March 25, 2014
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Boston University won 9-8 at Navy on Saturday to snap the Mids' 15-game Patriot League win streak.
*It was the first regular-season or Tournament loss for the Mids to a Patriot League team since 2011.
*Loyola moved up to No. 14/15 in the polls on Monday, and visits No. 14/15 Georgetown on Tuesday.
*Matchups of teams with winning League marks Saturday are Colgate at No. 19 Navy and Holy Cross at No. 14/15 Loyola.
Boston University Snaps Navy's Patriot League Win Streak
Navy tied the record for consecutive Patriot League wins when it hit 15 in a row with a 13-1 victory at American on Wednesday, but the Mids could not claim sole possession of the mark as Boston University won 9-8 at Navy on Saturday. Navy tied the record Lafayette set from March 6, 1996 to March 20, 1999. The Mids had won 21 straight games against League opponents, inlcuding six to win the last three postseason tournaments, since falling in the 2011 regular-season finale to Lehigh.
BU, Loyola Tied for First Place as League Play Hits Midpoint
The two new members are showing their strength in their first Patriot League season as both Boston Univeristy and Loyola University Maryland have started 3-0 in the League. The Terriers gave both Holy Cross and Navy their lone League losses last week and have won their three games by a combined four goals, while the Greyhounds have been dominant with no League game closer than eight goals. The first-place team hosts the semifinals and championship of the Patriot League Tournament on April 25 and 27, but second place is a key destination as well to avoid a quarterfinal game on April 22.
Four of the Top Five Face Off on Saturday
Three teams have just one loss in the Patriot League to nip at the heels of BU and Loyola, and four of the top five in the standings will face off with one of the other top teams on Saturday. Colgate heads to No. 19 Navy at Noon in a matchup of one-loss squads, while Holy Cross takes a 3-1 mark into its matchup at Loyola at 1 p.m. Boston University tries to remain perfect in League action when it visits Lafayette and American is at Bucknell, with each of those games also starting at 1 p.m. All four of the League contests will be available on Patriot League Network.
Greyhounds Face Another Non-League Test
Seven of the nine League squads will have a non-League contest on either Tuesday or Wednesday. The schedule features Loyola visiting No. 14/15 Georgetown on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a matchup of top 15 teams in the national polls. It will be the seventh ranked opponent for the Greyhounds this season, with Loyola holding a 3-3 mark in those contests to date. Colgate, Lafayette and Bucknell also have non-League games on Tuesday, with Lehigh, Boston University and American all at home on Wednesday.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas totaled seven goals and four assists in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds last week. She started with a career-high five goals and three assists in a 16-5 triumph over Bucknell on Wednesday, then had two goals and an assist in a 12-4 victory against Lehigh on Saturday. Thomas is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time, and marks the fourth time in six weeks a Loyola student-athlete has captured the award.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JILL HORKA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M, Westborough, Mass.
Horka came up big in a pair of close wins for the Terriers last week. She tallied two goals, two ground balls and a draw control in an 8-6 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday, and came up with two goals, an assist and two ground balls as Boston University won 9-8 at No. 14/19 Navy on Saturday to snap the Mids' 15-game Patriot League win streak. Horka scored the game-winning goal when she gave BU a 9-7 lead with 13:55 to play.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHRISTIE HART, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., D, Upperco, Md.
Hart helped lead the Terriers to the win over Navy by holding the nation's leading scorer, Loren Generi, without a point in the 9-8 victory. Hart took on the one-on-one assignment and also helped force Generi into five turnovers. That outing came after Hart picked up two ground balls and led a defense which held Holy Cross scoreless for over 32 minutes in an 8-6 win on Wednesday.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CAROLINE MEEGAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., GK, Timonium, Md.
Meegan made 10 saves as Boston University ended Navy's 15-game Patriot League win streak with a 9-8 win over the No. 14/19 Mids on Saturday. She held the Mids to just 2-of-10 on free-position attempts and made five saves in each period as BU won a game where it was outshot 26-15. Meegan made four saves in an 8-6 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday as she picked up the victory in both games last week. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
BECCA CHURCH, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, Madison, Conn.
Church totaled five goals and an assist in a pair of wins for the Terriers last week.
TARYN VANTHOF, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., M, Livonia, N.Y.
VanThof totaled four goals, an assist, four ground balls and 12 draw controls in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds last week.
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi had four goals and two assists in a 13-1 win over American on Wednesday.
LAURA RYAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Stirling, N.J.
Ryan combined for four goals, two assists, eight ground balls and five draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders.
JENNIE BERGLIN, COLGATE Jr., GK, Glen Head, N.Y.
Berglin made 13 saves in Colgate's 16-6 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick had 14 saves in Lehigh's 9-8 win over Lafayette on Wednesday.
JESSICA WOJCIECHOWSKI, AMERICAN So., A, Monkton, Md.
Wojciechowski had four goals and an assist in a 13-11 win over Old Dominion on Saturday.