March 18, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 3.18.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Patriot League women's lacrosse games are set for both Wednesday and Saturday this week, with both Boston University and Loyola University Maryland playing their first League home contests.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Patriot League games are set for both Wednesday and Saturday this week.
*Boston University hosts a League game for the first time on Wednesday against Holy Cross.
*Loyola plays its first Patriot League home game on Saturday against Lehigh.
*Navy and Holy Cross enter the week at 2-0 in the Patriot League, with BU and Loyola at 1-0.
*Navy's Loren Generi leads the nation with 55 points entering the week.
Wednesday, Saturday Patriot League Contests This Week
With an expanded Patriot League and longer League slate, there will be a pair of Wednesdays with League action in addition to the seven Saturdays. The first of those comes this week, with a four-game slate that includes Boston University playing its first home League contest against Holy Cross. Navy (American) and Loyola (Bucknell) head on the road again, while Lafayette visits Lehigh in a rivalry matchup in Bethlehem. The League slate will pick right back up Saturday with four more games, including Loyola playing its first League home game against Lehigh, Boston University visiting Navy, Holy Cross hosting Lafayette and Colgate welcoming Bucknell.
Navy Continues Patriot League Winning Streak
Navy posted its 14th straight Patriot League win with its victory at Bucknell on Saturday, and can break the record of 15 consecutive Patriot League wins set by Lafayette from March 6, 1996 to March 20, 1999 with two more victories this week. Navy has not lost since falling to Lehigh in the 2011 regular-season finale, and has 20 wins in a row against Patriot League opponents overall including the last three postseason tournaments.
Loyola Posts Memorable League-Opening Win
Loyola Maryland's first Patriot League game will go down in the record books, and not just for the victory over Lafayette. Loyola's 22-12 win marked the school's highest-scoring game since a 25-4 victory over American in 2002, and was just two off the Patriot League record. Junior Taryn VanThof set a school and Patriot League record with 15 draw controls in the game, tying for the fourth-most in a single game in NCAA history.
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 (March 10-16)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARLEE PATON, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., A/M, Seaholme, Australia
Paton had a memorable performance in her first Patriot League game with six goals and four assists as No. 16/17 Loyola Maryland defeated Lafayette 22-12 in its inaugural League contest. Her 10 points mark the most for a Greyhound since Stacey Morlang had a school-record 16 in 2002. Paton also tallied four ground balls and four draw controls in the win. She was face guarded against Towson on Wednesday, but still managed a pair of ground balls and a draw control as the Greyhounds defeated the No. 17/18 Tigers 7-6 at home. Paton is in the top five in school history with 231 points, and second all-time at Loyola with 82 assists. She earns her first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award, and becomes the third Greyhound to receive the honor after previous awards for Hannah Schmitt (Feb. 18) and Annie Thomas (Feb. 25).
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TARYN VANTHOF, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., M, Livonia, N.Y.
VanThof set a school and Patriot League record with 15 draw controls in a 22-12 win over Lafayette on Saturday while totaling two goals, three assists, four ground balls and 19 draw controls in a pair of victories for the Greyhounds last week. She had a goal, assist, two ground balls and four draw controls in a 7-6 win over No. 17/18 Towson on Wednesday, and tallied a goal, two assists and two ground balls in addition to the draw-control record against Lafayette on Saturday. The 15 draw controls also tie for the fourth-most in a game in NCAA history. VanThof is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the second time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SOPHIA AGOSTINELLI, HOLY CROSS Jr., D, Framingham, Mass.
Agostinelli totaled six ground balls and eight caused turnovers in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. She had a brilliant game in a 9-6 loss to Brown on Tuesday with four ground balls and six caused turnovers, tying the Patriot League single-game record set by Navy's Caitlin Mandrin Hill in 2009. Agostinelli had a pair of ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers in a 9-7 win over American on Saturday as Holy Cross improved to 2-0 in the Patriot League for the first time since 2007. She earns her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON LABEAU, LEHIGH Fr., M, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
LaBeau combined for six goals and three assists in a pair of one-goal losses for the Mountain Hawks last week. She tallied two goals and three assists in a 13-12 overtime loss to Bryant on Monday, and put up four goals in a 12-11 defeat against Colgate on Saturday. LaBeau also totaled a pair of ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover in the two games. She earns her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had three goals, an assist, two ground balls and 12 draw controls in a 15-4 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY Sr., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro had five goals in Navy's 15-4 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
ANNIE FOKY, NAVY Jr., GK, Charlottesville, Va.
Foky made six saves and also notched four ground balls in Navy's win over Bucknell.
ELIZABETH MORSE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., A, Needham, Mass.
Morse had four goals in an 11-8 loss at No. 9/14 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday.
LAUREN GORAJEK, COLGATE So. Hightstown, N.J.
Gorajek scored two goals, including the game-winner, picked up three ground balls and added five draw controls in a 12-11 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
LAURA RYAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Stirling, N.J.
Ryan combined for three goals, three assists, five ground balls and four draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders.