Aug. 14, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team enters its Patriot League era with high expectations and plenty of momentum after making the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons.
The Greyhounds have thrived under sixth-year Head Coach Jen Adams, who has a record of 64-31 in her first five seasons. Loyola won the BIG EAST in 2011 and 2012, and has added to its long line of success that includes 10 conference tournament titles and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Below, take a look at quick facts for Loyola Maryland women's lacrosse and five questions with Head Coach Jen Adams. For the Loyola women's lacrosse home page, go here
Loyola University Maryland Women's Lacrosse Quick Facts
*Overall record: 430-222-10
*First season: 1973
*All-time record vs. Patriot League opponents: 42-12 (7-1 vs. schools playing as Patriot League members)
*Conference Tournament titles: 1987, 1990 (South Atlantic Lacrosse Conference); 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 (CAA); 2011, 2012 (BIG EAST)
*NCAA Tournament appearances: 16 ('83, '84, '90, '94, '96, '97, '98, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '11, '12, '13)
*Head Coach: Jen Adams (6th season, 64-31)
*Home field: Ridley Athletic Complex (6,000)
Five Questions with Jen Adams
Q: Your top scorer, Marlee Paton, returns after a great season and experience at the Women's World Cup. What are your expectations for her this season?
A: I believe Marlee has the ability to be one of the top players in the nation this year. As she enters her senior year, she brings a matured sense of leadership and experience that will serve us well. Marlee is the kind of player who will do anything for the program and I know her preparation and playing standard will be a source of inspiration and example to her teammates.
Taryn VanThof also returns after an All-America season. What does she do for your team that is important for your success?
A: Taryn is a true midfielder with an unparalleled work ethic. She has such a great understanding of the game and ability to push herself out of her comfort zone when we need her most. Taryn does so much for us at both ends of the field and at the center draw. I believe that this year will be a break out year for Taryn in terms of production on the offensive end.
Q: You have been to three straight NCAA Tournaments and play a challenging national schedule. How have those experiences helped your team heading into this season?
A: I have always been of the opinion that a tough schedule breeds tough play. We have seen our team grow over the past couple of years as we have gone up against some of the best teams in the country. I think that we have not only developed physically, but most important mentally. Our players know what is takes to be successful and the work that goes into it. Sometimes that means experiencing a loss, sometimes it's a huge upset win. In both examples I believe we build identity and character for the Loyola program as a whole.
Q: Navy has won the past four Patriot League titles, and Boston University also has a strong program historically. What are your impressions of the competition level of the League?
A: We are excited for the opportunity to play a variety of new teams in the Patriot League. We have a great deal of respect for Navy and their Patriot League dominance over the past four years. The addition of teams like Boston University and Loyola will hopefully help continue to grow the Patriot League into a top conference in DI women's lacrosse.
Q: What are your team's goals for the first Patriot League season?
A: Our expectations in this first year of Patriot League play are really the same as they are for each season that has preceded this one. We want to play consistent, Loyola brand lacrosse every time we step foot on the field. Our goal is to make the transition between conferences seamless and enjoy the opportunity to be affiliated with so many other great programs and schools, in all aspects.