Feb. 26, 2013
Loyola Greyhounds (1-1, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof leads the Greyhounds with six goals, eight points and 11 draw controls this year, as she has recorded a hat trick in each of her first two games since returning from a knee injury that kept her out all of last year.
• Defensively, the Greyhounds are anchored by Molly Wolf, who has stopped 19 shots in her first two collegiate games, including 11 in her debut.
• Junior Marlee Paton and Wolf each have six ground balls, while freshman Maddy Lesher - the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week - has a team-best four caused turnovers.
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (3-0, 0-0 ALC)
• The Blue Jays are coming off a 19-4 win vs. Bucknell on Saturday. Sammy Cermack, Taylor D’Amore and Sarah Taylor combined for 11 goals and 10 assists vs. the Bison.
• As a team, the Blue Jays are outscoring their opponents 57-19. Hopkins also holds a 37-7 advantage in assists and a 57-25 margin in draw controls.
• Both Taylor (12) and D’Amore (10) have reached double-figures in goals, with D’Amore leading the way with 24 points, including a team-best 14 assists and 17 draws.
• Defensively, Katie Duffey leads the way with 11 ground balls.
• In goal, Cosette Larash has started all three games, posting a 7.33 goals-against average and a .414 save percentage.
• Hopkins head coach Janine Tucker, a 1989 graduate of Loyola, will bring her Blue Jays to her alma mater for the first time in her career and for the first time since 1981.
• A former All-American and member of the Greyhounds’ Athletic Hall of Fame, Tucker got her career started as an assistant coach with the Greyhounds from 1990-93.
• Tucker is a four-time IWLCA Regional Coach of the Year and is the all-time winningest coach at Hopkins (210-113 in 19 seasons).
• The Blue Jays’ assistant coach Tara Singleton is also a former Greyhound. An All-American, Singleton helped Loyola to four-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2000-04, including two final fours and the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association title.
• Volunteer assistant Kelly (Kasper) Carter also has connections to Greyhounds’ coaching staff, as Carter played for Loyola head coach Jen Adams and was a teammate of assistant coach Dana Dobbie as a junior at Maryland in 2006.
Series vs. Johns Hopkins
• Loyola is undefeated in the series with Hopkins, holding an unblemished 12-0 record.
• The Greyhounds won a rain-soaked meeting Homewood Field, 11-7.
• Prior to last year’s, the last time the two squads faced was in 1982.
• Through the 12 meetings, the Greyhounds have outscored the Blue Jays, 153-46.
• At home, Loyola has won all seven games with the last meeting in 1981.
• The Greyhounds will head to Towson for their first road game of the year on Saturday, March 2. Opening draw is slated for 1 p.m.
BIG EAST Honors
• Freshman Maddy Lesher was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 23, after helping the Greyhounds to their first win of the season.
• Lesher held Penn State’s top scorer, Mackenzie Cyr, without a goal through the entire game, finishing the contest with a team-high two caused turnovers and one draw controls.
Early Season Success
• Johns Hopkins will be the third-straight team to visit Ridley without a loss this year.
• No. 8 Virginia opened its season in Baltimore, while No. 10 Penn State was 1-0 entering the contest and No. 14 Johns Hopkins is 3-0 so far this year.
In the Polls
• Loyola dropped to 10th in the deBeer Media Poll after its loss to Virginia, but jumped back up a spot to No. 9 this week. Johns Hopkins is ranked 14th in this week’s poll.
• The IWLCA Coaches Poll has not update this week, but both teams were ranked in the preseason poll. Loyola checked in at No. 6, with Penn State at No. 10.
• The Greyhounds will be the first nationally ranked program the Blue Jays will face while Hopkins is the third-straight nationally ranked opponent on Loyola’s schedule.
Taryn Tearin’ it up
• Redshirt sophomore Taryn VanThof returned from an ACL injury that kept her on the sidelines last year and has notched a hat trick in each of her first two games back.
• The three goals in each of her first two games ties a previous career high.
• She also had a career-high eight draw controls vs. the Nittany Lions.
• VanThof leads the Greyhounds with six goals and eight points this year.
• Freshman goalkeeper Molly Wolf stopped 11 shots in her collegiate debut vs. No. 8 Virginia and tacked on another eight vs. No. 10 Penn State.
• The 11 saves vs. UVa marks the most among any Greyhound freshman in their collegiate debut.
• Two Greyhounds extended their point streaks by contributing to the scoring in Loyola’s season opener versus No. 8 Virginia and win over No. 10 Penn State.
• Junior Marlee Paton had a point in every game last year and has extended her point streak to 28-straight contests by notching a point in both games so far thsi season.
• Sophomore Sydney Thomas has also had a point in the last 21 games, while sophomore Hannah Schmitt has tallied a goal or an assist in the last 11 contests for Loyola.
• Freshman Katrina Geiger scored her first collegiate goal in Loyola’s 13-11 win over No. 10 Penn State. Her goal was credited as the eventual game winner.
• Four freshmen have made their collegiate debuts this spring.
• Goalkeeper Molly Wolf, in addition to midfielder Katrina Geiger and defender Maddy Lesher all started the opener vs. No. 8 Virginia, while midfielder Maddy Blakeman got into the game versus No. 10 Penn State.
Overcoming Nittany Lions
• The Greyhounds trailed No. 10 Penn State at halftime, 7-6, but came back to earn a 13-11 victory on Saturday, Feb. 23.
• The last time the Greyhounds trailed at halftime and came back to win was also against the Nittany Lions in 2012. Loyola trailed 7-5 but came back to win 12-10 in overtime on March 7.