Feb. 16, 2009
Game No. 1
Loyola Greyhounds (0-0) at Stony Brook Seawolves (0-1)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 2 p.m.
Stony Brook, N.Y. Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
- Loyola opens the 2009 season, its 37th overall, with a road game on Wednesday, February 18, at 2 p.m. versus Stony Brook University on Long Island.
- The game marks the second season in a row that Loyola has started on the road after beginning last season at North Carolina.
- The Greyhounds and Seawolves will meet for the first time.
- Loyola is 27-7-1 all-time against members of the America East Conference, the majority of those games coming against cross-town foe UMBC.
- In 36 previous season-opening games, Loyola is 25-10-1, although the Greyhounds have lost their last two.
- Loyola has twice played a team from the State of New York start the year. Hofstra was the Greyhounds' opening opponent for Loyola on both occasions, 1983 and 2007.
Adams Era Begins
- A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse begins on Wednesday when Jen Adams takes the field for her first regular-season game as head coach.
- Adams was named the seventh head coach in Loyola women's lacrosse history on June 6, 2008, after spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.
- A 2001 graduate of College Park, Adams is widely considered the top women's lacrosse player of all-time. She helped the Terrapins win the NCAA title each of the four seasons she was on the field and her marks of 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points still stand as school records. Her goal and assist totals are still tops amongst all NCAA Division I players.
- Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will assist Jen Adams on the sidelines for the Greyhounds. White was formerly an assistant coach at her alma mater, Ohio State, and Stanford, while Dobbie makes her first foray into collegiate coaching after an All-American career with the Terrapins.
- All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.
- Adams will play for Australia, while White and Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.
- Sophomore midfielder Grace Gavin was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference's coaches. Gavin led Loyola, and all BIG EAST freshmen, in scoring as a freshman in 2008, recording 38 goals and 52 total points.
- As a team, the Greyhounds were selected to finish fifth out of eight teams in the conference.
In the Mix
- Loyola was recognized in the opening IWLCA/Under Armour Coaches Poll of the 2009 season amongst the top 28 teams in the nation.
- The Greyhounds were just outside the top 20 and were one of eight in the `receiving votes' category.
Trio Named Co-Captains
- Three Loyola players were named team co-captains of the 2009 season. Seniors Mary Clare Taylor, Meg Taylor and junior Courtney Burhans were chosen by their peers.
Scoring Is Back
- Loyola returns the vast majority of its scoring, statistically speaking, for the 2009 season. Despite the graduation of six seniors following 2008, the Greyhounds have over 76-percent of their goals, assists and total points coming back for this campaign.
- The numbers of returning defensive statistics is somewhat lower, however, as Loyola returns 62-percent of its caused turnovers and 63-percent of its ground balls from a year ago.
Ten Across The Board
- Three Loyola players recorded 10 or more goals, assists, points, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers last season. Grace Gavin (38, 14, 52p, 12gb, 42dc, 11ct), Abby Rehfuss (35, 15a, 50p, 20gb, 28dc, 17ct) and Kate Filippelli (23g, 13a, 36p, 35gb, 41dc, 21ct) all notched the feat.
- The Greyhounds open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, February 21, 2009, when they host the fourth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers at 3:30 p.m. The game follows the Loyola men's game against Towson.