Women's Lacrosse Names 2008 Team Captains

Dec. 7, 2007

BALTIMORE - Seniors Kate Filippelli and Kristen Stone and junior Colleen O'Keefe have been named the Loyola women's lacrosse team captains for the 2008 season, Head Coach Kerri O'Day announced today.

"Kate, Kristen and Colleen will bring a variety of leadership skills to the team," O'Day said. "They are difference makers, not only off the field and in practice, but on gamedays. Each of them will play a significant leadership role, not only in their performances because they are talented and strong, but in their preparation and personalities. They have great work ethic and pride in our program and will help lead our team to a successful year."

Stone will repeat as a captain after fulfilling the role during her junior season. The Buffalo, N.Y., native earned IWLCA/USLacrosse Regional All-America First Team and All-BIG EAST Conference honoree as a defender last season. She led the Greyhounds with 37 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers and picked up IWLCA Academic Honor Roll mention, as well.

"Kristen is a captain for the second year in a row, showing her dedication and ability to be a leader," O'Day said. "She is a talented player and shows her work ethic and desire to win on and off the field."

Filippelli is a three-year starter in the midfield and scored 15 goals and assisted on four others as a junior. She earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll laurels and had 19 ground balls and 17 draw controls in 2007. A two-way player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field, Filippelli put all but one of her 26 shots on goal last year. In 2006, Filippelli earned All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team honors.

"Kate Filippelli is a very driven player," O'Day said. "She is a consummate competitor and works very hard to make herself, and her teammates, better."

O'Keefe completed her first season at Loyola in 2007 after transferring from James Madison. She started all 16 games and led the Greyhounds with 12 assists. O'Keefe was third on the team with 19 goals and also had 11 ground balls and 14 draw controls.

"Colleen is a verbal leader with a tremendous work ethic," O'Day said. "She is a great motivator, just like Kristen and Kate."

The Greyhounds begin their 2008 season on Friday, February 15, 2008, in Chapel Hill, N.C., when they face the University of North Carolina at 7 p.m.