#14 Women's Lacrosse Opens Season In Happy Valley At #18 Penn State Sunday

Feb. 12, 2010

Penn State Notes

BALTIMORE - #14 Loyola at #18 Penn State
February, 14, 2010|1:00 p.m.
at Holuba Hall

Today's Matchup
• #14 Loyola travels to Happy Valley for it's 2010 regular-season opener when it takes on #18 Penn State in a Valentine's Day matchup at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14. The Nittany Lions were 9-8 last season and advanced to the ALC Championship Game (L, Northwestern).
• Kicking off their 38th year in program history, the Greyhounds are 26-10-1 all-time in season openers.
• This is the earliest that Loyola has ever played a regular season women's lacrosse game. In 2008, the Greyhounds opened the season on February 15, and fell, 13-9 at #4 North Carolina.
• Loyola is 7-5 all-time in the month of February.

Loyola-Penn St. Connections

`Hounds with Pennsylvania Ties:
• Midfielder Cara Filippelli attended Archbishop Carroll in Devon, Pa.
• Defender Kellye Gallagher was enrolled at Ridley High School in Ridley, Pa.
• Attacker Caroline Hager graduated from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa.

Nittany Lions with Baltimore Ties
• Nearly half of the Penn State roster is from the Baltimore area with 14 players hailing from the Charm City region.
• Penn State head coach Suzanne Isidor also is originally from Annapolis, Md.

Hometown/High School Ties

• Loyola Mid./Att. Grace Gavin and Penn State midfielder Maggie Dunbar were teammates at the St. Paul's School for Girls all four seasons
• Greyhounds defender Kaitlyn Fuller, defender Tara Gardner, and midfielder Kathleen Barranco all played with Nittany Lions midfielder Theresa Zichelli at Severna Park High School
• Loyola midfielder Emily Gibson and defender Johanna Gibson were teammates of Penn State midfielder Laura Lesnick at North Harford High School
• `Hounds attacker Kelly Quinlan was a teammate of Nittany Lions attacker Mary LeNoir at Maryvale Prep
• Loyola midfielder Virginia Weber and Penn State midfielder Bridget Callahan were classmates at Moorestown High School.
• Penn State assistant Tara Hohenshelt and Loyola defender Kellye Gallagher both attended Ridley High School.

Family Ties

• Penn State midfielder Maria Valderas's father, Mark and older sister, Jackie, both played
basketball at Loyola.

World Cup/Coaching Ties
• Loyola head coach Jen Adams and midfielder Cass Cursaro played for the Australian National Team under head coach Sue Sofarnos in the 2009 FIL Women's World Cup... Sue is the mother of Penn State attacker Hayley Sofarnos
• Penn State assistant Hannah Nielsen played with Adams and Cursaro on the Aussie National Team in the World Cup
• Sofarnos played with Cursaro on the Australian U-19 Team
• Loyola assistants Dana Dobbie and Kylee White played with Nittany Lions defender Katie Guy on Team Canada in the 2009 World Cup
• White coached Guy on the Canadian U-19 squad.

In The National Mix
• Loyola was ranked 14th in both the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Preseason Poll.
• The Greyhounds were picked 15th by Lacrosse Magazine in mid-January.
Series History
• Loyola can even the all-time series with Penn State at 12 with a victory today. The Nittany Lions have won the last four meetings.
• Penn State controlled the early stages of the series, winning seven of the first eight games between the teams from 1986-1993.
• Starting in 1994, Loyola won 10 of the next 11 meetings, with the last win coming in 2004.

On The Nittany Lions
• The Nittany Lions return nine starters from last year's 9-8 squad including All-Region selections Ashley Boccio (defense) and Stephanie Ellis (goalkeeper).
• Penn State was a very balanced offensive team in 2009 with ten players scoring at least ten points, seven of which had at least 20.
• Erica Mihm is the leading returning scorer after posting 25 goals and 36 total points. Laura Lesnick (22g) and Theresa Zichelli (19g, 9 fpg) also return on the good side of the ball. Two-time All-ALC selection Theresa Bucci also returns in the midfield for the Nittany Lions.

