March 16, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Loyola sophomore midfielder Cara Filippelli (Devon, Pa./Archbishop Carroll High School) was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week today, the league office announced.
Filippelli led the Greyhounds' defensive effort in a 20-3 victory on Sunday over Davidson. She had team-highs of four ground balls and four caused turnovers and helped Loyola (4-1 overall) hold the Wildcats to just 8-of-26 in clearing attempts.
"It's great for Cara's defensive efforts to be recognized," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "She has been an outstanding player for us this year, especially between the (restraining) lines. She makes big defensive plays when we need them."
The three goals were the fewest allowed by a Loyola team since the Greyhounds limited George Mason to the same amount in a 15-3 decision in 2005.
This season, Filippelli is second on the team in both ground balls (14) and caused turnovers (9). She also has two goals and two assists.
The award is the first of Filippelli's career. It is also the first by a Loyola player since her sister, Kate, received BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on April 14, 2008.
Her teammate, Grace Gavin, was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this season. She scored five goals and assisted on two more against the Wildcats.
Filippelli and the 20th-ranked Greyhounds return to action on Wednesday, March 18, when they host No. 14 Cornell at 3 p.m.