Loyola women's lacrosse coach Jen Adams has been chosen as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the second time, as announced today by the organization.
This spring, Adams turned what could have been a rebuilding year for Loyola into one of the most successful seasons ever for the Greyhounds. Despite losing 73 percent of its scoring from 2011, Loyola won its second straight Big East Conference title – knocking off then-No. 6 Notre Dame and then-No. 2 Syracuse in the conference tournament – and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
The 13-7 win over Syracuse in the Big East title game marked the highest-ranked opponent the Greyhounds have defeated under Adams. She picked up her 50th career win in the regular-season finale at Connecticut.
In addition, Adams led Loyola to a school record 7-1 mark in Big East play, with the Greyhounds' only loss being a 13-12 decision at Syracuse.
Under Adams' guidance, Kellye Gallagher became the first-ever Greyhound to be named Big East Defender of the Year, while Marlee Paton claimed the conference's Midfielder of the Year award. Seven Greyhounds earned All-Big East honors, including a school-record six first-team honorees (three of whom were freshmen). Gallagher and Paton also went on to become Loyola's first pair of first-team IWLCA All-Americans since 2003.
Loyola will scrimmage defending NCAA champion Northwestern on Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex at 2:30 p.m.
NOTES: Stevenson will host the second annual Meghan Puls Lacrosse Classic at 10 a.m. October 21 at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills. This year's tournament features five teams: Stevenson, Goucher, Virginia Wesleyan, Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown. Admission is free; a donation of $5 at the gate is suggested. All donations and proceeds will benefit the Meghan C. Puls Foundation Inc., which helps families and children through supporting organizations in the areas of health services and research, youth recreation and education. ... Syracuse coach Gary Gait, a former Maryland assistant coach, was named Division I Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Gait, who earned the award for the second time in his career, led the Orange to its first appearance in the national championship game last season.