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Women's Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season With No. 8 Virginia On Saturday

Ashley Cahill will serve as a team captain this season

Feb. 13, 2013

Game Information
Opponent Virginia Cavaliers
Date Saturday, February 16, 2012
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Loyola Greyhounds
Loyola returns its entire starting attack from a year ago, with all but two of the Greyhounds’ 249 goals last year coming from players on this year’s roster.  
• Defensively, the Greyhounds look to replace two All-American defenders and a two-time BIG EAST MVP goalkeeper. 
• Junior All-American midfielder Marlee Paton will look to lead a mix of veterans and newcomers in 2012. The ILWomen Preseason All-American tallied a team-best 90 points on 54 goals and 36 assists last year, en route to BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year honors. 
• Sophomore Annie Thomas also earned ILWomen Preseason All-American honors, while Paton, Thomas and Sydney Thomas were all unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
• As a team, Loyola was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll and was ranked No. 6 nationally in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll.

Virginia Cavaliers
UVa enters the year ranked No. 8 nationally in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll.
• The Cavaliers will have a new attack, as six of their top-seven goal scorers will need to be replaced. Liza Blue, the team’s top returning attacker, tallied 17 goals last season.
• UVa will look to talented transfers to fill the open roles, as Casey Bocklet (Northwestern), Sally Jentis (Florida) and Caroline Seats (Georgetown) join the program.
• In goal, Kim Kolarik returns after posting a 10.12 goals-against average a year ago. She also stopped 40.5 percent of shots faced and finished with a 10-7 overall record.

Series vs. Virginia
• The Greyhounds trail the all-time series with Virginia, 8-22-1.
• Virginia earned the victory in last year’s season opener, snapping Loyola’s two-game win streak in the series. The Cavaliers knocked off the Greyhounds, 14-9, at Klöckner Stadium, Loyola’s first time playing at the facility since 2004.
• This will mark the Cavaliers’ second time playing at Ridley Athletic Complex. In the 2011 season opener, Loyola upset the seventh-ranked Cavaliers, 15-7.
• Under head coach Jen Adams, the Greyhounds are 2-2 when facing the Cavaliers.
• In Baltimore, Virginia leads the series, 11-3, although Loyola’s 15-8 win in 2010 snapped a six-game losing skid for the Greyhounds vs. Cavaliers in Charm City. That was the lone meeting between the two teams at Ridley Athletic Complex. 

Up Next
Loyola will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23 when it takes part in a doubleheader with the men’s lacrosse team.
The women will host Penn State at 11 a.m., before the men face Maryland at 2:30 p.m. 

Season Openers
• Loyola holds an all-time record of 27-12-1 in season openers, including a 13-5-1 mark at home and 1-0 record at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• When facing Virginia in the first game of the season, Loyola is 1-1. The Cavaliers are the only team to face Loyola in a season opener at Ridley.
• Under head coach Jen Adams, Loyola is 2-2 in season openers.

National Rankings
• Loyola earned the No. 6 ranking in the IWLCA Coaches Preseason Poll.
• The ranking marks the highest preseason ranking for the Greyhounds since they started the season ranked No. 5 in 2004.
• Loyola has started the year ranked in the top-10 nationally in 17 of the 23 polls.

Preseason All-BIG EAST
• Junior Marlee Paton, the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2012, and sophomores Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas were all unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
• Paton was voted the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year last year, joining Kate McHarg (2006) as the only Greyhounds to ever earn the award. Paton had a league-leading 48 points in league pay last year and a team-high 90 points in all games.
Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas were both first-team all-conference selections a year ago. The duo are two of three sophomores on the preseason team, as Notre Dame’s defender Barbara Sullivan is the other sophomore.

Preseason All-Americans
• Junior Marlee Paton and sophomore Annie Thomas were named ILWomen Preseason All-Americans. Paton was a first-team selection, while Thomas was on the third team.
• Paton is one of three juniors on the 14-person first team that represents six different schools. She joins Syracuse’s Michelle Tumolo, Alyssa Murray and Becca Block as BIG EAST honorees.
• Thomas is one of seven sophomores to be included among the 43 honorees on the first, second and third teams. Notre Dame’s Barb Sullivan is the only other sophomore to be honored from the BIG EAST. 