Picked Fourth

• The Greyhounds were picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST in a tight vote by the league's nine head coaches. Georgetown, with four first place votes, was picked to finish first, followed by Syracuse with three and Notre Dame with two. Following Loyola was Louisville, Rutgers, Connecticut, Cincinnati, and first-year member Villanova.

All-Conference Nods

Grace Gavin (56g, 18a) and Cara Filippelli (46gb, 39ct) were both named to the 13-member Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Gavin was one of five unanimous selections on the team, along with Christina Dove and Liz Hogan of Syracuse, Georgetown's Molly Ford and Gina Scioscia of Notre Dame.

A Stacked Midfield

• According to Lacrosse Magazine, with the additions of Australian National Team member Cass Cursaro and 2008 National Rookie of the Year Meg Decker, along with returning All-American Grace Gavin, Cara Filippelli, Abby Rehfuss and Emily Gibson, the Greyhounds form "arguably the deepest, most talented midfield corps in the country."

Sister Act 1 - The Gibson's

• Senior midfielder Emily Gibson is a faceoff specialist for the Greyhounds, who had a breakout junior season finishing fourth on the team in goals (20), total points (36) and tied for third in assists (16). Gibs also finished with 35 ground balls and 30 draw controls.

• Junior defender Johanna Gibson played in 15 games as a sophomore, and should get even more playing time in 2010. Gibson finished 2009 with nine caused turnovers and nine ground balls.

Sister Act 2 - The Heneberry's
• Junior attacker Mary Heneberry finished fourth on the team with 20 goals and fifth with 26 points, playing in all 17 games last season. One of several all-around players on the squad, the elder Heneberry also finished with 19 draw controls and 18 ground balls.
• Sophomore Anna Heneberry was very impressive on defense in her freshman campaign, making 13 starts and playing in all 17 games. Heneberry helped the Greyhounds lead the nation in caused turnovers, finishing with 21 in that category, while adding 22 ground balls.

Ultimate Opportunists

• The Greyhounds led the country with 13.47 caused turnovers per game in 2009 with Cara Filippelli leading the BIG EAST with 2.29 per game, good for sixth in the NCAA. Kellye Gallagher finished 47th in the nation with 1.47 per game.
• The returning Greyhounds combined for 195 caused turnovers in 2009, good for 85.1% of the total from last year's team. The returnees also combined for 84% of the total ground balls last season.

Field of 64
• Despite the loss of eight graduating seniors, the Greyhounds return 64 percent of their goals, assists and total points from the 2009 season. This includes four of the top five scorers from last season, including unanimous First-Team All-BIG East selection Grace Gavin (56g, 18a).

Cursaro Added to 2010 Season Roster
• With the start of the spring semester, Cass Cursaro joined the Loyola women's lacrosse program.
• Cursaro was a teammate of Greyhounds head coach Jen Adams on the Australian Silver National Team at the 2009 FIL Women's World Cup.
• The 5'11 midfielder scored three goals and scooped nine ground balls as the Aussies wound up taking the silver medal in the World Cup, falling to the United States in the Gold Medal game.

New For 2010
• The Greyhounds added Kathleen Barranco, Ashley Cahill, Joanna Dalton, Halle Gray, Jayne Jablonski and Ashley Moulton for the 2010 season on National Signing Day.
• As a senior in 2009, Barranco led Severna Park High School to it's third straight state title. Cahill and Dalton were Under Armour Underclass All-Americans in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Gray was a 2009 Baltimore-Washington Area Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist. Jablonski is just the second Loyola lacrosse player from Illinois (Sue Heether) and Moulton was a 2009 Under Armour All-American.

