Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 3.7.14

PATRIOTLEAGUE.ORG Lafayette's Laura Kleiber
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Lafayette's Laura Kleiber
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March 7, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League women's lacrosse schedule opens on Saturday with four contests, including two marquee games at Noon.

Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Patriot League play opens with four games on Saturday afternoon.
*At Noon, Boston University plays its first League contest at American while four-time champion Navy hosts Lafayette.
*Colgate is at Holy Cross and Bucknell goes to Lehigh to complete the League slate at 1 p.m.
*All four Patriot League contests can be seen on the free Patriot League Network.
*Preseason favorite Loyola begins League play next week, and the No. 12 Greyhounds are at No. 9 Penn State Saturday.

Packed Afternoon of Patriot League Action Ahead
The Patriot League schedule opens on Saturday with four contests, including two marquee games at Noon. Boston University plays its first League contest at American, which placed second in the Patriot League standings last season. Four-time defending champion Navy, ranked No. 13/20 nationally, begins another quest for a title at home against Lafayette, which lost just 9-8 to the Mids in last year's Patriot League semifinals. The 1 p.m. contests feature Colgate at Holy Cross and Bucknell at Lehigh, with all four games available on the free Patriot League Network. Preseason favorite No. 12 Loyola Maryland begins League action next week, but first has another grueling matchup ahead as it visits No. 9 Penn State Saturday.

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. 12 Greyhounds have already won at No. 6/8 Virginia (Feb. 15) and at home against No. 16/17 Princeton (Feb. 22), but now have three straight one-goal losses including a 14-13 home loss to No. 5 Florida on Tuesday. Loyola is opening its season with seven straight games against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls, which continues at No. 9 Penn State on Saturday and at home against No. 11/15 Towson on Wednesday. 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 road defeats at No. 10/11 Massachusetts and Dartmouth. The Terriers are at American on Saturday and No. 14/17 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday before finally opening their home slate against Holy Cross on March 19.

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. 24-March 2)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN ARK, COLGATE Jr., M, Rochester, N.Y.
Ark exploded for six goals and two assists while also collecting four ground balls to lead Colgate to its first victory of the season with a 13-10 triumph over Drexel on Saturday. The goal and point totals each marked career highs as she put up three goals and an assist in each half. Ark had nine goals in two games last week as she also tallied three in a 12-11 loss to Canisius on Tuesday. Ark leads the Raiders and is second in the Patriot League with 15 goals and 19 points for the season.

MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KENDALL GARDEN, LEHIGH So., M, Davidsonville, Md.
Garden filled the stat sheet in all areas in two games for Lehigh last week, totaling three goals, four assists, nine ground balls, eight draw controls and eight caused turnovers as the Mountain Hawks split contests against Binghamton and New Hampshire. She had two goals, two assists and four ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls in a 10-9 loss to the Bearcats on Tuesday, and put up a goal, two assists, five ground balls and four draw controls and caused turnovers in a 9-5 win over the Wildcats on Saturday. Garden stands second in the Patriot League in both ground balls and caused turnovers for the season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGHAN CURTIN, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Curtin picked up a pair of wins between the pipes in identical 12-6 victories against Monmouth on Wednesday and Binghamton on Saturday. She made nine saves in the victory against the Hawks and five in the win over the Bearcats to finish with a .538 save percentage for the week. Curtin ranks second in the Patriot League in save percentage and third in goals against average for the season.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KRISTA DAMPMAN, LEHIGH Fr., M, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Dampman had four goals in Lehigh's 9-5 win over New Hampshire on Saturday, and five in two games last week. She tallied a ground ball and draw control as well as a goal in Lehigh's 10-9 loss to Binghamton on Tuesday.

HONORABLE MENTION
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., M, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had four goals, an assist, three ground balls and three draw controls in a 9-8 win over Villanova on Wednesday.

ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White put up four goals, two assists, three ground balls and 10 draw controls in a pair of wins for the Leopards.

LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber totaled seven goals and an assist in two wins for the Leopards last week.

CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Jr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had six goals in two games last week, including four in a 9-5 win at New Hampshire on Saturday.

SARA HENNESSEY, HOLY CROSS Sr., A/M, Winchester, Mass.
Hennessey had five goals in Holy Cross' 19-3 win at Stetson on Sunday and six in two games last week.

MOLLY WOLF, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., GK, Baltimore, Md.
Wolf made 19 saves in two games last week, with 11 in an 8-7 loss to James Madison on Saturday.