Women's Soccer Picked As MAAC Favorite

Aug. 17, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team will open the 2010 season on Saturday, August 21, as the preseason favorite in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the league office announced today.

The Greyhounds, who won the MAAC regular-season and tournament title last year, received 96 total points in the MAAC preseason coaches' poll, finishing ahead of second-place Fairfield, which had 89.

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"It's an honor to be picked first in the MAAC by the coaches," said third-year Head Coach Katherine Vettori. "The MAAC looks to be very deep and talented this season, so we know that there are going to be a lot of very tough battles in conference play."

In addition to receiving top billing as a team, three Loyola players were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team. Senior forward Kelly Farrell, senior midfielder Lina Staropoli and sophomore midfielder Gianna Mangione each received the honors from the league's coaches.

Staropoli was an All-MAAC First Team honoree last season. Playing primarily as a defensive midfielder throughout her career at Loyola, Staropoli has recorded 15 assists, good for a tie for sixth all-time in program history.

Farrell scored two goals and added three assists last year while earning All-MAAC Second Team laurels. During her three years at Loyola, Farrell has scored eight goals and assisted on eight others.

Mangione was the Most Valuable Player of the MAAC Championships as a freshman in 2009 after scoring game-tying goals in the semifinals