Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland Athletics
4501 N. Charles St - Ridley Athletic Complex Balitimore, MD 21210
Division 1 Maryland Northeast
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Jen Adams

Innovative. Difference-Maker. Creative. Stellar. Spectacular: All words used to describe Jen Adams throughout her illustrious playing career on the collegiate and international levels.

Those same adjectives hold true for her coaching and leadership styles as she enters her 10th season at the helm of the Loyola women's lacrosse program in 2018.

At Loyola

Since coming to Loyola, Jen Adams has directed a resurgence of the program back to national prominence. Inheriting a squad that posted a 6-10 record in 2008, Adams turned that into an 11-6 mark in 2009 and an 11-7 record in 2010. Her 2011 squad won its first of two-straight BIG EAST Championships, returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and tied a school record for wins in a season, posting a 17-3 record. Her 2015 squad tied that record with a 17-5 mark and won a second-straight Patriot League title, while the 2016 team gave Adams five conference championships in six years, winning a third-consecutive Patriot League Championship.

Entering the 2018 season, Adams has a career record of 121-56 in nine years. The three-time IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year led Loyola to six-consecutive NCAA Championships appearances from 2010-16, where she was one of just six coaches in the nation to have led their program to a win in the NCAA Tournament each of those first five years.

In conference play, Adams’ squads have dominated. In the last six seasons, her teams have posted an overall record of 48-2 in regular-season conference contests and have claimed five league titles – back-to-back BIG EAST Championships (2011, 2012) and three-straight Patriot League titles (2014, 2015, 2016). The BIG EAST title in 2011 was the first for the program, while 2014 win was the school’s first-ever Patriot League Championship, a League it joined for the 2013-14 school year.

Nationally, seven of Adams’ squads have began the season ranked in the top-15 of the IWLCA Preseason Coaches Poll, while Loyola's stretch of four-straight years ranked in the preseason top-10 made the Greyhounds one of just seven programs in the NCAA to be ranked among the nation’s top-10 teams from 2012-15. She’s also brought 17 All-America honors to the Greyhound, including churning out nine All-Americans and producing three of the program’s eight three-time All-Americans: Marlee Paton ’14, Taryn VanThof ’15 and Maddy Lesher '16.

As a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Adams picked up co-BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and led the Greyhounds to back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament titles, a 27-12 record in conference games and a 4-2 mark in tournament action. Four times in her five years with the conference, she guided a Greyhound to a major conference award, with Grace Gavin being tabbed the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2011, and Marlee Paton and Kellye Gallagher picking up midfielder and defender of the year honors, respectively, in 2012. Paton and Gallagher also became the program’s first pair of first-team All-Americans since 2003 that year.

Adams didn’t miss a beat in transitioning to the Patriot League in 2014. Tabbed as the League’s preseason favorite each of her first four years, Adams guided the Greyhounds to an unblemished 34-0 record in regular-season play, a regular-season championship each of those years and three-straight tournament titles, as well. She has been named the League’s Coach of the Year three times (2014, 2016, 2017) and brought eight major awards to the Greyhounds, including three-straight Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year accolades to Maddy Lesher.

Under her tutelage, Adams has coached eight All-Americans, with five being repeat honorees, and one Tewaaraton Award finalist. She’s collected 17 All-America, 42 All-Mid-Atlantic Region and 52 all-conference honors for her players, while 12 major conference awards have gone to Loyola throughout Adams’ tenure.

Before Loyola

Prior to coming to Loyola, Adams served as the associate head coach under Cathy Reese at the University of Maryland during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. She was also an assistant to Reese at the University of Denver from 2004-06.

At Maryland, Adams rejuvenated the Terrapins offense to play in her up-tempo attacking style. In her first season as associate head coach, Maryland scored 287 goals, the most it had recorded in a season since 2001, Adams' senior year.

In 2008, Adams helped Maryland ascend to a No. 2 rank nationally. The Terrapins finished with an 18-3 record and were ranked sixth in the NCAA in goals scored and second in total points.

Coaching Internationally

Adams took a break from the college game during the summer of 2012 and 2015 and assisted her sister, Trish, at the Under-19 World Championships. The Adams duo led the U-19 Australian National Team to a silver medal in 2012 and to the semifinals in 2015. She will serve as the Australian's U-19 Co-Head Coach with former Greyhound Stacey (Morlang) Sullivan for the 2018 World Championships.

As a Player

Adams is regarded as the finest female lacrosse player of all time. Putting together arguably the greatest collegiate women's lacrosse career in the sport's history, Adams led Maryland to four-straight national titles from 1998-2001, including a 21-0 record in 1999 and a 23-0 mark in 2001.

Adams put together arguably the best collegiate lacrosse career of any player in the collegiate ranks during her tenure at Maryland from 1998 -2001. She racked up honors like she scored goals and recorded assists and was named to the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse 25th Anniversary Team in April 2007.

The Brighton, South Australia native, was named the three-time national player of the year and was the first recipient of the Tewaaraton Trophy in 2001.

Adams set every scoring record for the Terrapins - season and career - helping them win national titles in each of the four seasons she spent in College Park. She finished her storied career with 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points. Her marks for total points stands today as an NCAA record, and her goals total is still a record at Maryland.

In addition to her career marks, Adams had single-season performances that also rank amongst the best in Maryland and NCAA history. During her Tewaaraton-winning senior season, Adams led the nation with 88 goals, 60 assists and 148 total points, setting school single-season marks in the process. Those season totals only added her name one rung higher, as she had set school records with 81 goals, 55 assists and 136 total points the previous season.

