Blakeman, Lesher To Play In Senior All-Star Game, Adams To Coach
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland seniors Maddy Blakeman and Maddy Lesher will have one more chance to play together for women’s lacrosse head coach Jen Adams on Saturday, June 4, as the duo was named to the South Team roster, which will be coached by Adams, for the IWLCA’s annual North/South Senior All-Star games.
The Senior All-Star games will take place at Cabrini College with the NCAA Division I teams playing in the first game at 11:30 a.m. The Division II game will follow at 12:45 p.m., and the Division III teams will cap off the event with a game at 2 p.m. Admission for all three games is free of charge.
Blakeman had a breakout senior season, being named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team for her performance. Captaining a young offensive unit this year, the attacker from Vero Beach, Florida, also picked up her first-ever all-conference honor, being named to the All-Patriot League First Team, after leading the Greyhounds with 37 goals, 23 assists and 60 points. She also had seven four-plus point games and was the team’s top-point scorer on nine occasions, including at least three in every League game, despite frequently drawing a faceguard.
Lesher, the Greyhounds’ top mark-up defender, graduates as the most decorated defender in Loyola history. The program’s first-ever three-time defensive All-American, Lesher also became the Patriot League’s first-ever three-time Defensive Player of the Year. A four-time all-conference honoree, the Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, native led the Patriot League in caused turnovers and ground balls this year and ranks fifth nationally in ground balls per game (3.32) and sixth with 2.63 caused turnovers per contest. Her 50 caused turnovers sits second in single-season history at Loyola, and just four shy of Kellye Gallagher’s school record of 54 from 2012, while her 63 ground balls are tied for seventh in an individual season at Loyola.
Adams picked up her second Patriot League Coach of the Year honor after leading Loyola to its third-straight undefeated season in Patriot League play and its third-straight Patriot League regular season title. With 25-straight wins in conference play, Loyola owns the League's record for consecutive games won, while they've also captured all three Patriot League Tournament titles since joining the League for the 2014 season. The eighth-year head coach also notched her 100th career victory with an 8-2 win over Navy on Saturday, March 19 and led the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament for a sixth-straight season.