Winning her 100th game as the Loyola Maryland coach caught Jen Adams off guard.
"I didn't realize something like that was on the horizon. I was very shocked," Adams said of the milestone that came with Saturday's 8-2 win over Navy. "It's really cool."
Adams can hardly believe this is her eighth year at Loyola already. She's led the Greyhounds to two Big East championships, the past two Patriot League championships and five straight NCAA tournament appearances.
"I'm so fortunate to be at Loyola surrounded by such incredible student athletes, obviously my coaching staff I consider to be one of the best in the game and to have the administration and the school support at Loyola, it makes winning easy and it makes the job fun," said Adams.
More important than the milestone, however, was the win over Navy, which keeps the Greyhounds perfect against Patriot League competition since they joined the conference three years ago.
The team (5-4) is riding a four-game winning streak after opening against some of the toughest competition in the country. They lost their first two games to No. 2 Florida and No. 6 Syracuse before pulling off a 7-6 overtime win at No. 18 Johns Hopkins.
Their 7-6 win over Virginia on March 8 started the four-win run. Last season, Loyola's 13-12 overtime win at No. 16 Virginia set off a 16-game win streak the Greyhounds rode to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Adams said it's not really about the Cavaliers, which were ranked No. 9 when Loyola beat them — just the timing of the game. With a young attack, it took a while to learn each other's strengths and develop their style and chemistry. Adams saw tremendous growth between the 9-5 loss to No. 20 Towson on Feb. 28 and the 12-9 win at Georgetown on Tuesday.
"We came off a Towson loss where we struggled against a zone and basically everything went out the window," she said. "We showed a lot of nerves and undisciplined play and we turned that around not even a month later against a Georgetown zone, very good defense, very athletic. We were very precise and showed discipline with the ball, so we have that sense of growing and learning."
The Greyhounds head to Boston University on Saturday for a rematch of last year's Patriot League semifinal, won by Loyola, 14-7.
Freshman Carter having a big impact at Penn State:Madison Carter didn't get to play a lot of lacrosse for South River last spring.
Sidelined with a fractured pelvis from February to late April, she didn't play a full game until May 8 when she scored five goals to help the Seahawks win their sectional semifinal game, 9-7, over Broadneck.
This spring as a freshman, Carter stepped seamlessly into Penn State's loaded attack and had been a major contributor to the No. 9 Nittany Lions' 7-2 season.
Penn State coach Missy Doherty wasn't at all surprised to see Carter among the Lions' top scorers.
"She just plays really mature. You don't know she's a freshman out there," Doherty said. "Most freshmen have to adjust to the pressure of the faster college game but she's handled that pressure really well. We're always encouraging all of our attackers to assert themselves. We generally don't gear our offense around one or two people and she's done a great job scoring on her opportunities."
Carter is third on the team in goals with 23 and points with 24 and hits 72 percent of her shots. She's also a force on the draw, controlling 27 — second on the team.
"On the draw, she's done a great job of combining with Jenna Mosketti (Fallston)," Doherty said. "They've done a great job coming up with possessions which, obviously, is so key. And we lost Maggie McCormick (Liberty), our assist leader last year and two scoring middies, so to have her come in and be ready to score some goals for us was really important to figuring out our offense this year."
Bryn Mawr grad DeGarmo added to Tewaaraton Watch List: Princeton goalie Ellie DeGarmo, a Bryn Mawr graduate, was one of two players added to the women's Tewaaraton Watch List last week. The junior has a .500 save rate.
Further additions could be made on April 7 before the list is cut to 25 on April 28.and five on May 5. The winner will announced June 2.
The list announced Feb. 23 includes Maryland's two-time Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) and her teammates Alice Mercer (Century), Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge) and Megan Whittle (McDonogh) as well as Loyola's Maddy Lesher and Johns Hopkins' Dene' DiMartino and Haley Schweizer. It includes several other locals — Princeton's Liz Bannantine (McDonogh), Syracuse's Erica Bodt (John Carroll), Penn State's Mosketti (Fallston) and Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright) and Virginia's Rachel Vander Kolk (Severna Park).
Quick hits: Notre Dame leads Division I with 15.7 caused turnovers per game…Maryland allowed an average of 6.7 goals in beating the three teams ranked No. 2 at some point this season — North Carolina, Syracuse and Florida…Towson is fifth in Division I scoring defense, giving up 6.38 goals…Maryland has won 73 of its last 76 games.