VanThof Named Baltimore Sun National Player Of The Week
Loyola University Maryland junior Taylor VanThof has been named the Baltimore Sun National Player of the Week after helping the Greyhounds to a pair of wins over top-15 teams last week.
VanThof, also the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week this week, contributed seven goals and 17 draw controls in the two games, including scoring the game-winning against No. 10 Towson in triple overtime Wednesday night.
A midfielder from Livonia, New York, VanThof sparked a five-goal comeback against the nationally ranked Tigers Wednesday night, winning four draw controls and scoring two goals in a 5-0 run that tied the game at 13 and eventually forced overtime. She then netted the game-winner 2:09 into the third overtime period to put an end to the longest game played in Loyola's program history.
On Saturday, VanThof added a second-straight hat trick against No. 14 Princeton, while she also helped the defense hold the Tigers to single-digit goals for the first time in their last 18 contests. She finished the game with three goals and seven draw controls, helping the Greyhounds hold a 15-6 advantage at the draw.
For the season, VanThof is tied for seventh in the Patriot League with a 2.80 goals per game average, while her 6.40 draw controls per contest leads all players.
Loyola will return to action Wednesday night when its hosts its third-straight nationally ranked foe, No. 8 Virginia. Opening draw is slated for 6 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.