April 15, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Release - 4.15.14
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The final Saturday of the regular season is upon us, and there is still plenty to be decided for the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament. No. 20 Navy will visit No. 14/15 Loyola Maryland with the top seed and right to host the League Tournament on the line. Colgate, Lehigh and Boston University have all clinched Patriot League Tournament berths as well, with the last spot coming down to Holy Cross and Bucknell.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Navy visits Loyola with the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament on the line on Saturday.
*The loser of the matchup gets the No. 2 seed as both teams have clinched quarterfinal byes.
*Colgate, Lehigh and Boston University have clinched berths in the Patriot League Tournament.
*Holy Cross can claim the last berth with a win or Bucknell loss, while the Bison get in with a win and Crusader loss.
*Colgate, Lehigh, BU and Holy Cross can all still host the two quarterfinal games on Tuesday.
Patriot League Tournament Outlook
The final Saturday of the regular season is upon us, and there is still plenty to be decided for the Patriot League Tournament. No. 20 Navy will visit No. 14/15 Loyola Maryland with the top seed and right to host the League Tournament on the line. The Mids are also going for a share of their third-straight regular-season title, while the Greyhounds can claim the outright regular-season crown in their first season. Colgate, Lehigh and Boston University have all clinched Patriot League Tournament berths as well, with the last spot coming down to Holy Cross and Bucknell. The Crusaders claim the berth with a win at Lehigh or Bucknell loss at Boston University, while the Bison earn the spot with a win and Holy Cross loss. Colgate goes to American, and would lock up the No. 3 seed and right to host a quarterfinal game with a win. Lehigh can also seal a quarterfinal home game with a win, while BU would earn a home contest in the quarters with a win and loss by either Colgate or Lehigh. Holy Cross will be at home for the quarters with a win and Colgate loss. All four games, along with Lafayette's season finale at home against Iona, will start at 1 p.m. and be shown on Patriot League Network.
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 Loyola and Navy at the site of the No. 1 seed for the semifinals and championship. If Loyola hosts the Tournament, the semifinals would be on April 24 and championship on April 26. A Navy win over Loyola would send the League Tournament back to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 25 and 27.
An exciting weekend of action put Loyola, Navy, Colgate and Lehigh in prime position for Patriot League Tournament seeding. The Greyhounds and Mids each won on the road to clinch quarterfinal byes and set up Saturday's showdown as Loyola topped Boston University 19-8 and Navy held off Holy Cross 8-6. Colgate earned its spot in the field with a dramatic 18-17 double overtime win at Lafayette, and controls its own destiny to host in the quarterfinals along with Lehigh after the Mountain Hawks came back from a halftime deficit for a 10-6 win over American.
Many outstanding seniors are seeing their careers come to an end soon, and a few have spots in the Patriot League record book. Lafayette's Ana White is now the all-time League leader in both draw controls (392) and caused turnovers (124), while Navy's Aimee Gennaro is fourth all-time in goals (204) and ninth in points (247) in League annals. While her stats do not count towards the official League record book, Loyola's Marlee Paton is among the top 10 in points (262), assists (92) and caused turnovers (100).
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN ARK, COLGATE Jr., A, Rochester, N.Y.
Ark led the offense in a pair of key wins for the Raiders as she combined for 12 goals and two assists in victories against Boston University and Lafayette. She scored four goals and had two assists along with a pair of ground balls in an 11-7 victory over BU on Wednesday, then tallied eight goals in nine shots as Colgate beat Lafayette 18-17 in double overtime on Saturday to clinch a Patriot League Tournament berth. The eight goals were the most for a Patriot League player this season, and Ark leads the League with 3.23 goals per game for the year. She is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
MIDFIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANA WHITE, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Swarthmore, Pa.
White totaled four goals, four assists, four ground balls, six caused turnovers and 20 draw controls in a pair of games for the Leopards last week. She had a goal with four ground balls, four caused turnovers and six draw controls in a 12-9 victory over Bucknell on Wednesday, and put up three goals, four assists, two caused turnovers and 14 draw controls in an 18-17 double overtime loss to Colgate on Saturday. White is the Patriot League career leader with 392 draw controls and tied for the all-time League lead with 124 caused turnovers. She is named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week for the first time this season and 10th in her career, more than any other player in the four-year history of the award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MARLEE PATON, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., M, Seaholme, Australia
Known for her offensive prowess, Paton also played a key role on the defense in a pair of double-digit wins for the No. 14 Greyhounds last week. She had three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers in an 18-5 win over American on Wednesday, and put up nearly identical statistics in a 19-8 win over Boston University on Saturday with three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control. Loyola limited both opponents to 12 shots as Paton helped defensively in the midfield. She also combined for seven goals and five assists in the two games. Paton is the first-ever Greyhound to reach 150 goals, 250 points, 100 ground balls and 100 caused turnovers in her career. She is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time to go with an Offensive Player of the Week honor earlier in the year.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KRISTA DAMPMAN, LEHIGH Fr., A, Garden City, N.Y.
Dampman tallied five goals, including the game-winner, as Lehigh moved into a tie for third place in the Patriot League with a 10-6 win over American on Sunday. She scored four of Lehigh's first five goals in the second half as the Mountain Hawks turned a 5-3 deficit into an 8-5 lead. Dampman also had a goal and an assist in a 9-8 overtime loss to No. 20 Navy on Wednesday. She is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
ANNIE THOMAS, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., A, Bel Air, Md.
Thomas totaled five goals and eight assists in a pair of wins for the Greyhounds.
TARYN VANTHOF, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., M, Livonia, N.Y.
VanThof had 24 draw controls in two games last week, and matched her own Patriot League single-game record with 15 in a 19-8 win over Boston University on Saturday.
AIMEE GENNARO, NAVY Sr., A, Havertown, Pa.
Gennaro had four goals and an assist in a 9-8 overtime win against Lehigh on Saturday.
LOREN GENERI, NAVY Jr., A, Bayport, N.Y.
Generi totaled four goals, an assist and 15 draw controls in a pair of wins for the Mids last week.
LAURA KLEIBER, LAFAYETTE Sr., M, Far Hills, N.J.
Kleiber had seven goals in a pair of games for the Leopards last week.
AMANDA CASE, LAFAYETTE Fr., M, Havertown, Pa.
Case had five goals in a 12-9 win over Bucknell on Wednesday.
SARAH BOWLES, COLGATE Fr., M, Cicero, N.Y.
Bowles had three goals in two games last week, including the winning tally in Colgate's 18-17 double overtime win over Lafayette on Saturday that clinched a League Tournament berth for the Raiders.