April 1, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 4.1.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Six teams will make the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament, and as many as four of those berths can be clinched by Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Loyola University Maryland and Boston University both remained perfect in the Patriot League with wins on Saturday.
*The No. 14 Greyhounds have won six in a row, while the Terriers have claimed four straight overall.
*BU's four straight wins have come by a total of five goals, with three straight one-goal victories.
*Loyola, BU, Navy and Holy Cross can all clinch League Tournament berths this weekend.
*Navy's Loren Generi leads the NCAA with 5.82 points per game.
League Tournament Picture May Develop Saturday
Six teams will make the Patriot League Tournament, and as many as four of those berths can be clinched by Saturday. Both Loyola and Boston University can lock up League Tournament berths in their first season with wins as the Greyhounds visit Colgate and the Terriers host Lehigh. Either of the two teams as well as Navy can also clinch with losses by Bucknell and American, with the Bison hosting Holy Cross and the Eagles welcoming Lafayette on Saturday. The Crusaders would earn their League Tournament spot with a win at Bucknell and Lafayette victory. The Patriot League Tournament begins with the quarterfinals on April 22 with the No. 6 seed at the No. 3 and No. 5 at No. 4. The winners of those two games will join the top two teams at the site of the No. 1 seed for the semifinals on April 25 and championship on April 27.
Loyola, BU Continue to Roll
Loyola built its winning streak to six while Boston University reached four as each school won a pair of games last week. The Greyhounds defeated No. 14/15 Georgetown 8-5 on Wednesday to complete their non-League schedule with a 4-3 record against ranked opponents, then throttled Holy Cross 19-5 on Saturday. The Terriers have won their four consecutive games by a total of five goals after beating Yale 6-5 on Wednesday and Lafayette 9-8 on Saturday last week. Loyola is at No. 14 in both national polls, while Navy stands at No. 19 in the Brine Media Poll after getting back on track and improving to 10-1 overall with a 13-2 victory over Colgate on Saturday.
Patriot Leaguers sit in the top 10 in almost every statistical category in the latest NCAA Division I leaderboard update. The most prominent positions go to Navy's Loren Generi, who is first in the nation in points per game (5.82), second in overall points (64) and assists (29) and seventh in goals (35). Generi is also sixth in the nation with 5.91 draw controls per game, with Loyola's Taryn VanThof eighth (5.50) and Lafayette's Ana White ninth (5.42). Lehigh's Kendall Garden (sixth) and White (seventh) are among five Patriot Leaguers in the top 16 in the nation in caused turnovers. Among the goalkeepers, Navy's Annie Foky is second in the country with a 4.97 goals against average and Lehigh's Alexandra Fitzpatrick stands third in the country with a .529 save percentage.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas receives her third Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award of the season, and second in a row, after totaling three goals and seven assists in a pair of wins for the No. 14/15 Greyhounds last week. She started with two goals, an assist and two ground balls as the Greyhounds won a top-15 matchup with an 8-5 victory at fellow No. 14/15 Georgetown on Wednesday. Her points came during Loyola's rally from a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 lead, including the game-winning tally. Thomas had a goal and six assists in Loyola's 19-5 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, with assists on the first three goals for the Greyhounds. She has scored a point in 30 straight games, and is already up to 78 career assists.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JILL HORKA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M, Westborough, Mass.
Horka had outstanding efforts on both ends of the field as Boston University won a pair of one-goal games last week. She had an assist, four ground balls, two draw controls and six caused turnovers in a 6-5 win over Yale on Wednesday. Horka had career highs of five points and four goals in a 9-8 win over Lafayette on Saturday as the Terriers remained perfect in Patriot League play. She scored the game-winning goal with 12:38 to play as BU rallied from an 8-6 deficit for the win, and also had four ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers in the game. Horka is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the second straight time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AISLINN PROBST, NAVY Fr., M, Arnold, Md.
Probst had four ground balls and three caused turnovers to lead a dominant effort in No. 19 Navy's 13-2 win over Colgate on Saturday. She helped the Mids hold Colgate's Megan Ark, who came in with 29 goals on the season, to no points in the contest. Navy shut out a Patriot League opponent in the first half for the third time this season. Probst earns her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MADDY MOLINARI, BUCKNELL Fr., M, Manhasset, N.Y.
Molinari had four goals and two assists in a pair of games for the Bison last week, with a two-goal, two-assist effort in Bucknell's 11-10 win over American on Saturday. The Bison went on a 6-0 run to come back from a 5-1 deficit and take the lead for good against the Eagles, and Molinari had a goal and an assist during that stretch. Molinari also had two goals against Duquesne on Tuesday, and earns her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award.
MARLEE PATON, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., M, Seaholme, Australia
Paton had six goals, two assists, four ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds.
BECCA CHURCH, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, Madison, Conn.
Church scored a career-high four goals as Boston University rallied for a 9-8 win at Lafayette on Saturday.
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY Sr., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro had four goals and an assist in Navy's 13-2 win over Colgate on Saturday.
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick had 22 saves in two games for Lehigh last week, finishing with a .629 save percentage.
OLIVIA MANGAN, AMERICAN So., M, Maplewood, N.J.
Mangan totaled eight goals, an assist, four ground balls and five draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Eagles.
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Jr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik had six goals in two games last week, with four in a 9-7 win over California on Wednesday.