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Loyola and Navy load up on All-League honors

Jen Adams was named the Patriot League’s Coach of the Year for a third time in four years.

After another undefeated Patriot League campaign, it should come as no surprise that the Loyola Greyhounds women’s lacrosse team loaded up on All-Patriot League honors in 2017. A league-best seven Greyhounds were put on all-league teams while head coach Jen Adams was named Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four years.

Navy was also well represented on the postseason awards list with five players earning All-League honors with two getting individual awards. Jenna Collins was named the Patriot League’s Midfielder of the Year and Kelly Larkin was named the Rookie of the Year.

Loyola led the Patriot League with five players getting first team honors with attackers Cami Whiteford and Hannah Powers, midfielder Taylor VanThof and defenders Bailey Mathis and Kristen Yanchoris getting selected to the top team.

Jenna Collins was named the Patriot League’s Midfielder of the Year for a second straight season.

Whiteford finished fourth in the Patriot League with 50 goals on the year. To go with 13 assists for 63 points. She was Loyola’s top free position goal scorers and went 16-for-28 on those shots. Whiteford shot a team-best 54.3-percent and had 13 ground balls and five caused turnovers this year.

Powers led Loyola with 66 overall points on 40 goals and a team-best 26 assists. She also contributed 26 draw control wins with 17 ground balls this year.

But VanThof was the biggest threat in the Patriot League in the center of the field. She set Loyola and Patriot League records with 146 draw control victories. That total is 61 more than Navy’s Julia Collins, who ranked second in the Patriot League from the center circle. She also scored 17 goals and had six assists with 13 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

Greyhound defenders Bailey Mathis and Kristen Yanchoris the Hounds defense. Yanchoris led Loyola with 32 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers. Mathis was tied for second on the team with 23 ground balls to go with 11 caused turnovers.

Navy midfielder Jenna Collins was named as the team’s top midfielder for a second straight year. She ranked third in the conference with 55 goals, scoring 3.24 per game. She also had 25 assists and 80 points on the year. Collins scooped up 30 ground balls and caused 15 turnovers this season.

After scoring 45 goals, attacker Morgan Young was also a first-team selection. She had 18 assists, 12 ground balls and eight caused turnovers this year. Defender Blake Smith started all 17 games and caused 28 turnovers and had 30 ground balls.

Navy freshman attacker Kelly Larkin was named the Rookie of the Year after finishing second on the Mids with 76 points. She led the team with 38 assists to go with her 38 goals in the game. Larkin also had 23 ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Her midfield teammate Andi O’Sullivan joined her on the All-Patriot League Second Team. O’Sullivan missed two games but still finished with 28 goals and nine assists. She also had 13 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Loyola midfielder Katrina Geiger and goalkeeper Kady Glynn were both second team selections. Geiger was fourth on Loyola with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists but had 21 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Glynn had a marvelous season when conference play came around. She led the Patriot League with a 54.8-percent save percentage in league games, making 80 saves. Her 10 saves per game in Patriot League action ranked second in the league.

The Patriot League Championships will begin on Tuesday, May 2, but both Loyola and Navy earned first round byes into the semifinals as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, respectively. The semifinals will be played at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday, May 5. The championship game will also be at Loyola on Sunday, May 7 at noon.

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