Feb. 26, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 2.26.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Five games on Wednesday and seven more over the weekend create a busy stretch with Patriot League play coming soon. Two teams play ranked opponents on Wednesday as Boston University visits No. 10/11 Massachusetts and No. 5/7 Loyola Maryland goes to No. 20 Johns Hopkins.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Loyola Maryland is up to No. 5/7 in the nation after starting with wins over two ranked opponents.
*Navy is off to a 4-0 start and sits at No. 11/20 in the national polls.
*Boston University is playing on the road at a top-10 opponent for the third straight game on Wednesday.
*Navy's Loren Generi leads the Patriot League in goals (17), assists (18), points (35) and draw controls (24).
*Army announced on Monday that it will add women's lacrosse and join the Patriot League in 2016.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Five games on Wednesday and seven more over the weekend create a busy stretch with Patriot League play coming soon. Two teams play ranked opponents on Wednesday as Boston University visits No. 10/11 Massachusetts and No. 5/7 Loyola Maryland goes to No. 20 Johns Hopkins, while No. 11/20 Navy is at Villanova, Lafayette goes to Monmouth and Holy Cross hosts Fairfield (PLN). Navy is looking for its 100th win in program history. The weekend slate features home games for Colgate, Bucknell and Lafayette, with Loyola at a James Madison team that is receiving votes in the polls. Seven teams have another game from Monday-Wednesday next week before the League slate begins on March 8, with Loyola hosting No. 5/7 Florida on Tuesday on PLN.
NEW MEMBERS PLAYING TOUGH SCHEDULES
Loyola and Boston University have instantly enhanced the Patriot League's national profile in women's lacrosse as both teams take on difficult non-League schedules. The No. 5/7 Greyhounds have already won at No. 6/8 Virginia (Feb. 15) and at home against No. 16/17 Princeton (Feb. 22) as they open the season with seven straight games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls. Boston University opened with a gauntlet that included 18-8 losses at both No. 1/1 North Carolina (Feb. 15) and No. 2/3 Maryland (Feb. 19) and continues with a trip to No. 10/11 Massachusetts on Wednesday.
LEAGUE PLAY COMING SOON
The eight-game Patriot League schedules begin on March 8 with all squads except Loyola in League action. The opening weekend of games features Boston University at American, Lafayette at Navy, Bucknell at Lehigh and Colgate at Holy Cross. Preseason favorite Loyola will play its first Patriot League contest the following weekend by visiting Lafayette.
LOYOLA ENTERS PATRIOT LEAGUE ERA AS PRESEASON FAVORITE
Loyola will play its first season in Patriot League women's lacrosse as a prohibitive favorite after overtaking four-time defending champion Navy in the sport's preseason poll announced on Jan. 30. The Greyhounds captured 15 of a possible 16 first-place votes and 127 points overall to earn the top spot, with the Mids second with 113 points and three first-place votes. Loyola's fellow newcomer, Boston University, took third with 94 points followed by Holy Cross (76), American (72), Lafayette (61), Colgate (47), Lehigh (38) and Bucknell (20). Loyola's Marlee Paton was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, with Navy's Annie Foky as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards (Feb. 17-23)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas had three goals and two assists as the No. 6/8 Greyhounds beat a ranked opponent for the second time in as many games this season by downing No. 16/17 Princeton 15-10 at home on Saturday. Thomas recorded her 12th hat trick of the year as she gave Loyola a 5-1 edge midway through the first half and sparked a 4-0 run that put the game away and included the eventual game-winning goal with 17:57 to play. Thomas has a point in her last 20 games, and her 61 career assists are eighth in school history.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., M, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had another huge week for the Mids with a combined eight goals, 10 assists, six ground balls and 10 draw controls in victories over Liberty and Davidson. She started with three goals and a career-high tying six assists to go with five ground balls and seven draw controls in a 19-3 win over Liberty on Tuesday, then put up five goals and four assists in a 14-5 triumph against Davidson on Sunday. Generi leads the Patriot League in goals (17), assists (18), points (35) and draw controls (24) this season. She is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the first time this season and fourth overall.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY WOLF, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., GK, Baltimore, Md.
Wolf wins the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor for the second straight time after her second 11-save game in a victory over a ranked opponent this season. She made 11 stops in Loyola' 15-10 win over Princeton after doing so in a 16-12 triumph at then No. 6 Virginia on Feb. 15. Wolf had seven first-half saves against the Tigers as Loyola built a 7-4 lead at the half, and stopped all four free-position shots she faced. It was the fifth double-digit save total of the sophomore's career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CASE, LAFAYETTE Fr., M, Havertown, Pa.
Case had six goals in her first three career games, including four in a 16-6 win at Wagner on Saturday. She has scored a goal in all three contests after also tallying in losses to Marist and Delaware during the week. Case added four ground balls and two draw controls for the week.
TARYN VANTHOF, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., M, Livonia, N.Y.
VanThof recorded a goal, two assists, three ground balls and five draw controls in Loyola's 15-10 win over Princeton on Saturday.
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White totaled six goals, three assists, nine ground balls and nine draw controls in three games for the Leopards.
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Jr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had four goals and an assist in Lehigh's 10-4 win to open the season against Mount St. Mary's on Saturday.
KATIE GALLAGHER, NAVY So., A, Bel Air, Md.
Gallagher totaled five goals and five assists in Navy's wins over Liberty and Davidson.
OLIVIA MANGAN, AMERICAN So., M, Maplewood, N.J.
Mangan had three goals, three assists, two ground balls and three draw controls in American's 11-10 double overtime loss to UMBC on Saturday.
JENNIE BERGLIN, COLGATE Jr., GK, Glen Head, N.Y.
Berglin made 13 saves to help Colgate stay close in a 10-8 loss to Hofstra on Saturday.
EMILY KOOKOGEY, BUCKNELL Jr., A, Lutherville, Md.
Kookogey scored three goals in both of Bucknell's games last week.