Graduating Greyhounds 2015: Taryn VanThof

Record-setting senior leads Greyhounds women's lacrosse to Patriot League Championship, fifth straight NCAA bid

By Brigid Hamilton, '06  |  Photos courtesy of Loyola Athletics

When Taryn VanThof, 15, graduates this month, she’ll have more than a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Loyola to be proud of…

She is leaving Loyola in possession of career, season, and single-game draw control records.

In her years playing lacrosse for the Greyhounds, the senior from Livonia, N.Y., has secured a place on the Patriot League’s Academic Honor Roll, All-Tournament and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams, and Preseason League.

VanThof is a two-time IWLCA All-American, three-time all-conference honoree.

But if you ask her what her her biggest accomplishment is, she’ll tell you it’s her selection to the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team.

VanThof was just one of 13 midfielders to be selected to play on the prestigious 38-member U.S. Women’s Lacrosse National Team, which will compete in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England, this summer.

As the first Loyola player to make the national team in seven years, VanThof described playing on the national team as nerve-racking at first—but now she’s having fun and enjoys the chance to play with collegiate athletes who, for the last four years, have been considered great rivals.

The two-time captain of the women’s lacrosse team admitted things would have been very different if, as a high school lacrosse player, she hadn’t taken the advice of a friend.

“I had looked at several schools before I looked at Loyola, and I wasn’t planning on visiting. But I was in Maryland for a tournament and decided to look at the campus after a family friend encouraged me to consider Loyola,” she said.

“I fell in love with the campus and then I started talking to Jen (Adams, head coach of the women’s lacrosse team), and I knew I was going to end up here.”

Hindsight is 20/20

“Loyola is really what got me on the U.S. team. Practicing every day with the Hounds translated to me getting to the next level of lacrosse,” VanThof said.

She also credits her success to her relationship with Adams.

“We have a great relationship—as friends, as coach and player. Jen has made my experience playing lacrosse at Loyola, at Loyola in general, an amazing one, and I know we will have a continuous relationship after I graduate,” she said.

Following graduation and the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women’s World Cup this summer, VanThof hopes to coach Division I lacrosse, and she plans on applying every ounce of her experiences at Loyola to her future endeavors.

“I plan on using everything I got here; everything I’ve learned from Jen, from my team, and the U.S. Team—it’s all going with me.”

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