Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinals Preview



April 24, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After going undefeated in its first Patriot League season, Loyola University Maryland has the top seed in the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship this week at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will face No. 4 seed Holy Cross Thursday at 5 p.m., with No. 2 seed Navy facing No. 3 Boston University at 7:30 p.m. The winners face off in the Patriot League Championship Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Patriot League Notebook

Mids Go For Fifth Straight Patriot League Title
Navy is the only team in Patriot League history to win four straight League Tournaments, and it can become the first team to win the League title in five straight seasons if it claims the crown in 2014. Lafayette (1995-98) also won four in a row before the League Tournament was created in 2001.

Holy Cross Aims for Another Title
Holy Cross won its two titles consecutively in 2006 and 2007, but the Crusaders have knocked on the door in recent seasons. Holy Cross won its semifinal contest in each of the last two years before falling to Navy in the Championship.

New Blood
Loyola and Boston University each made the Patriot League Tournament in their inaugural seasons in the League. The Greyhounds became the 17th team to post an undefeated record in League action, and were the first to do so by winning more than six games with the expanded League slate.

It's Good to Be No. 1
The No. 1 seed has made it to the championship in each of the previous 13 Patriot League Tournaments, and has won the title 10 times. Navy does have experience winning on the road, however, as the Mids won the title as the No. 2 seed in 2010 and No. 3 in 2011. Colgate won as the No. 2 in 2008.

2014 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament

Semifinals - Thursday - Ridley Athletic Complex, Baltimore, Md.

No. 4 Holy Cross Crusaders (7-11, 4-4 PL) at No. 1 Loyola Greyhounds (12-4, 8-0 PL), 5 p.m.
2014: Loyola, 19-5 (3.29.14) Tournament History: First Meeting

No. 12/13 Loyola welcomes Holy Cross in the first semifinal of the Patriot League Tournament on Thursday...The Greyhounds were the 17th team in Patriot League history to go undefeated, and the first to do so by winning more than six games with the expanded League schedule...The No. 1 seed has won 10 of the 13 Patriot League Tournaments, and advanced to the championship every year...Holy Cross made it to the semifinals with a 10-8 quarterfinal win against Colgate on Tuesday...The Crusaders have won Patriot League Tournament games in three straight seasons, and are trying to get back to the League title game for the third year in a row...Holy Cross is making its eighth Patriot League Tournament appearance, and has a 9-5 record all-time.

Holy Cross The Crusaders advanced to the semifinals with a 10-8 win over Colgate at home in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday...Holy Cross went up 8-3, then scored two goals after the Raiders closed to within 8-7...Sara Hennessey was both a first-team All-Patriot League and Academic All-Patriot League selection, while Kate Martino, Sophia Agostinelli and Laura Ryan all earned second-team All-League honors.

Loyola The Greyhounds had a memorable first season in the Patriot League by finishing with an 8-0 record, and enter the League Tournament on a 10-game overall winning streak...Loyola bumped up to No. 12/13 in the national rankings this week and earned numerous Patriot League awards...Annie Thomas, Marlee Paton, Maddy Lesher and Head Coach Jen Adams all won individual Patriot League awards, while the Greyhounds led all teams with six overall All-Patriot League picks and five on the first team...Loyola is trying to become the third straight and 11th overall No. 1 seed to win the Patriot League Tournament.

No. 3 Boston Univ. Terriers (8-9, 5-3 PL) vs. No. 2 Navy Midshipmen (14-2, 6-2 PL), 7:30 p.m.
2014: Boston U 9, Navy 8 (3.22.14) Tournament History: First Meeting

Four-time defending champion Navy begins its quest for history against Boston University on Thursday...No team has won five consecutive Patriot League titles, with only Navy and Lafayette (1995-98) claiming four straight...The Mids have won eight straight Tournament games and have a 9-2 mark all-time in the event, trailing only Colgate (10) for the most League Tournament wins...Boston University snapped Navy's 15-game Patriot League win streak with a 9-8 victory in Annapolis on March 22.

Boston University The Terriers won their debut in the Patriot League Tournament with a 14-9 victory in the quarterfinals against Lehigh on Tuesday...Jill Horka scored five goals in the win after being named a first-team All-Patriot League selection along with Christie Hart on Monday...Lindsay Weiner and Becca Church each made the second team.

Navy The Mids begin their quest for a fifth straight Patriot League title on Thursday against BU...Navy has won its Patriot League Tournament semifinal in each of the last five years, also claiming a victory in 2009 before the run of four straight League titles...Navy won the 2/3 matchup in three straight seasons from 2009-11...The Mids had four All-Patriot League selections on Monday, including junior Loren Generi on the first team...The second-team picks were Aimee Gennaro, Jill Coughlin and Lizzy Rullan.