April 8, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 4.8.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Loyola University Maryland moved to 5-0 in the Patriot League with a 10-4 win at Colgate on Saturday, and became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2014 League Tournament. The No. 14 Greyhounds will not be alone for long with as many as three teams able to clinch berths in the six-team field on Wednesday.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Loyola University Maryland leads the Patriot League at 5-0 and is the first team to clinch a League Tournament berth.
*Boston University, Navy and Lehigh can all clinch berths on Wednesday with victories.
*BU and Navy can also clinch with a Bucknell loss, while Lehigh would do so with losses by Bucknell and American.
*Lehigh dealt BU its first Patriot League loss with a 12-11 double overtime road win on Saturday.
*Patriot League action is on the schedule on both Wednesday and Saturday this week.
One Team In Patriot League Tournament, Three More Can Clinch Wednesday
Loyola University Maryland moved to 5-0 in the Patriot League with a 10-4 win at Colgate on Saturday, and became the first team to clinch a berth in the 2014 League Tournament. The No. 14 Greyhounds will not be alone for long with as many as three teams able to clinch berths in the six-team field on Wednesday. Lehigh visits No. 20 Navy at 6:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network in a matchup where the winner is in the League Tournament, while Boston University can also lock up a bid with a win when it visits Colgate. BU and Navy are also in if Bucknell loses at Lafayette, while Lehigh would be in if the Bison fall and American loses at Loyola. Holy Cross, which is 3-3 in League action, will host Harvard in a non-League game Wednesday.
2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament
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. If the women's tournament is hosted at the same site as the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament, the semifinals would be moved to April 24 and the championship to April 26.
Navy's Loren Generi continues to shine and lead a group of Patriot Leaguers that rate high in the NCAA statistics. Generi is second in the nation with 71 points, and also stands fourth in assists (32) and ninth in goals (39) in the country while leading the Patriot League in all three categories. Generi also stands sixth in the country with 6.23 draw controls per game. Lafayette's Ana White also has a pair of top-10 marks as she is fourth in the nation in caused turnovers (2.43) and 10th in draw controls (5.36) per game. Lehigh's Kendall Garden, Bucknell's Katelyn Miller and Colgate's Jenna Frost also rank in the top 11 nationally with more than 2.00 caused turnovers per game, while Loyola's Taryn VanThof is 12th in draw controls (5.23). A pair of goalies also rate high, with Lehigh's Alexandra Fitzpatrick second in the nation in save percentage (.526) and Navy's Annie Foky third in goals against average (4.97).
Navy's Gennaro Moving up the Charts
Navy senior Aimee Gennaro is going down as one of the most prolific goal scorers in Patriot League history, as she is tied for fourth in the League record book with 199 goals and in ninth with 241 points. Her next goal will make Gennaro the fourth 200-goal scorer in League history and the sole all-time record holder at Navy.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CARLI SUKONIK, LEHIGH Jr., A, Penn Valley, Pa.
Sukonik tallied three goals and an assist as Lehigh dealt Boston University its first Patriot League loss with a 12-11 victory on the road in double overtime. Sukonik scored twice during a 6-0 Lehigh run that gave the Mountain Hawks a 7-3 lead, and later tallied to pull Lehigh within 10-9 with 5:22 left. Sukonik assisted on Chelsea Retaleato's goal with 3:08 left that sent the game to overtime. Sukonik notched her fifth hat trick of the season and ninth multi-goal game. She earns the first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award for a Lehigh student-athlete since 2011.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KATELYN MILLER, BUCKNELL Sr., M, Reisterstown, Md.
Miller led Bucknell to a pair of wins last week, including an 8-7 victory over Holy Cross that brought the Bison into the race for a Patriot League Tournament berth. She started by filling the stat sheet in a 22-8 win over Howard on Tuesday with a career-high tying six goals, two ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers in the game. Miller came up big against the Crusaders on Saturday with three goals, two assists, two ground balls, a draw control and two caused turnovers in Bucknell's victory. She is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the second time in her career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY WOLF, LOYOLA MARYLAND So., GK, Baltimore, Md.
Wolf had a strong effort against Colgate on Saturday with eight saves as the No. 14/14 Greyhounds posted their seventh straight victory with a 10-4 triumph. Loyola also moved to 5-0 in the Patriot League to take sole possession of first place and become the first team to clinch a League Tournament berth. Wolf stopped six shots in the second half to keep the Raiders off the scoreboard in the period as Loyola scored four goals to pull away. Wolf is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KIRSTEN WILHELMSEN, LAFAYETTE Fr., M, Wallingford, Pa.
Wilhelmsen scored a career-high six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift Lafayette to its first Patriot League victory with a 15-13 triumph at American on Saturday. The six goals matched the most for a Patriot League player this season, and were the top mark for any freshman in the League. In addition to the overtime winner, Wilhelmsen had four of Lafayette's seven second-half goals as the Leopards erased a 9-6 halftime deficit to force overtime. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
ALLISON LaBEAU, LEHIGH Fr., M, Mountain Lakes, N.J.
LaBeau had four goals, including the game-winner, in Lehigh's 12-11 double overtime win at Boston University on Saturday.
ALEXANDRA FITZPATRICK, LEHIGH Sr., GK, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
Fitzpatrick had 11 saves in Lehigh's 12-11 double OT win at Boston University.
KAITLAN MOYNIHAN, NAVY Fr., M, Bel Air, Md.
Moynihan totaled five goals and four assists in a pair of wins for the Mids last week.
LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber had three goals in a 15-13 overtime win against American on Saturday, including the tying score in regulation and an insurance tally in the overtime period.
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas had two goals and three assists in Loyola's 10-4 win over Colgate on Saturday.
ELIZABETH DUSWALT, BUCKNELL Fr., GK, Davidsonville, Md.
Duswalt had nine saves to help the Bison to an 8-7 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.
ELIZABETH MORSE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., A, Needham, Mass.
Morse had seven goals in two games last week, with five in a 19-9 win over New Hampshire on Saturday.
KATE MARTINO, HOLY CROSS So., A, Summit, N.J.
Martino had three goals and two assists in an 8-7 loss to Bucknell on Saturday.