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Loyola Opens BIG EAST Schedule at Georgetown Saturday

March 22, 2012

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Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time 4 p.m.
Location Washington, DC | Multi-Sport Field
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Today’s Match-Up 
• Today’s game marks the first BIG EAST game for Loyola this season, while Georgetown opened its conference play with an 18-6 victory at Villanova on March 3.
• Three of the today’s players were named to this week’s BIG EAST Honor Roll. Marlee Paton was included for Loyola, while Ashley Hunter and Hannah Franklin were honored for Georgetown.

Loyola Greyhounds (4-3, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Loyola is coming off a 1-1 week in which it defeated Delaware, 14-5, Wednesday, before dropping an 11-6 decision at No. 20 James Madison on Saturday.
• The Greyhounds have had balanced scoring this year, with five players reaching double-figures in points. Sophomore Marlee Paton leads the way with a team-high 14 goals and 23 points, while freshman Annie Thomas has a team-high 10 assists and ranks second with 20 points.
• Junior Cassandra Cursaro and freshman Hannah Schmitt each have 11 goals and one assist, while freshman Sydney Thomas rounds out the Greyhounds in double-figure points, with 11 (7g, 4a).
• Defensively, Loyola leads the BIG EAST in ground balls per game (21.57) and caused turnovers per game (11.86). In addition, the Greyhounds’ defense leads the league in goals-against average, as they only give up 9.16 goals per game. 
• Senior Kellye Gallagher leads the BIG EAST in ground balls (4.00) and caused turnovers (3.00) per game, while senior Kerry Stoothoff ranks third with 2.86 ground balls per outing. 
• Stoothoff is allowing 9.29 goals per game this year, while stopping 48.3 percent of shots faced.

Scouting GEORGETOWN (4-3, 1-0 BIG EAST)
• Georgetown is coming off an 11-9 win vs. UPenn on Wednesday.
• The Hoyas have had balanced scoring this year, with six players recording double figures in scoring. Sophia Thomas leads the team with 15 goals and 19 points - scoring six against Penn, while Dina Jackson is second on the team with 15 points (12g, 3a). Caroline Tarzian has recorded 14 points on nine goals and a team-high five assists, while Kelsi Bozel has 13 points and Hannah Franklin and Erin Lovett each have 10. 
• Defensively, Kelly Barnes leads the way with 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. 
• In goal, Barb Black is allowing 10.50 goals per game and is stopping 30.6 percent of shots faced.

Series Record 
• Georgetown and Loyola will meet for the 13th time in series history on Tuesday night. The Hoyas hold earned a narrow 7-5 advantage after winning the last three contests. 
• The Hoyas won both the regular-season game (13-12, OT) and a BIG EAST Championships match-up (11-9) in 2010 before handing Loyola its first loss of the season last year, 15-13 .
• Since joining the BIG EAST, Loyola is 1-5 against Georgetown, earning a 13-11 victory in 2009.
• When playing in Washington, D.C., the Greyhounds are 2-3 all-time, with their last win coming in 1979. Since joining the BIG EAST, Loyola is 0-3 at Georgetown, including dropping two double-overtime decisions (2006: 9-8; 2010: 13-12).

Scoring By Class
• More than half of Loyola’s goals this season have been scored by a member of this year’s freshman class, while nobody in this year’s senior class has recorded a goal.
• Thirty seven of Loyola’s 70 goals have been scored by a newcomer (37 goals, 16 assists, 53 points), while the sophomore class has notched 16 goals, nine assists and 25 points and the juniors are responsible for 17 goals, three assists and 20 points. 

BIG EAST Honor Roll
• Sophomore Marlee Paton became the third Greyhound this year to be named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
• Paton was honored on March 19 after scoring seven goals in a 1-1 week for Loyola. Hannah Schmitt (2/20) and Kerry Stoothoff (3/5) have also been included on the BIG EAST Honor Roll this season.
• The midfielder tallied a career-high five goals in a 14-5 win vs. Delaware on Wednesday and added two more in an 11-6 loss at No. 20 James Madison.
• For the week, Paton had eight points on seven goals and one assist, while she also added two ground balls, two draw controls and one caused turnover.

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds led No. 20 James Madison, 5-3, at halftime, but the Dukes opened the second half with a seven-goal run to take a 10-5 lead with 13:36 to play.
• Freshman Annie Thomas scored her game-high third goal with 3:04 left in the game, before James Madison tacked on one final score for the 11-6 win.

Up Next 
• Loyola will return home to host BIG EAST rivals Cincinnati and Notre Dame. The Greyhounds will face the Bearcats Friday at 7 p.m., and the Fighting Irish Sunday at 1 p.m.