April 19, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - After two long road trips, the Greyhounds return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field Wednesday by hosting Penn. Loyola looks to defeat its second ranked team this season by hosting the 15th ranked Quakers. Listen.
Loyola leads the series with Penn, 13-4. Since 1990, the Greyhounds are 10-0 versus the Quakers with their most recent victory coming last season by a score of 13-4. Penn's last victory over Loyola was a 6-5 win in Loyola's 1989 season opener.
Penn is ranked 15th by the IWLCA and hold a record of 6-6 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League.
Rachel Manson leads the Quakers in scoring with 19 goals and an assist. Following her is Ali Ryan with 18 goals and a team high 10 assists. Other players to watch for are Emily Cochran (17 goals), Katie Spofford (16 goals), Chrissy Muller (12 goals) and Allie Juras (10 goals). In groundballs, Lauren McDermott leads with 22 while goalie Liz Lorelli has 20. On the draw, Karen Jann leads with 29 while Sarah Eastburn and Spofford lead in caused turnovers with 17. Lorelli has played nearly 90% of the minutes in goal for Penn while posting a 9.98 goals against average and a saves percentage of .470.
Kate McHarg continues to lead Loyola in goal scoring with 31 to date. Rachel Shuck leads in points with 11 goals and 25 assists this season. Sydney Greene follows McHarg in goals with 23 while freshman Maura Kenny (19 goals) and Kate Filippelli (13 goals) round out the top five. McHarg and Shuck both rank among the NCAA leaders for their scoring efforts. McHarg is 18th in goals per game while Shuck is fourth in assists per game. Filippelli leads in groundballs with 31 a game, closely followed by McHarg at 30 and Kristin McKay at 29. McHarg is also the Greyhounds leader on the draw with 27 this season while Filippelli and Laura Carper are the tops of caused turnovers with 11. Loyola's goalkeeping tandem of Kim Lawton and Cindy Nicolaus have posted goals-against averages of 9.95 and 10.45, respectively to date this season. Lawton's saves percentage of .582 ranks her eighth in the country. The duo are also both approaching 300 saves on their career. Lawton to date has 273 while Nicolaus has recorded 289.