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Women's Lacrosse Travels To Georgetown For Season's First BIG EAST Game

Feb. 20, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola begins its third season of competition in the BIG EAST Conference on Saturday, February 23, 2008, when it travels down Interstate 95 to play Georgetown at 3 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field. The game will be the Greyhounds third of the season, all of which have been played on the road. The Hoyas are ranked 10th in the initial IWLCA poll of 2008.

Series History: Saturday's game will mark the eighth time Loyola has met the Hoyas in a series that dates back to 1997, the fifth season of women's lacrosse on the Evergreen Campus. The teams played each year from 1977-1979 and again in 1981, with Loyola coming out on top in each of those games. Georgetown, however has won the last three. After a 20-year stretch of not playing, the teams met in the 2001 NCAA Semifinals at Johns Hopkins, with the Hoyas edging Loyola, 10-9. The squads have since met in each of the last two seasons, with Georgetown coming out on top.

Looking Back: Loyola split a pair of games last weekend as it opened its 2008 campaign in North Carolina. The Greyhounds lost, 13-9, to the Tar Heels on Friday night before defeating Davidson, 20-9, on Sunday afternoon.

High-Scoring Affair: Loyola's 20 goals on Sunday at Davidson were the most the team has scored since March 1, 2005, when it defeated UMBC, 20-8, to open the season. It was just the 30th time in 552 Loyola women's lacrosse games that the Greyhounds have scored 20 or more goals in a game.

O'Keefe Offense: Junior captain Colleen O'Keefe set a career-high with four goals at Davidson. Including the goal she scored at North Carolina, she leads the team with five scores this season.

Fresh Approach: Loyola's freshman class started the season by making significant contributions in the first two games. The group combined for 11 goals and five assists, as well as 17 draw controls and 11 ground balls. That represents 38-percent of the team's goals, 63-percent of its assists, 63 percent of draw controls and 43-percent of caused turnovers.

Controlling The Draw: Loyola won 22 of 31 draw controls against Davidson, led by Grace Gavin's six. Emily Gibson had three, as well, in the game.

Between The Pipes: Freshman Meg Steffe started the first two games of her collegiate career over the weekend and finished with 15 saves. Courtney Burhans played the final 3:15 at Davidson, but she did not face a shot.

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, the second year in a row she's had the role. 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.