Also New For 2010
• Included in the hype this season is the additions of transfers Meg Decker and Helen Mc- Cutcheon. Decker sat out last season after transfering from Navy where she was named the 2008 National Rookie of the Year, scoring 63 goals to go with 58 draw controls and 76 points.
• McCutcheon scored two goals and added an assist, seven ground balls and five caused turnovers in two seasons as a midfielder at Maryland.

Burhans, Filippelli & Rehfuss Named 2010 Captains
• Burhans is a captain for a second straight season. She has appeared in 13 games in her career, tallying 12 saves in over 95 minutes of play.
• Filippelli recorded 20 points on 15 goals and five assists in 2009 and was named A First- Team All-Region and All BIG selection. Filippelli led the BIG EAST (6th in the NCAA) causing 2.29 turnovers per game.
• Rehfuss led the team with 46 draw controls en route to earning second-team all-conference and all-region laurels as a sophomore. Rehfuss also finished second on the team with 32 goals and 48 points.

World Renowned

• All three Loyola coaches, and freshman midfielder Cass Cursaro, played in the 2009 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup in the Czech Republic this past summer. Head Jen Adams and Cursaro took home silver medals for the Aussie National Team, while assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie led Team Canada to the bronze.
• Adams led the Tournament with 26 assists and 41 points and Dobbie led the Canadians with 18 goals, 21 points, 58 draw controls, 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers to be named to the All-World Team.
• Cursaro scored three goals and added nine ground balls for Australia and White pitched in with three caused turnovers, four draw controls and seven ground balls for Canada.

Five Former Greyhounds Named To CAA Silver Anniversary Team
• Former Greyhounds Tricia Dabrowski, Suzanne Eyler, Michelle Meyer, Stacey Morlang and Stephanie Roberts were named to the CAA 25th Anniversary Team. Loyola had five members on the 25-member roster, the second most of any school.
• Dabrowski was a three-time U.S. Women's Lacrosse All-America selection (2000-02), the CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and a three-time All-CAA honoree. She also holds Loyola career records for goalkeeper wins (58) and minutes played (4,464).
• Eyler was three-time U.S. Women's Lacrosse Coaches All-America selection (2001, 2002 and 2003) and the CAA Tournament MVP in 2002 and a two-time member of the All-CAA first team. She ranks sixth in career goals (93) and eighth in career points (118) at Loyola.
• Meyer was honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997 and was a three-time All- America honoree, earning first team accolades in 1996 and 1997. She holds Loyola records for draw controls in a season (76) and a career (180).
• Morlang was a three-time All-American who was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist in 2002, the CAA Player of the Year in 2001 and a three-time 1st team All-CAA selection. She holds the NCAA single-game record with 12 goals and 16 points against American in 2002
• Roberts earned first-team USWLCA All-America accolades in 1996 and 1997 and was a two-time member of the All-South Region first team. She ranks among the top-15 all-time at Loyola in draw controls (80).
• Among the honorees was former James Madison University standout Gail Decker. Decker is the older sister of current Greyhound Meg Decker.

Exit Diane Geppi-Aikens Field
• Since 1979, the Loyola women's lacrosse team has played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, named after the late Diane Geppi-Aikens, a two-time All-American goalkeeper with the Greyhounds and the winningest coach in program history.
• Loyola will play the Delaware Blue Hens on March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the last Greyhounds sporting event to be played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. DGA Field, also the home to the Loyola men's lacrosse and soccer programs, saw Loyola defeat the Blue Hens 14 straight times after falling in the first meeting in 1980.
• Loyola is 172-76-2 (.689) all-time at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Enter Ridley Athletic Complex
• On March 16, Loyola will host Rutgers in the Greyhounds first game at the newly constructed Ridley Athletic Complex at 7:00 p.m.
• The newly constructed, 6,000 seat facility was named after Loyola's 22nd President, Rev. Harold Ridley, S.J.