Women's Lacrosse Opens 2008 Campaign With Two Games in North Carolina

Feb. 12, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola opens its 36th season of women's lacrosse on Friday, February 15, 2008, when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face North Carolina at 7 p.m. The Greyhounds will make it a full weekend in the Tar Heel State when it travels to west to face Davidson on Sunday, February 17, 2008, at 1 p.m.

Series History: Friday's game will be the 13th all-time meeting between Loyola and North Carolina. The Tar Heels' 13-7 victory on March 2, 2007, in Baltimore gave them a 7-5 lead in the series. The Greyhounds have split six meetings with the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. Loyola and Davidsion will meet for the first time on Sunday.

High Expectations: Loyola senior defender Kristen Stone was named the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's coaches. Stone finished last season with a team-leading 37 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. She was fourth in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers and fifth in caused turnovers. Stone, who earned IWLCA Regional All-America honors following last season, was also a unanimous choice to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team.

Captains Choices: Stone was also one of three Loyola players chosen as a team captain this season. She will serve in that role for the second year in a row, while senior midfielder Kate Filippelli and junior attacker Colleen O'Keefe will be captains for the first time in 2008.

Something Old, Something New: The Greyhounds will use a mix of returning veterans and new faces this season, as 20 players with experience return to the Greyhounds lineup. Nine freshman are also on the roster and will see playing time this season.

Big Shoes To Fill: One of the first orders of business for Loyola is to replace the scoring hole left by Kate McHarg who finished her eligibility last season. McHarg, who is now an undergraduate student assistant coach for Loyola while finishing her degree, completed her Loyola career with 158 goals and 20 assists. She is fifth all-time at the College in goals scored.

Scoring Strength: Even with the return of McHarg, Loyola still returns five players who scored 10 or more points last season. Colleen O'Keefe scored 19 goals and had 12 assists for 31 points, and Maura Kenny added 20 and 5. Kate Filippelli recorded 15 and four, while Alicyn Brunnett had 11 and five. Emily Gibson scored seven and six.