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Greyhounds Host Towson Saturday In Televised Home Opener

Feb. 27, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola continues non-conference action on Saturday, March 1, 2008, with its second game in a row against another team from Baltimore. The Greyhounds open their home schedule at 11 a.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field against Towson.

TV Time: The game will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Leif Elsmo will handle play-by-play duties, and Kim Simons will provide analysis. Chris Day will produce the broadcast, which will be directed by Tim Walbert.

Double-Dip: Saturday's game precedes the Loyola men's game against Penn State. It is the first of three doubleheaders this season. Tickets for the women's game will also provide admittance to the men's contest.

Series History: Saturday's game will be the 36th all-time meeting between the Loyola and Towson programs. The Greyhounds hold a 28-7 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last 25 meetings. The teams have played at least once a year since 1979. Towson won the first five meetings between the teams, beginning with a 14-1 victory on May 5, 1973, in the Maryland State Tournament at Essex Community College.

On The Field, On The Sidelines: Loyola Head Coach Kerri O'Day and Towson Head Coach Missy Doherty have seen plenty of each other over the years. Saturday will be the fifth meeting between the two as head coaches (they both took over their respective programs in 2004), but they also were on opposite sidelines as assistant coaches for four games. O'Day was an assistant at Loyola from 1998-2003, while Doherty was at Brown from 1999-2000 and at Princeton, 2001-2003. As players, Doherty (the Missy Holmes) was a mainstay on the University of Maryland defense, while O'Day (then Kerri Johnson) was an All-America midfielder for Loyola. The two played five times as student-athletes, with Doherty getting the better of the match-ups four times.

Looking Back: The Greyhounds had five shots in the final five minutes, but could not even the score with UMBC. The Retrievers held off two shot attempts in the final 10 seconds, as well, to take an 11-10 victory on Tuesday, February 26. Elizabeth Weber scored a career-high three goals, and Colleen O'Keefe and Alicyn Brunnett added two each.

The Last Time: Loyola and Towson played the first overtime game in the history of the series on March 28, 2007. Kate McHarg scored 48 seconds into `sudden-victory' overtime, lifting Loyola to an 11-10 victory. The Tigers took a 10-9 lead with just under five minutes remaining on a free-position shot by Hillary Fratzke, but Alicyn Brunnett notched the equalizing goal with a minute left on the clock, scoring on a free-position attempt herself. After a scoreless first overtime, Brunnett found McHarg in front of the crease where she scored low against Towson goalie Mandy Corry.

Taylor's Take-Aways: In addition to scoring her first goal of the season on Tuesday night at UMBC, Meg Taylor set a career-high with four caused turnovers. She picked up four ground balls, as well, leading the Greyhounds in that category against the Retrievers.

Honor Roll Selection: Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on February 25 following her first three collegiate games. She scored six goals, had two assists and 12 draw controls in those contests.

We Are Family: Many teams claim to be a family, but Loyola has an edge in that category. Four sets of sisters - Emily and Johanna Gibson, Cara and Kate Filippelli, Bridget and Colleen O'Keefe, and Mary Clare and Meg Taylor (twins) - adorn the Greyhounds roster. It is believed to be the most siblings on any NCAA Division I women's lacrosse team this year.

Weber's First Hat Trick: Elizabeth Weber recorded a career-high three goals at UMBC on Tuesday night. She could have scored two more, but they were called off by delayed defensive penalties. Her six goals through four games this season have tied her previous career output in 22 games entering 2008.

Balanced Scoring: Loyola has experienced a balanced offensive attack early this year. Twelve players have scored goals, and 14 have recorded points with at least one goal or one assist.

On The Draw: Loyola has recorded 55 draw controls this season, to its opponents 47, led by Grace Gavin's three. Gavin leads Loyola with 15 draw controls this year. Kate Filippelli has nine, while Abby Rehfuss has nine.

Drawing In Losses: The Greyhounds lost the draw control battle, 12-11, at UMBC, dropping them to 0-3 this year when having fewer draw controls than their opponents.

O'Keefe Offense: Junior captain Colleen O'Keefe set a career-high with four goals at Davidson. With two goals and two assists at UMBC, O'Keefe moved into the team lead in goals scored (9) and points (11). She is also tied for the team lead in assists (2).

Consistent Kate: Kate Filippelli has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola's four games this season. She is one of two players (Colleen O'Keefe) to tally at least one point in each game.

Abby's Attack: Abby Rehfuss scored three goals for the second game in a row at Georgetown and now leads the Greyhounds in scoring with seven goals. She has put all but four of her shots into the goal this year.

Joining The Offense: Megan Joines recorded her first career assist at UMBC on Tuesday, feeding a pass to Colleen O'Keefe on a fast-break in the second half.

February Fun: Entering the 2008 season, Loyola had played just five total games during the month of February, two in each of the last two seasons and one in 2004. This year, the Greyhounds played four games during the shortest month of the calendar.

On This Date: The Greyhounds have played just one game on March 1 in the previous 554 women's lacrosse games at Loyola. The Greyhounds opened their 2005 campaign with a March 1 defeat of UMBC, 20-8.

Fresh Approach: Loyola's freshman class started the season by making significant contributions in the first three games. The group combined for 16 goals and five assists, as well as 29 draw controls. That represents 33-percent of the team's goals, 46-percent of assists and 53-percent of draws.

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.