Adams' efforts were not limited just to the lacrosse field. In addition to her three All-America honors as a player, Adams earned the 2000 and 2001 Honda/Broderick Award for women's lacrosse excellence in the classroom and on the field. She also garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors as a senior.

She was also named the National Attacker of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and earned Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year laurels in 2000 and 2001.

Playing Internationally

On an international level, Adams has been a member of the Australian National Team since winning the U-19 World Championships in 1995. She went on to represent Australia at the senior level, including captaining them to a 14-7 defeat of the United States in the gold medal game of the 2005 World Cup. She scored four goals, and assisted on three others, in the gold medal game and earned All-World honors after leading all players with 26 assists and 47 total points.

Adams was also a member of the Australian National Team that took home the silver medal the 2009 Women's World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic. Adams recorded a team-high 15 goals and led the tournament with 26 assists and 41 total points in the World Cup and recorded a goal and a pair of assists against the United States in the gold medal game. In 2013, Adams tore her ACL during training camp prior to the games, but still captained the Aussies to a silver medal in Oshawa, Canada.

In addition to her continued participation with the Australian National Team, Adams has been a highly sought clinician around the world and is the primary spokeswoman for STX Women's Lacrosse.

Adams graduated from Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor of arts degree in sports marketing

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Dana Dobbie

Dana Dobbie came to Loyola with head coach Jen Adams in 2009 and will enter her eighth season as an assistant coach in 2016. A two-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, Dobbie concluded her playing career as the NCAA's all-time leader in draw controls in 2008.

Since graduating, Dobbie has translated her passion for the sport as a player into her coaching style. Mentoring Loyola's midfielders, Dobbie has helped Adams incorporate a style of play that places the Greyhounds among the nation's best. In each of the last four years, Dobbie has helped the Greyhounds lead the nation in caused turnovers and/or caused turnovers per game. Loyola is also the only program in the NCAA to have at least 200 caused turnovers in each of the last four seasons.

In 2012, she turned Joanna Dalton into one of the top players on the draw control in the BIG EAST. Not taking the draws before the season, Dalton stepped in and under Dobbie's guidance, finished the season ranked fourth in the league, winning 3.29 per game.

Dobbie also turned Taryn VanThof into one of the top midfielders in the NCAA. VanThof, the program's seventh three-time IWLCA All-American, concluded her career with Loyola's single game (15), season (122) and career (318) records for draw controls.

Dobbie completed her collegiate playing career in 2008 as one of the top midfielders in NCAA history. At the University of Maryland, where she played for Adams, Dobbie was a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year and the 2008 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Midfielder of the Year.

"It is great to be at Loyola, and I am looking forward to my first coaching job," Dobbie said when she was hired. "It was a privilege to play for Jen while I was at Maryland, and I am even more excited to work with her on this coaching staff."

A two-time Tewaaraton Trophy finalist in 2007 and 2008, Dobbie set the NCAA career record for draw controls (334) during her final collegiate season. As a senior, she led Division I, and set an NCAA single-season record with 126 draw controls.

She was an unanimous All-America First Team selection and was a three-time ACC Player of the Week in 2008, leading the conference with 70 goals, the sixth-highest total in Maryland history. She also topped the Terrapins, who advanced to the NCAA Championships Second Round, with 32 caused turnovers and was third on the team with 33 ground balls.

As a junior in 2007, the Guelph, Ontario, Canada, native was also an unanimous First Team All-American. She led Maryland with 79 draw controls and 39 ground balls and was second on the team with 53 goals and 69 points.

Dobbie spent her first two seasons of collegiate competition at Ohio University, scoring 34 goals as a freshman in 2005 and 37 in 2006. She was a two-time All-ALC honoree for the Bobcats and earned WomensLacrosse.com Freshman All-America Team laurels.

Dobbie, still playing for the Canadian National Team, competed on the bronze medal winning squad at the 2009 World Cup before leading the Canadians to a silver medal on their home turf, in Oshawa, at the 2013 games. Dobbie was named to the All-World Team after both World Cups. She was also captain of the 2003 Canadian Junior U-19 team, leading the squad in goals scored, and was a member of the 2003 World Championship team that won a bronze medal.

She graduated in May 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in family science from Maryland.

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Caroline Hager

Former Greyhound Caroline Hager joined the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach after graduation and was promoted to an assistant for the 2012 season. A 2011 graduate of Loyola, Hager is entering her fifth season on the sidelines. "Caroline is a nice addition to our staff because of her familiarity with the program," Adams said when promoting Hager. "She understands what it means to be a student-athlete here at Loyola and she made valuable contributions to the program as a player. We look forward to keeping her involved with Loyola lacrosse." A member of a storied 2011 graduating class that is known for bringing national recognition back to Loyola, Hager started every game her last two seasons and wrapped up her career with 59 goals, 34 assists, 69 points and 35 ground balls. The lefty tallied multiple goals on seven occasions and dished out a career-high four assists in a win at Louisville in 2010. As a junior, the Berwyn, Pennsylvania, native had a breakout season for the Greyhounds, recording career-highs in every statistical category to help Loyola to its first BIG EAST Tournament appearance. She started all 18 games, recording 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points. Her 30 points ranked tied for fourth on the team that year, while her 14 assists were third. Hager continued that success as a senior, helping Loyola win its first BIG EAST Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004. Hager led the team in goals twice and assists six times. She finished the year with 15 goals, 14 assists and 29 points, ranking second on the team in assists and sixth in points.

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