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Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Navy On American Sports Network Saturday

March 18, 2016

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Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time 3:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Notes Loyola | Navy

Things To Know
Loyola is in its 44th season of women’s lacrosse competition.
Head coach Jen Adams is one win away from her 100th (99-46 record in eight years).
In graduating four starting attackers and two midfielders, Loyola lost 88 percent of its scoring from a year ago (373 of 424 points), including 85.6 percent of its goals (243 of 284) and 93 percent of its assists (130 of 140).
With 17 goals last year, senior Maddy Blakeman is the team’s top returner scorer.
Defensively, the Greyhounds boast a pair of ILWomen Preseason All-Americans. Senior Maddy Lesher, a two-time Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and the League’s preseason favorite for the award again this season, was one of five defenders named to the Preseason All-America First Team, while senior Molly Wolf was included as the Preseason All-America Second Team goalkeeper, coming in behind only UNC’s Caylee Waters, the first-team selection.
Lesher was also named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for a second-straight year.
Wolf, Lesher and junior defender Bailey Mathis were voted to the 12-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team, while Loyola, winners of all 16 of its regular-season League games, was picked as the favorite in the Preseason Poll for a third-straight year.
Wolf recorded her 500th career save in a 7-6 upset win over No. 8 Virginia to become the sixth Greyhound in program history to reach the plateau and just the third since the turn of the century.
Nine Greyhounds have made their first career start this season.
Loyola’s 10-member freshman class was ranked ninth nationally by ILWomen.

Familiar Faces
Loyola head coach Jen Adams and Navy head coach Cindy Timchal have a storied history, as Adams played collegiately for Timchal at Maryland from 1998-2001.
Together, the duo won four-straight NCAA Championships and put together a pair of undefeated seasons, a 21-0 record in 1999 and a 23-0 mark in 2001.

Chasing 100
Jen Adams is looking to become the third head coach in program history to lead Loyola to 100 wins.
Adams entered the 2016 season with a career record of 96-42 in seven seasons. She needs just one more win to reach the milestone.
Two other coaches have guided Loyola to 100 wins. Anne McCloskey (1977-86) concluded her career with a 104-42-4 record and Diane Geppi-Aikens (1989-2003) posted a career record of 196-70.
McCloskey’s 100th win came in her 140th career contest. On April 3, 1986, in the fifth game of her 10th and final season, Loyola defeated Old Dominion, 14-6, in Baltimore.
Geppi-Aikens recorded her 100th victory in the ninth season and 140th game of her storied career. On April 3, 1997, Geppi-Aikens’ Greyhounds beat Delaware, 14-7, on the road to get the legendary coach her 100th win.

Loyola Greyhounds (3-4, 1-0 Patriot League)
Six of Loyola’s seven opponents this season have been nationally ranked, including two that are currently among the top three and four that were in the top-10 at the time of the meeting. Loyola knocked off two of those ranked teams, No. 16 Johns Hopkins in double overtime, 8-7, and No. 8 Virginia, 7-6.
Senior Maddy Blakeman leads Loyola with 10 goals and 13 points this year, while freshman Hannah Powers is fifth in the Patriot League with 10 assists.
Senior Maddy Lesher, the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week this week, leads the Patriot League with 3.17 ground balls per game. Lesher and Kristen Yanchoris, the League’s rookie of the week this week, also rank second and fourth in the League in caused turnovers, with 1.83 and 1.71 per game, respectively.
In goal, senior Molly Wolf has recorded three double-digit save games in six outings to become the sixth Greyhound in program history to reach 500 career saves. Wolf ranks third in the Patriot League with 7.86 saves per game and a .462 save percentage.

Navy Midshipmen (5-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Jenna Collins leads Navy, and ranks third in the Patriot League, with 19 goals this year, while she’s ranked seventh in the league with 24 points.
On the draw, Julia Collins has won 26, ranking third in the League with 3.71 per game.
In goal, Ingrid Boyum ranks fourth in the League with an 8.93 goals-against average, while she’s saved 39 shots for a .394 save percentage.

Series History
The Greyhounds are 3-0 against Navy, as the two programs didn’t meet until becoming Patriot League rivals in 2014.
Loyola won the inaugural meeting at Ridley Athletic Complex, 11-6, and the regular-season meeting in 2015, 14-4, in Annapolis.
The Greyhounds also captured the 2015 Patriot League title with a 14-9 win over Navy in Baltimore.

Up Next
The Greyhounds will step out of Patriot League play on Tuesday, March 22 when they travel to Georgetown for a 7 p.m. contest.

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