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Women's Soccer Opens 2015 Season Friday, Hosts Delaware

Aug. 20, 2015

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Opponent Delaware Blue Hens
Date Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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LOYOLA OPENS THE 2015 SEASON HOSTING DELAWARE
• The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team kicks off the 2015 season with a home opener on Friday, Aug. 21, against the University of Delaware at Ridley Athletic Complex. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.
• Following the game, fans are invited to take the field and watch Disney's Big Hero 6 with the team on the video board. Entrance to the match and postgame movie are free of charge.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola returns 17 letterwinners and nearly 86-percent of its scoring from a 2014 squad that finished 6-9-4 overall and 2-3-4 in Patriot League play.
• Head Coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her second season on the Greyhounds' sideline, after guiding the squad to their first-ever Patriot League Tournament appearance in 2014.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan returns in goal for the Greyhounds, after posting a solid senior campaign that resulted in All-Patriot League Second Team and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honors. Folan and the Greyhounds posted the second-longest active shutout streak in NCAA Division I women's soccer heading into the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Patriot League Tournament. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania, native carded 10 shutouts during her senior campaign, the third most in Loyola's single season record books.
• Despite losing first-team All-Patriot League middle-back, Kelly Santangelo, the Greyhounds return three veteran defenders in Morgan Crable , Nicole Wahlig and Kelsey Targarona .
• Loyola's defense allowed only four goals throughout league play in 2014, posting a 0.40 goals-against-average. The Greyhounds were second to only Navy, who posted a 0.32 GAA.
• Offensively, four of Loyola's top-five goal scoreres from the 2014 season return to action, including All-Patriot League Second Team forward Charlotte Miller

2014 RECAP
• Loyola finished the 2014 regular season 6-8-4 overall and 2-3-4 in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds tied for the sixth seed with Lehigh University, but earned a spot in the Patriot League Tournament due to the league's tiebreaker procedure.
• Then-senior defender Kelly Santangelo was named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while graduate student Colleen Folan and senior Charlotte Miller were voted to the second team.
• Thirteen of Loyola's 18 regular-season games resulted in a difference of one goal or less. Conversely, all six of the squad's wins last season were shutout victories.

UP NEXT
• Loyola will host Monmouth University on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

ABOUT DELAWARE
• During the 2014 season, Delaware finished 7-9-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
• Like Loyola, the Blue Hens were tied for sixth in the conference standings, but unlike the Greyhounds, Delaware narrowly missed the tournament in a tie-breaker to Towson University.
• For the first time in four years, Delaware missed the CAA Tournament and had its first losing campaign since 2010.
• Delaware was picked to finish sixth in the CAA Preseason Poll.
  Senior midfielder Emily Market was selected to the All-CAA Preseason team, while senior defender Maddy Parker earned a spot on the honorable mention team.
• Scott Grzenda enters his 26th season at the helm of the Blue Hens, amassing a career record of 229-193-42 (.543) at the University of Delaware.

SERIES WITH THE BLUE HENS
• The Greyhounds and Blue Hens have a long history, dating back to the first year of Loyola's inception, in 1992.
• The series between Loyola and Delaware is tied with four wins each.
•The two teams squared off in six of Loyola's first seven years as a Division I program. During that time, both teams won a total of three games. It wasn't for another 13 years before the Blue Hens and Greyhounds would faceoff during the non-conference season.
  In 2012 and 2013 both teams hosted the other on their home turf, winning the home match by only one goal, in each instance.
• The two squads are meeting for the first time under the direction of second-year head coach Naomi Meiburger .

WELCOME TO LOYOLA
• Eight newcomers saw action in Loyola's two exhibition games last week, and two contributed points by scoring goals or supplying assists in matches against Drexel University and Mount St. Mary's.
• Loyola has eleven true freshmen joing the squad this season, including two international players and three local players from the state of Maryland.
• The rookie class of Kaisa Aalto (Helsinki, Finland), Lexy Andrews (Fulton, Md.), Julianna Cabrera (Garnerville, N.Y.), Sarah Ensor (Millersville, Md.), Cassidy Griffith (Columbus, N.J.), Krista Hinchman (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Sara McGeough (Sligo, Ireland), Sumer Rahe (Orange, Calif.), Kate Reese (Potomac, Md.), Mia Sardella (Cranston, R.I.), and Jourdan Ziff (Temecula, Calif.), look to make big impressions throughout the 2015 season.

PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
• Loyola was picked to finish sixth in the 2015 Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• Boston University, who has captured the tournament title in each of its first two seasons as a member institution, was picked as the favorite to win the Patriot League women's soccer title, collecting 11 first-place votes and 155 points.
• Colgate University checked in second with 147 points. The Raiders, who finished first in the 2014 regular-season, received seven first-place votes. Navy took third with a total of 135 points and the final two first-place votes.
• Army West Point polled fourth for the second-consecutive season with 103 points, while Bucknell University was fifth with 92 points. Loyola took sixth with 76 points, six more than Lehigh University at seventh. College of the Holy Cross grabbed the eighth spot with 64 points, while Lafayette College took ninth with 35 points and American University rounded out the poll in 10th place with 23 points.

OVER THE AIRWAYS
• Loyola fans will be able to follow every home match of the 2015 season by watching the Patriot League Network powered by Campus Insiders. To listen to Glenn Clark and Jamie Watson's call, fans can go to the women's soccer schedule page at LoyolaGreyhounds.com, and click on the video link next to the appropriate match.