The Attack Is In Tact
• Loyola returns its entire attack, including all 12 Greyhounds that scored at least two goals a year ago. In total, Loyola’s returners accounted for 247 of 249 goals scored last season.
• Junior All-American Marlee Paton returns after having one of the best individual seasons in program history. Paton tallied 90 points on 54 goals and 36 assists, the second-best single-season point total at Loyola (trails Grace Gavin’s 2011 total of 98 points).
• The Greyhounds also return the dynamic duo of sophomores Annie Thomas and Sydney Thomas, the program’s best pair of freshman feeders in school history. Both players surpassed Loyola’s 32-year-old program record for freshman assists (set by Janet Eisenhut at 19 in 1980), with Annie Thomas setting the new record at 31. Sydney Thomas finished the year with 23.
• Sophomore Hannah Schmitt finished the year second on the team with 42 goals, marking the third-best single-season mark for a freshman at Loyola. Eisenhut holds that record with 62 goals in 1980.
Annie Thomas and Schmitt also rank in the top five of Loyola’s freshman records for points, with Thomas sitting second with 69 and Schmitt finished the year fifth with 51. Eisenhut also holds that record, recording 81 in 1980.

New Defensive Unit
• Loyola will look to replace two All-American defenders due to graduation and its starting goalkeeper, the BIG EAST’s first-ever two-time Tournament MVP.
• Former Greyhounds Kellye Gallagher and Ana Heneberry ranked among the nation’s best in caused turnovers and ground balls their senior season and helped Loyola to an NCAA-best 219 caused turnovers in 2012.
• Senior Ashley Moulton and junior Katherine Reinhard return to anchor the defensive unit though. Moulton and Reinhard both started all 20 games for the Greyhounds last year, combining for 41 ground balls, 38 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers.
• Stepping in to fill the holes left by Gallagher and Heneberry will be freshman Maddy Lesher, in addition to a slew of returning Greyhounds. 

Rookie Keeper
• The Greyhounds will look to a new face to guard the cage, as sophomore Natalia Angelo and freshman Molly Wolf are battling for the starting role.
• Angelo played 74 minutes in goal a year ago, stopping nine shots, while Wolf, a three-time Under Armour High School All-American, comes to Loyola from Bryn Mawr.

World Cup 2013
Six players with connections to the Loyola women’s lacrosse will represent the Greyhounds at the 2013 World Cup in Oshawa, Canada this June.
Head coach Jen Adams, in addition to current juniors Marlee Paton and Cassandra Cursaro (alternate), and former Greyhounds Stacey Morlang and Kristen Stone (alternate), will all play for the Australian National Team.
Assistant coach Dana Dobbie will don the host country’s colors, playing with the Canadian team.

Hall of Famers
• Loyola had two more players inducted into the US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in December; former All-Americans Tricia Dabrowski and Suzanne (Eyler) Williams.
• The duo helped the Greyhounds to a 75-21 record throughout the 1999-2003 seasons, including a 24-2 mark in four years of Colonial Athletic Association play.
• Loyola won two CAA regular season and tournament titles with Dabrowski and Williams and advanced to five-straight NCAA Tournaments, including three semifinal appearances.
• Both players earned CAA Tournament MVP honors throughout their careers (Dabrowski in 2000 and Williams in 2002) and were also named to the CAA Anniversary Team in 2009.
• Dabrowski and Williams join 13 other Greyhounds in the Baltimore Chapter of the Hall of Fame; Anne McCloskey (1999), Diane Geppi-Aikens (2001), Sue Heether (2004), Rita Ciletti Hawkins (2004), Linda Rose Ohrin (2006), Andi Holthaus Whiteford (2007), Allison B. Valentino (2008), Kerri Johnson O’Day (2008), Michelle Meyer Dwan (2011), Krystin Porcella (2011), Stephanie Roberts Radebaugh (2011), Gina Roberts Ubriaco (2011) and Betsy Givens Economou (2012).

Team Captains
• Seniors Ashley Cahill and Joanna Dalton, in addition to junior Marlee Paton will serve as team captains for the 2013 season.
• Cahill provided a strong and reliable spark off the bench for the Greyhounds last year. Playing in 10 games, Cahill tallied two goals and distributed seven assists.
• Dalton stepped up to take the majority of the draw controls for Loyola last year, winning a team-best 56 to rank fourth in the BIG EAST. She was fourth on the team with 27 goals and was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
• Paton was a first-team IWLCA All-American and the BIG EAST Midfielder of the year last season. She finished the year with the second-best single-season point total in program history, scoring 54 goals to go with 36 assists for a total of 90 points.

Stoothoff Back
• The two-time BIG EAST Tournament MVP Kerry Stoothoff will remain with the Loyola women’s lacrosse program this year as a volunteer assistant coach.
• A 2012 graduate, Stoothoff anchored a Greyhound defense that led Loyola to back-to-back BIG EAST Championships, becoming the first player in conference history to earn tournament MVP honors twice, doing so in back-to-back years.
• Stoothoff concluded her career as a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree. She also earned first-team All-BIG EAST honors as a senior after ranking third in the league in goals-against average (10.07) and save percentage (.458), in addition to second in ground balls per game (2.95).






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