Yanchoris Named Preseason Patriot League Defensive POY; WLAX Places Four On Preseason Team
By Emma Hagedoorn '20
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse junior Kristen Yanchoris was voted the Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the 13-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team by teammates Kady Glynn, Hannah Powers and Taylor VanThof, as released Tuesday by the Patriot League.
The Greyhounds, who lead all League teams with four honorees on the preseason team, were picked to finish second in the Preseason Patriot League Coaches Poll. Navy, a 2017 NCAA semifinalist, garnered all 18 possible first-places votes and the maximum 162 points, while Loyola, undefeated in 34 regular-season Patriot League games over the past four seasons, earned 146 points and the remaining two first-place votes. Lehigh’s 124 points was good for third in the preseason poll, while Boston University was fourth, earning 120 points. Lafayette claimed the fifth spot with 86 points, followed by Bucknell (78 points), Colgate (64), Army West Point (60), Holy Cross (38) and American (17).
Yanchoris is garnering Preseason Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the first time after earning a pair of All-Patriot League honors as a freshman and sophomore. The anchor to Loyola’s defense, the Sykesville, Maryland, native was a first-team All-Patriot League selection in 2017 and returns as the team’s leader in ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (20). Her 15 caused turnovers in conference games last year ranked tied for second among all Patriot League defenders. Throughout her career, Yanchoris has collected 61 ground balls and 46 caused turnovers.
Glynn, a goalkeeper from Florham Park, New Jersey, stepped in to seamlessly fill the starting goalkeeper role this past season and posted six double-digit save performances, including four in Patriot League play. She led the League's goalkeepers with a .548 save percentage in conference games and was third with a 9.37 goals-against average and was second with 10.00 saves per game average. Her career-best 18 saves against Navy tied for first among single-game highs in the Patriot League this season, and it earned her the first of two Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week accolades throughout the season. Her second came after she made 12 saves and held Lehigh scoreless for the final 24 minutes of a 12-11 win over the Mountain Hawks.
Powers, the 2016 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, is a two-time All-Patriot League attacker and an IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region performer. She’s started and played all 38 games throughout her career, and will be Loyola’s top returning scorer, as she led the team with 28 assists and 73 points last year. The native of Skaneateles, New York, had at least one point in all but one game last season and will carry a 14-game point-streak into this year. Throughout her career, Powers has contributed 13 hat tricks, 77 goals, 49 assists and 126 points.
VanThof had a breakout season for the Greyhounds and was one of two Patriot League midfielders on an IWLCA all-region team last year. Emerging as one of the most dominant players on the draw, the Livonia, New York, native finished last season ranked second in the NCAA with 8.59 draws per game. She reached double digits in draw controls in eight contests, while her 20 at American made her the second player in NCAA history to win at least 20 in a single game. She followed that up by winning 21 in the next game, vs. Colgate, which stood as the most in a single game nationally last year. That total also stands as the Patriot League and Loyola single-game records, while her 146 draw controls for the season broke Loyola's single-season record and is ranks second on the Patriot League's single-season records.
The Greyhounds will open their 46th season of competition at Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m at Homewood Field.