May 15, 2012
• Saturday will mark the first time that Loyola head coach Jen Adams and assistant coach Dana Dobbie have faced their alma mater.
• Adams was a former teammate and assistant for Maryland head coach Cathy Reese, while Dobbie played for both Adams and Reese in 2007 and 2008. More info can be found on page 3.
• The winner of Saturday's game will advance to the final four to face the winner of No. 7 seed Duke at No. 2 seed Northwestern at Stony Brook in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday, May 25.
Loyola Greyhounds (13-5, 7-1 BIG EAST)
• Loyola advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 10-9 overtime win over Penn on Saturday.
• Sixteen Greyhounds have tallied goals for Loyola this year, while eight have reached double figures in scoring. Sophomore Marlee Paton leads the way with 89 points on 54 goals and 35 assists, while freshman Annie Thomas has 67 points on 37 goals and 30 assists. Paton is ranked eighth in the NCAA in points per game (4.67), while Thomas is the top freshman at 3.5 points per game.
• Freshman Hannah Schmitt is tied for second on the team in goals (37) and points (45), while Sydney Thomas has 45 points on 22 goals and 23 assists. Junior Joanna Dalton has 30 points (25g, 5a) and classmate Cassandra Cursaro has 17 points (16g, 1a), while freshman Molly Hulseman has 16 points (15g, 1a). Freshman Kara Burke rounds out the Greyhounds in double figures with 16 points on 13 goals and three assists.
• Defensively, senior Kellye Gallagher leads the BIG EAST with 65 ground balls (ranked fourth nationally) and 53 caused turnovers (ranked second nationally), while classmate Ana Heneberry is ranked second in the league in caused turnovers with 37 (ninth nationally).
• In goal, senior Kerry Stoothoff has a 9.69 GAA and is stopping 46.8 percent of shots faced.
Scouting Maryland (18-3, 3-2 ACC)
• No. 3 Maryland advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 15-12 win over UMass last weekend.
• The Terrapins are led by ACC Player of the Year Katie Schwarzmann's 65 goals and 83 points.
• Alex Aust leads the offense with 51 assists and has also scored 42 goals.
• Offensively, Maryland is ranked fifth in the NCAA with 14.90 goals per game and 11th with 14.43 draw controls per game.
• Defensively, Ilana Sanza - the ACC Defender of the Year - has a team-best 42 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, while also ranking third on the team with 35 draw controls.
• In goal, Brittany Dipper is allowing 7.65 goals per game, while stopping 48.4 percent of shots.
Series Record vs. The Terrapins
• Maryland leads the all-time series with the Greyhounds, 28-3, although the two squads haven't faced since Jen Adams took over at Loyola in 2009.
• In the last meeting between the two, Adams was Maryland's associate head coach and current Loyola assistant coach Dana Dobbie was a senior for the Terrapins.
• In College Park, UMD has won 11 of the 12 meetings, with Loyola's lone win coming in 2003, 9-8.
• In NCAA Tournament games, the Greyhounds trail, 3-0, while this will be the first meeting in the quarterfinal round between the two in-state rivals.
• This will also mark the first NCAA Tournament meeting between the two in College Park.
• The Greyhounds are making their 15th appearance in the NCAA Championship and their second-straight appearance in the quarterfinals under head coach Jen Adams.
• Under Adams, the Greyhounds are 2-1 in tournament games, as they knocked off Penn, 10-9, in overtime on Sunday to secure its second-straight quarterfinal appearance.
• Last year, Loyola beat UMass, 14-7, at home in the first round, before falling at North Carolina, 16-13.
• This is the second-year in a row that the Greyhounds have earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament.
• Loyola is 9-4 in the NCAA Tournament when playing at home and 2-0 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
NCAA Tournament History
• Loyola is 13-14 all time in the tournament, including holding a 9-6 mark in first round action.
• The Greyhounds have advanced to the final four seven times, including playing in the national championship game in 1997, before ultimately falling to Maryland, 8-7.
• The last time Loyola made it to the final weekend was in 2003.
Path To The Title
• If Loyola is to advance out of the quarterfinal round, the Greyhounds won't face a familiar opponent until the championship game.
• The winner of Saturday's game vs. No. 3 seed Maryland will advance to Stony Brook to face the winner of No. 7 seed Duke at No. 2 seed Northwestern in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.
• Syracuse and Penn State are the other two team's that Loyola has faced this year that are still in the tournament. The Orange and Nittany Lions could face in the semifinals. Syracuse would have to beat No. 5 seed North Carolina at home, while Penn State would have to upset No. 1 Florida in Gainesville.
Versus NCAA Tournament Participants
• The Greyhounds went 4-3 against NCAA Tournament teams this year, beating Notre Dame twice and splitting two meetings with Syracuse. Loyola also defeated Penn State in overtime, but fell to Virginia and Towson.
