In garnering this preseason honor, Lesher and Wolf have both been included among the top-five players at their position, as Lesher was one of five defenders to be named a preseason first-team All-American and Wolf was named the second-team goalkeeper, coming in behind North Carolina’s first-team honoree, Caylee Waters.
Lesher, the two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, concluded her junior campaign with her second-straight IWLCA All-America honor, being named to the third team. The Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, native led the Greyhounds’ field players with 46 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers, while she was also responsible for shutting down opponents’ top attackers.
Wolf finished the season ranked second in the NCAA in save percentage (.517) and fourth in saves (180), while her 7.86 goals-against average ranked 13th nationally. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Wolf picked up her first career All-Mid-Atlantic Region honor after recording seven 10-plus save games throughout the season, including three-straight in the postseason.
Lesher and Wolf anchored a defense that ranked 15th in the NCAA with an 8.09 goals-against average in 2015. The duo led a unit that limited 14-straight opponents to nine goals or less, including seven to six goals or less. The defense finished the season ranked first in the Patriot League in goals-against average (6.25), save percentage (.550) and caused turnovers (11.00 per game) in league only games.
Loyola, conference champions in four of the last five years, will be playing for its third-straight Patriot League title this spring. The Greyhounds open their season on February 6 at Florida.