Aug. 16, 2011
|Date||Saturday, August 20, 2011|
|Location||Towson, Maryland | Towson Center Soccer Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Complete Game Notes in PDF Format|
- The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team opens its 2011 season on Saturday at the Towson Center Soccer Complex against the Towson Tigers at 5 p.m.
- This is the second-straight season that the Greyhounds have opened against the Tigers. Loyola defeated Towson, 3-2, at Ridley Athletic Complex last year.
- Loyola University Maryland women's soccer went 9-9-2 in 2010 with a 5-4-0 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
- The Greyhounds are 11-7-1 all time in season-opening games, including 1-1-1 under head coach Katherine Vettori.
- Loyola and Towson have met twice in season-opening games, with the Greyhounds going 1-0-1 in those meetings. Loyola won last year's season-opener against Towson, 3-2, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The Greyhounds return six starters from last year's squad, including 2010 MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Nichole Schiro. Schiro and junior Gianna Mangione will serve as captains for this year's team. Loyola also adds 11 newcomers.
- No. 6 Maryland visits Ridley Athletic Complex on Aug. 22. The Terrapins will be the highest ranked team to visit Ridley in the short history of the facility.
Scouting the Tigers
- The Towson Tigers finished 2010 with a 6-11-3 overall record and a 2-8-1 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association.
- The Tigers lost leading goal scorer Melissa Gomes to graduation. Gomes led the team with five goals in 2010. Junior Cheyenne Skidmore is the team's top offensive returner, scoring three goals and tallying five assists in 2010 to tie for the team lead with 11 points.
- Towson was picked to finish in a tie for 10th in the CAA in the 2011 Preseason Coaches' Poll. The squad placed 11th in the league last year.
- Senior keeper Jocelyn Papciak was an All-CAA Second Team selection. She played every minute of every game in 2010, recording six shutouts and making 113 saves.
Series with Towson
- Loyola owns a 10-0-1 advantage in the all-time series with Towson. The schools met last year in the season-opener with the Greyhounds taking a, 3-2, win at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- Nichole Schiro scored two goals for Loyola including what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 43:54 mark.
- The Greyhounds are 6-0-0 all time at the Towson Center Soccer Complex. The teams last played at Towson in 2002 with Loyola winning 2-0.
Free Live Video Streaming of Home Games Available on LoyolaGreyhounds.com
- Beginning with Monday night's women's soccer game against Maryland, Loyola University Maryland will offer free video of most home athletic events for the 2011-12 season.
- Loyola will partner with Stretch Internet to provide the content. The department also will continue to offer free audio of games, and it will provide live stats through the Stretch Internet portal.
- Loyola games that are being broadcast will be available on a variety of smart phones including iPhones, Android and select Blackberry devices. Video, audio and live stats will be available on phone browsers.
- Loyola will broadcast all non-televised home contests and men's and women's soccer, basketball, lacrosse and select volleyball games.
`Hounds Picked Fourth in MAAC; Schiro Garners Preseason Honors
- Loyola was picked to finish fourth in the MAAC in the preseason coaches' poll after tying for fourth in 2010
- Junior Nichole Schiro was named to the Preseason All-MAAC team. Schiro was the 2010 MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year and an All-MAAC First Team selection.
Last Time Out
- Loyola knocked off Bucknell, 3-0, on Friday, Aug. 12 at Ridley Athletic Complex. Keepers Didi Haracic and Danielle Ippolito combined for the shutout, making six saves.
- Junior Lauren Norcia scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 19th minute of play on a free kick from 45 yards out.
- Freshman Amanda Reverberi and junior Tessa McClenahan also scored in the contest.
Climbing the Charts
- Sophomore forward Nichole Schiro earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors after finishing the season with 15 goals.
- In just two seasons at Loyola, Schiro has scored 24 goals in 43 games and is tied for fifth all-time - with Christina Gomez (2006-09) and Courtney Arikian (2003-06) - in career goals. She enters the 2011 season one goal away from tying another former teammate, Theresa Ferraina, for fourth place.
- The junior also is eighth on the career points list with 55. She trails former Greyhounds Courtney Arikian (2003-06) and Krystin Porchella (1994-97) by four points for sixth on the all-time chart.
- Schiro's 15 goals in 2010 are tied for second on the Greyhounds' single-season chart with Ali Andrzejewski's 2005 total. Andrzejewski holds the school record with 18 in 2004. Schiro's 31 points last year are third behind Andrzejewski's 43 and 32 from 2004 and 2005.
- The Greyhounds will be led this year by nine juniors, including captains Nichole Schiro and Gianna Mangione.
- Seven of the juniors appeared in more than half the games in 2010, including Danielle Ippolito, Brittany Yancey, Lauren Norcia, Gianna Mangione, Nichole Schiro, Tessa McClenahan, and Kelsey Donohue.
- Schiro and Mangione started all 20 games in 2010, while Donohue started 18, Ippolito, 17, McClenahan 14, Yancey, 11 and Norcia, 1.
- Mangione and Schiro combined for 41 of the teams 77 total points last year.
- The 2011 Loyola Greyhounds will feature 11 newcomers, including seven freshmen and four transfers to go with a pair of redshirts.
- Melissa Lookingland, Kelsey Rene, Deja Walker and Chantal Celestin all join the team as transfers.
- Toni Cowan and Julia Hajjar also will join the mix this season after redshirting last year due to injuries.
- Nichole Schiro's season was one of the top scoring years by anyone in NCAA Division I in 2010. Her 0.75 goals per game were seventh-best in Division I, and her 15 goals were tied for ninth.
MAAC Weekly Honors
- Loyola women's soccer players earned MAAC weekly honors six times in 2010, led by Nichole Schiro earning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week laurels three times.
- Danielle Ippolito earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors once, and Didi Haracic and Katelyn McFadden were each tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Week.
2010 All-MAAC Honors
- In addition to Schiro's Co-Offensive Player of the Year honor, three Greyhounds were named to the All-MAAC First Team. Schiro was joined by midfielder Kelly Farrell and back Lina Staropoli, who both graduated from Loyola in the spring.
Ridley's Friendly Confines; Road Trip Blues
- The Greyhounds enjoyed the friendly confines of Ridley Athletic Complex, going 7-1-1 in their new facility. The road, however, was not as nice to Loyola, as it went 2-8-1 away from home in 2010.
- Loyola outscored opponents 16-7 at Ridley, and Greyhounds' goalkeepers Danielle Ippolito and Didi Haracic posted a 0.74 goals against average in Baltimore.
- On the road - Loyola played 10 away matches and one neutral-site contest - opponents outscored the Greyhounds to the tune of 24-8.
In the Coaches Box
- Katherine Remy Vettori is entering her fourth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 32-20-9 career record. Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
- Vettori is assisted by fourth-year assistant coach Erin Mandras along with Emily Janss and Dave Nesbitt.
- The Greyhounds host No. 6 Maryland on Monday, Aug. 22, at Ridley Athletic Complex at 7 p.m.