2014 All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards Announced

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Loyola put up a perfect record in its first season in Patriot League competition, and the No. 13/14 Greyhounds were rewarded for that success on Monday with four major awards and six selections on the 2014 Women's Lacrosse All-Patriot League Team.

[A listing of the awards can be found at the end of the post.]

Loyola saw three of its student-athletes honored with individual awards as junior attacker Annie Thomas was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, senior midfielder Marlee Paton claimed the Midfield Player of the Year award and sophomore defender Maddy Lesher took home the Defensive Player of the Year honor. Jen Adams was named Patriot League Coach of the Year for leading the Greyhounds to the perfect League mark and 12-4 record overall. The lone remaining major award was the Rookie of the Year honor which went to Lehigh freshman midfielder Allison LaBeau.

Loyola also led all schools with six All-Patriot League selections, five of which came on the first team. Lehigh followed in both overall selections with five and first-team honorees with three, while Boston University, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy each had four All-League players, Colgate totaled three and Bucknell notched two. Patriot League head coaches voted on the All-League teams and major awards, and could not vote for their own student-athletes or themselves.

Thomas has put up 33 goals and 33 assists on the season for the Greyhounds, ranking second in the Patriot League in the latter category. Her 66 points placed second among all players, and Thomas earned four Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week awards during the season. She was even more dominant in Patriot League play, leading the League with 44 points and 23 assists and ranking third with 21 goals in League action.

Paton excelled at both ends of the field in her senior season for the Greyhounds. She ranked third in the League with 62 points for the season, and fourth overall in both goals (39) and assists (23). She also placed second in the League with 31 caused turnovers, and her all-around stat line also included 33 draw controls and 32 ground balls. Like Thomas, Paton was even better in Patriot League play by tying for the League lead with 25 goals and placing second to her teammate with 16 assists and 41 points. Paton also finished in the top five in Patriot League play with 19 caused turnovers and 19 ground balls.

Lesher consistently matched up with the top offensive player throughout the year, and helped lead a Loyola defense that had an 8.00 goals against average for the season and lowered it to 6.13 in Patriot League games. She limited her personal match-ups to just four goals in Patriot League play, with no player scoring more than once against her. Lesher also played a key role in Loyola's transition game, and led all defenders on the team with 12 ground balls in League action. Adams directed Loyola to the perfect Patriot League record as well as wins over Virgina, Princeton, Towson and Georgetown as part of a challenging non-League schedule that included seven nationally-ranked opponents in Loyola's eight games. The Greyhounds led the Patriot League in numerous statistical categories for the season including goals, draw controls and fewest turnovers per game. Loyola became the 17th team to go undefeated in Patriot League play, but the first to win more than six games with the expanded League schedule.

Loyola becomes the first school to win four individual awards in women's lacrosse since American did it in 2008.

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