including at least one in every game this year. In dishing out 51 assists throughout her senior campaign, she shattered Erika Mawhorr's 22-year-old school record set at 46 in 1993. In addition, Thomas dished out 148 helpers throughout her career to take over the top spot on the program's all-time record, previously held at 120 by Rachel Shuck since 2005.
A native of Bel Air, Maryland, Thomas became the 50th player in NCAA history with 100 career goals and assists and concluded her career as the only player in program history to do so. While her 148 assists stand as a school record, her 142 goals rank 11th in Loyola history and her 289 points trail just Grace Gavin's 311 from 2008-11.
Thomas' career saw her earn four all-conference accolades, including three first-team nods, and two Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year honors.
VanThof graduates as one of the most decorated midfielders in Loyola history. Not only does she hold the school's records for draw controls in a career (318), single season (122) and game (15), but she, Schmitt and Thomas are among the 26 players in program history to have eclipsed the 100-goal plateau. She also broke the Patriot League's single-game record for draw controls and ranks fourth in league history in career draws (213), despite only playing two years in the conference.
Coming off a season-ending injury that kept her off the field her sophomore season, VanThof returned to earn three-straight first-team all-conference honors, including being named the Patriot League Midfielder of the Year in 2015, three first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region awards and three All-America accolades. A two-time Tewaaraton Award Watch List honoree, the Livonia, New York native helped Loyola to five-straight NCAA tournament appearances and four conference titles throughout her career, as Loyola won the BIG EAST in 2011 and 2012 and the Patriot League in 2014 and 2015.
A two-time team captain, VanThof was voted the team's Most Dedicated Player three times throughout her career and picked up the department's Ernest Lagna Award this year, going to the top senior student-athlete who excels in athletics, scholarship and character.