Home Opener Wednesday For Women's Lacrosse vs. No. 10 Towson
|Opponent||No. 10 Towson Tigers|
|Date||Wednesday, March 7|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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No. 16 Loyola Greyhounds (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
• The Greyhounds swept the four Patriot League weekly awards after posing a 16-15 overtime win at No. 13 Penn State on Saturday.
• Freshman Livy Rosenzweig became the first freshman in Patriot League history to earn both the Patriot League offensive player and rookie of the week accolades in the same week, while junior Taylor VanThof earned midfielder of the week honors and junior Kristen Yanchoris was tabbed the defender of the week on Monday.
• Rosenzweig contributed five points in the game, netting her first career hat trick and adding two assists, including one on Frankie Kamely’s game-tying goal with 28 seconds to play. Rosenzweig also won the draw control in the overtime period, one of her seven on the day, to set Loyola up for the game-winning opportunity.
• Rosenzweig leads the Greyhounds with 12 points (6g, 6a) and 18 draws this year.
• VanThof scored a career-high four goals in the win at Penn State, and tied Rosenzweig for a game-high seven draw controls to earn her third career player of the week honor. She’s second on the team with seven goals and 15 draws.
• With 49 seconds to play, Yanchoris caused the turnover that set Loyola up for teh game-tying strike that sent the game to overtime. She finished the game with two ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers. She leads Loyola’s field players with six ground balls and four caused turnovers, while junior Lindsey Ehrhardt also has four caused turnovers this season.
• Senior Hannah Savage and junior Hannah Powers are teid for second on the team with 11 points each. Savage has six goals and five assists, while Powers has four goals and a team-best seven assists.
• With three-straight double-digit save games, junior Kady Glynn ranks tied for 11th in the NCAA with an 11.33 saves per game average. She turned back 13 at No. 22 Johns Hopkins, 10 at No. 3 Florida and 11 at No. 13 Penn State.
No. 10 Towson Tigers (3-0, 0-0 CAA)
• Wednesday’s game will be the first road contest for the Tigers this season and their first game since a 14-7 win over Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 28, as Towson’s game vs. Oregon on Saturday was postponed due to weather altering the Ducks’ flight.
• The Tigers opened their season with a 14-13 win over Penn State and followed it up with a 21-13 win over Georgetown and the 14-7 victory against Michigan.
• Natalie Sulmonte leads Towson with 14 points this year, on seven goals and seven assists, and 22 draw controls, while Emily Gillingham is second with 13 points on a team-best 12 goals.
• Olivia Conti paces the team with 12 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
• In goal, Kiley Keating has played 179 minutes, posting a 10.71 goals-against average and a .418 save percentage to go with 23 saves.
• Loyola and Towson, the Greyhounds’ most storied rival, will meet for the 46th time in program history on Wednesday.
• The two in-state rivals have played at least one time every year since 1977, with Loyola holding a 32-13 advantage in the series, including a 14-8 advantage at home.
• Loyola has won three of the last five, but the Tigers own the last two victories and are 3-1 when playing at Ridley Athletic Complex, as the Greyhounds’ lone victory at Ridley came during the 2014 season.
• After upsetting No. 13 Penn State in overtime, 16-15, on the road, the Greyhounds find themselves ranked in the top-20 of all three national polls.
• The Greyhounds started the season ranked No. 23 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, which expanded to 25 teams to refelect the growth of the women’s game, but they were receiving votes in both the Cascade Women’s Division I Media Poll and the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Preseason Top 20.
• Following the win over the Nittany Lions, Loyola slid to the No. 16 spot in the coaches poll, No. 18 in the Cascade Media Poll and to No. 19 in the Nike/USL Top 20.
Patriot League Weekly Firsts
• Livy Rosenzweig became the first freshman in Patriot League history to earn both the offensive player and rookie of the week honors in the same week, doing so on March 3 after helping the Greyhounds upset No. 13 Penn State.
• Rosenzweig becomes the fourth freshman to earn the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award since it was created in 1991. Colgate’s Kate Manzella (4/6/97) and Lafayette’s Dana DiRenzo (4/27/97) were honored as freshmen in 1997, while Lafayette’s Heather McClelland was named the award’s recipient on April 5, 1999. When the award became known as the Attacker of the Week in 2011, Navy’s Aimee Gennaro received the honor on February 28, 2011.
• The Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor did not exist prior to 2011. Lehigh’s Ana White was named its recipient the week Gennaro was named attacker of the week.
How Sweep It Is
• On Monday, March 5, the Greyhounds swept the four Patriot League weekly awards, with Livy Rosenzweig being named both the attacker and rookie of the week, junior Taylor VanThof picking up her third career midfielder of the week accolade and first of the season, and classmate Kristen Yanchoris collecting defender of the week honors.
• This marks the fourth time since 2003, when the Patriot League started giving out three or more weekly awards, that the same school has swept each of that week’s weekly awards, but it’s the first time a single team swept the awards in a week other than the first week of a season.
• It’s also the second time the Greyhounds have accomplished the feat, as former Greyhounds Hannah Schmitt (attacker), Taryn VanThof (midfielder), goalkeeper Molly Wolf (defender) and defender Bailey Mathis (rookie) swept the awards on February 18, 2014.
• Navy was the first to do so after the first week of the 2010 season, (on February 23), and the Midshipmen again swept the awards on the first week of the 2016 season (on February 15).
• Loyola will remain home to host No. 14 Princeton in the first game of a Loyola lacrosse doubleheader on Saturday.
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