Nine Great Greyhounds Moments For 2009


Men's Swimming & Diving Takes MAAC Crown
The Loyola men's swimming and diving team won eight individual or relay titles as the Greyhounds captured their first MAAC Championship since 1995. In the process, Loyola broke seven MAAC Championships records and one pool record, topping the previous best in the 800 freestyle relay set by a Michael Phelps-led team.

  Hounds Handle Hoyas
In the span of five days, the Loyola men's and women's lacrosse teams both dispatched ranked Georgetown teams. Six players scored two or more goals for the Loyola women as they beat the 6th-ranked Hoyas for the first win over a team ranked in the top 10 since 2004. Cara Filippelli scored three, and Meg Steffe made a career-high 16 saves in goal. On the men's side, Cooper MacDonnell scored four of his career-high five goals during a 6-1 Loyola run, and the Greyhounds held off a late charge by No. 18 Georgetown. Leading by one, Loyola goalkeeper Jake Hagelin made two saves in the final 20 seconds to secure the victory.
Women's Rowing Strokes Way To MAAC Championship
The Loyola women's rowing team won five races and finished second in another on Mercer Lake to win the 2009 MAAC Championship. The Greyhounds took first in the Pair, Novice 4, Lightweight 4, Junior Varsity 4 and Varsity 4 races and were second in the Novice 8. The title was Loyola's third after winning the crown in 2004 and 2005.
Mulieri Mulieri, Men's Golf Win Second-Straight MAAC Title
Mike Mulieri capped his spectacular collegiate career with his second-consecutive MAAC individual crown. The senior also led the Greyhounds to their second championship in as many years, fifth in the past seven seasons. Mulieri's younger brother, Jay, was tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Year.
Mitchell First Loyola Field Athlete To Advance To NCAA Regionals
Melanie Mitchell became the first Loyola student-athlete qualify for a field event at the NCAA Regionals when she won the javelin title at the 2009 MAAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her toss of 124'11.25" not only won the MAAC title, but it qualified her for the NCAA East Regional where she competed to close her decorated career.
 Nina Volleyball Topples Terrapins
Nina Camaioni put away 17 kills, while Katie Dircks and Karlee Woodward each had 14, and the Greyhounds' volleyball team upset Maryland on September 5. Loyola rallied from 10-5 in the first set to capture the frame, and after the Terrapins won the second set, the Greyhounds won the third and fourth to take the match.

Two Disney-like Scripts Propel Soccer Teams To NCAA College Cups
Loyola's men's and women's soccer teams put together scenarios worthy of Disney movies over the course of two weeks in November when they each staged dramatic victories to win their respective MAAC titles and advance to the NCAA College Cups. First, the women used a penalty-kick victory in the Quarterfinals to defeat Manhattan, and they came back from an early deficit to defeat Canisius in the Semifinals. The Greyhounds then rallied from a 2-0 second-half deficit to beat Niagara, 3-2, scoring three goals in under six minutes, capped by the game-winner by freshman Tessa McClenahan.

Two weeks later, the Loyola men appeared headed for penalty kicks with Niagara with the score knotted at 0-0 late in the second overtime period. Freshman Matt Tyrie, broke free from the Purple Eagles' defense at the top of the box, played a long touch to himself and blasted a shot into the upper right corner of the net with 23 seconds left. The golden goal sent Loyola to its school Division I-record third consecutive College Cup.
 Kaitlin Grant's Thefts Lead Women's Basketball To Comeback Win At The Mount
After shooting 18.5 percent in the first half and trailing by 18 points at Mount St. Mary's, women `s basketball head coach Joe Logan was looking for answers. He found them over the next 20 minutes as the same group held The Mount to six second-half field goals while shooting 50 percent themselves. Kaitlin Grant was the hero, recording a school record 12 steals, the last one coming with a minute remaining when she stole the ball and raced the length of the court for a layup which brought the Greyhounds all the way back and gave them a one-point lead. Meredith Tolley's free throws pushed Loyola's advantage to three and Mallory Lawes added one more steal to the Greyhounds' side to prevent a last-second shot by Mount St. Mary's.
 Brett's 3 Harvey Carries Greyhounds To Upset At Indiana
The men's basketball team could do no wrong in the first 20 minutes of Loyola's first-ever appearance at Indiana's Assembly Hall, building a 24-point lead. With just under four minutes to play, all of that lead had evaporated and then some as the Hoosiers had worked their way into a 65-62 advantage. But Brett Harvey refused to lose. After making one of two free throws, he stole the inbounds pass and converted a layup. The Hoosiers regained the lead, but Harvey made his second four-point play of the half with 1:50 left to put the Greyhounds ahead to stay and later iced the game with two free throws with 17 ticks remaining. Over the final four minutes, Harvey scored nine of his game-high 25 as Loyola finished the game on a 10-2 run and the Greyhounds pulled a 72-67 upset over the five-time National Champion Hoosiers for the biggest regular season win in the 100-year history of the program.