Oct. 2, 2012
BALTIMORE - In her fourth season at the helm of the Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse program, head coach Jen Adams has been named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the second time, as announced today by the organization.
This past spring, Adams turned what could have been a rebuilding year for Loyola into one of the most successful seasons for the Greyhounds. Despite losing 73 percent of its scoring from 2011, Adams led Loyola to its second-straight BIG EAST title – knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 2 Syracuse in the conference tournament – and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. The 13-7 win over Syracuse in the BIG EAST title game marked the highest-ranked opponent the Greyhounds have defeated under Adams, and she also picked up her 50th career win in the regular season finale at UConn.
In addition, Adams led Loyola to a school record 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play, with the Greyhounds’ only loss being a 13-12 decision at No. 2 Syracuse.
Under her guidance, Kellye Gallagher became the first-ever Greyhound to be named the BIG EAST Defender of the Year, while Marlee Paton claimed the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year award. Adams also had seven Greyhounds earned All-BIG EAST honors, including a school record six being first-team honorees and three being freshmen. Gallagher and Paton also went on to become Loyola’s first pair of first-team IWLCA All-Americans since 2003.
On the field, Adams turned her freshman class into one of the most potent offenses in the nation, with the group combining to contribute more than 50-percent of the team’s goals and points and rank 27th nationally in scoring offense. Annie Thomas, the top-ranked freshman in the NCAA with 69 points last year, broke the program’s all-time freshman record for assists, dishing out 31 to smash Janet Eisenhut’s 32-year-old record of 19. Classmate Sydney Thomas also surpassed Eisenhut’s record, handing out 23 assists.
Loyola is currently in the middle of its fall ball season. The Greyhounds will scrimmage defending NCAA Champion Northwestern Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex at 2:30 p.m.