April 10, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 4.10.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Four teams are now in the 2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament after Navy, Boston University and Lehigh cliniched berths on Wednesday to join Loyola in the field. Holy Cross and Colgate have the inside track to the final two berths, as both teams can clinch a spot with one more victory.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Loyola University Maryland, Navy, Boston University and Lehigh have clinched berths in the Patriot League Tournament.
*Holy Cross and Colgate can lock up the last two spots with wins on Saturday.
*Loyola can clinch a bye to the semifinals with a win over Boston University, and the No. 1 seed with a win and Navy loss.
*If Loyola and Navy both win Saturday, the No. 1 seed will be on the line when they face off in Baltimore next week.
*Lafayette's Ana White is two caused turnovers away from the Patriot League record.
Patriot League Tournament Outlook
Four teams are now in the 2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament after Navy, Boston University and Lehigh clinched berths on Wednesday to join Loyola in the field. Holy Cross and Colgate have the inside track to the final two berths, as both teams can clinch a spot with one more victory. Loyola and Navy can both clinch byes through the quarterfinal round with wins on Saturday, while the Greyhounds can earn the top seed and right to host the tournament with a win and a Navy loss. Saturday's schedule features No. 14 Loyola at Boston University, No. 20 Navy at Holy Cross and Colgate at Lafayette with American at Lehigh on Sunday.
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.
The four Patriot League games on Wednesday all produced important results, perhaps none more so than Navy's 9-8 overtime win over Lehigh in a nationally-televised game on CBS Sports Network. Jill Coughlin scored a free-position goal as time expired in OT to give the Mids the win and a 5-1 League record. That moved Navy one game ahead of Boston University for second place as the Terriers fell 11-7 at Colgate. Loyola remained in sole possession of first place at 6-0 with an 18-5 win over American, while Lafayette kept its League Tournament hopes alive with a 12-9 win over Bucknell.
Navy's Loren Generi continues to shine and lead a group of Patriot Leaguers that rate high in the NCAA statistics. Heading into the week, Generi stood second in the nation with 71 points, and also fourth in assists (32) and ninth in goals (39) in the country while leading the Patriot League in all three categories. Generi also ranked sixth in the country with 6.23 draw controls per game. Lafayette's Ana White also had a pair of top-10 marks as she was 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 ranked in the top 11 nationally with more than 2.00 caused turnovers per game, while Loyola's Taryn VanThof was 12th in draw controls (5.23). A pair of goalies also rated 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).