• In the postseason, the Greyhounds are 2-0 against tournament participants, knocking Notre Dame out of semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, 11-9. Loyola then upset Syracuse, 13-7, in the championship game for its second-straight conference title and the automatic bid to the national tournament.
• Loyola is 1-0 vs. this year's opponents in the quarterfinals, beating Penn State, 12-10, in OT on March 7.
• Loyola's junior Joanna Dalton and senior J.P. Dalton were one of two pairs of brother/sister siblings trying to lead their respective schools to both a men's and women's NCAA Championship this postseason.
• The Dalton's are now the only only brother/sister combo that is still in the tournament, as Syracuse had the other pair in freshman Mallory Vehar and her brother Griffin, a redshirt sophomore. The Orange's men's team lost to Duke, 12-9, in the first round of the men's tournament.
• There are eight schools that advanced both their men's and women's programs to the NCAA Tournament, while Loyola is one of only four to have both advance to the quarterfinal round. Both of Duke, Maryland and Notre Dame's men's and women's programs advanced, while North Carolina and Syracuse's women's teams advanced and Virginia's men advanced. UMass had both its men's and women's teams eliminated.
• In addition, Loyola was the only one to advance both its men's and women's teams qualify for the tournament by automatic bids - the men won the ECAC title and the women claimed the BIG EAST's automatic bid after winning the league title for a second-straight year. UMass also qualified both automatically, however the Minutewomen beat Canisius, 13-12, in a play-in game to advance to the first round.
State Of Maryland In The NCAA Championship
• Loyola is one of four teams from Maryland (Towson, Maryland and Navy) in this year's NCAA Tournament.
• Maryland and Loyola are the only two that advanced to the quarterfinals, as Towson fell at home to unseeded Penn State, 15-8, and Navy lost at No. 5 seed North Carolina, 14-7.
• The state of Maryland will be represented in this year's final four with the Greyhounds and the Terrapins meeting in College Park on Saturday. The winner will advance to Stony Brook.
Maryland Coaching Connections
• Maryland head coach Cathy Reese and Loyola's Jen Adams won the 1998 NCAA title at Maryland while playing for Navy's current head coach, Cindy Timchal. Adams was a freshman on that squad, while Reese was a senior.
• Adams also served as Reese's assistant coach at Denver (2004-06), before returning to Maryland to serve as Reese's associate head coach in 2007 and 2008.
• In 2009, Adams left Maryland to become the head coach at Loyola.
• In addition, Adams led Maryland to the 2000 and 2001 NCAA titles - her third-and-fourth straight as a Terrapin, while playing with Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica.
Adams As A Terrapin Player
• Jen Adams is the most prolific scorer in collegiate women's lacrosse history, holding NCAA records for career points (445) and assists (178). She also holds two of the top-three single-season records for points, including the NCAA record of 148 from 2001, and is still Maryland's career record holder for goals, at 267.
• In addition, Adams holds Maryland's record for ground balls, scooping up 272 in 86 games played.
• She finished her career in 2001 with four-straight NCAA titles and an overall record of 83-4, leaving Maryland on a 43-game winning streak. The Terrapins only lost once in her last 73 games.
• She strung together a 78-game scoring streak, including 34-straight games with a goal, and notched seven game-winning goals throughout her career.
• Adams was the inaugural recipient of the Tewaaraton Award in 2001 and was a three-time All-American, a two-time Honda/Broderick Award winner for lacrosse and a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honoree as a senior.
• Adams was named the National Attacker of the Year three times and earned Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year award in 2000 and 2001.
• She was also named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse Team in 2002, the NCAA Division I 25th Anniversary Women's Lacrosse Team in 2006 and is among 24 finalists for induction into the 2012 National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Terrapin Duo Turned Greyhounds
• Loyola head coach Jen Adams (`01) and assistant coach Dana Dobbie (`08) are both Maryland graduates.
• In addition, Adams served as an associate head coach with the Terrapins in 2007 and 2008, helping coach Dobbie and her alma mater to back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances.
• Dobbie, a two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, concluded her career as a two-time All-American, a two-time ACC Player of the Year - the only Canadian to win the award - and a two-time Honda Sports Award nominee.
• She holds the NCAA record for both single season and career draw controls, at 126 and 334, respectively, while her 6.00 draws per game average in 2008 led the NCAA.
• Dobbie was also named the IWLCA Midfielder of the Year following her senior season.
Adams vs. Loyola and Maryland
• Loyola head coach Jen Adams has been on the winning side of all seven meetings she's been apart of between Loyola and Maryland, although this will be the first time she's on Loyola's sideline.
• As a player, Adams was 5-0 against the Greyhounds, including being a member of the squad that eliminated Loyola from the 2000 NCAA Tournament with a 17-7 semifinal victory at The College of New Jersey.
• Adams also led the Terrapins to two wins in 2007 and 2008 while she served as an associate head coach to current Maryland coach Cathy Reese. Loyola assistant coach Dana Dobbie was a player on those two teams.