May 29, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland completed a memorable debut season in Patriot League women's lacrosse with a top-10 national ranking as the Greyhounds earned the No. 9 spot in the final polls from both the coaches and media.
The Greyhounds captured the No. 9 ranking from both the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) and the Brine Media Poll. It is the second straight year a Patriot League team finished the season in both rankings after Navy came in at No. 12/15 last season.
Loyola finished the season with a 15-6 record overall, and rolled through the Patriot League with an 8-0 regular season before winning the League Tournament at home with an 18-7 victory in the title game against Boston University on April 26. The Greyhounds became the second Patriot League team to win an NCAA game when they beat Massachusetts 10-4 in the first round on May 9 before bowing out 8-3 to host Boston College in the second round two days later.
Loyola's Marlee Paton, Maddy Lesher and Annie Thomas each earned individual Patriot League honors as well as All-America status along with Taryn VanThof. The four players each earned first-team All-Patriot League honors along with Hannah Schmitt, while Katherine Reinhard was a second-team All-Patriot League pick. Jen Adams was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for the Greyhounds.
Maryland defeated Syracuse 15-12 in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday in Towson, Md. The Terrapins earned the No. 1 spot while the Orange were No. 2 in both national polls. Northwestern, Virginia and North Carolina filled out the top five in the IWLCA poll, while it was Northwestern, Florida and North Carolina earning spots three through five from Brine.