Greyhounds Travel To No. 14 Penn State For Mid-Week Tilt

March 5, 2012


Game Information
Opponent Penn State Nittany Lions
Date Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Time 4 p.m.
Location State College, Pa. | Penn State Lacrosse Field
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The Match-Up
• Loyola is looking to get back on track after dropping a 7-6 decision to Towson Saturday.
• Penn State is coming into the game after earning an upset win over No. 6 Virginia Sunday.
• The Greyhounds are also looking to even the all-time series with Penn State at 13 with a win.

Loyola Greyhounds (1-2, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Loyola is coming off a defensive battle that they lost to Baltimore-rival Towson, 7-6, Saturday.
• Over half of Loyola’s scoring this year has come from its freshman class, as 16 of the 26 goals scored this year have been notched by a newcomer.
• Sophomore Marlee Paton leads the Greyhounds in scoring with eight points, while freshman Hannah Schmitt leads the squad with a team-high six goals. Freshman Annie Thomas is second on the team in goals, assists and points, recording five, two and seven, respectively.
• Defensively, Loyola leads the BIG EAST in ground balls per game (22.67) and is second in caused turnovers per game (11.00). Senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff leads the league with 4.00 ground balls per game, while classmate Kellye Gallagher is ranked thid with 3.33 per game.
• Gallagher also leads the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game, averaging 2.67.

Scouting Penn State (4-1, 0-0 CAA)
• The Nittany Lions are coming off an upset victory over No. 6 Virginia Sunday. Penn State earned a signature win for the program, knocking off the Cavaliers, 14-7, to mark the highest ranked opponent for the Nittany Lions in the Missy Doherty era.
• The win also marked the first win for the Nittany Lions as their new Penn State Lacrosse Field.  
• McCormick leads Penn State with 18 points this year and a team-best 11 assists.
• Molly Fernandez has notched a team-high 12 goals, while five players have recorded double figures in scoring; McCormick (18 pts), Mackenzie Cyr (17), Fernandez (14), Tatum Coffey (11) and Kelly Lechner (10).
• Defensively, Lizzy Carney leads the team with 10 ground balls, while Colleen Shea has a team-best eight ground balls.
• In goal, Dana Cahill has started all five games and is posting an 8.40 goals-against average and has stopped 53.6 percent of shots faced.

Series Record
• Penn State holds a narrow advantage in the all-time series, 13-12.
• The Greyhounds won last year’s meeting, 10-7, in Baltimore, Md., snapping a five-game losing streak to the Nittany Lions. Prior to the game, Loyola’s last win was a 10-9 road win in 2004.

BIG EAST Honor Roll
• Senior Kerry Stoothoff was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on March 5.
• Stoothoff earned 16 saves and allowed just 6.5 goals per game in a 1-1 week for Loyola.
• The Greyhounds defeated No. 20 Johns Hopkins 11-7 on Wednesday, but fell to Towson, 7-6, on Saturday.
• Stoothoff also had a career-high six ground balls t Johns Hopkins.

Climbing The Charts
• Seniors Ana Heneberry and Kellye Gallagher are climbing Loyola’s all-time record book for career caused turnovers. The duo currently sits second and fourth, respectively.
• Heneberry caused two against Towson on Saturday, March 3 to pass Tara Singleton’s 90 caused turnovers from 2001-04, and move into second place with 91 caused turnovers.
• Gallagher is not far behind Heneberry, as she has caused 80 turnovers throughout her career.
Jen Albright, playing from 2000-03, set the school record at 130.

Last Time Out: Comeback Rally Falls Short Against Towson
• Down one with under one minute to play, junior Cass Cursaro sent a shot off the crossbar with 41 seconds on the clock and freshman Hannah Schmitt had a shot saved by goalkeeper Mary Teeters, who ran out the final 16 seconds to preserve a 7-6 upset victory for Baltimore-rival Towson in Loyola’s home opener.
• Sophomore Marlee Paton led the Greyhounds with two goals and one assist, while freshman Annie Thomas had one goal and two assists.
• The Greyhounds trailed 7-0 in draw controls in the first half, but were only down two goals, 4-2, at halftime.
• Loyola won five of the eight draws in the second half and outscored the Tigers, 4-3, but it wasn’t enough.
• In goal, senior Kerry Stoothoff stopped eight shots and had a team-high three ground balls.

Up Next
• Loyola will return home to host its final Baltimore rival. UMBC will visit Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m., and will be the second game of a double-header with Loyola’s men’s lacrosse team. The Greyhound men take on Duke at noon.