Women's Soccer Travels to Battle Northeastern, BU This Weekend

Aug. 23, 2011

NOTE: The Greyhounds' second game this weekend at Boston University has been moved. It will be played on SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, at 4 p.m.

Game Information
Opponent Northeastern Huskies
Date Friday, August 26, 2011
Time 6 p.m.
Location Boston, Mass. | Parsons Field
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Online Media Live Stats | Video | Audio
Game Notes Northeastern/BU Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader
Game Information
Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, August 27, 2011
Time 4 p.m.
Location Boston, Mass. | Nickerson Field
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Game Notes Northeastern/BU Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Game Data

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team hits the road this weekend for a pair of games in Boston, Mass. The Greyhounds battle Northeastern on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. and Boston University on Saturday, Aug. 27 at 4 p.m.

Quick Kicks

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team started the season 0-2 following a 2-0 road loss at Towson and a, 9-0, defeat at the hands of No. 6 Maryland in the opening week.
  • The last time the Greyhounds started the season 0-2 was in 2008. That squad started with a 0-5-2 record that year, but ended the season going 10-1-2 over the last 13 games, including notching a 7-0-2 mark in MAAC play.
  • 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.
  • The Greyhounds and Huskies are meeting for the first time in the history of the two programs. Loyola and Boston University will be facing off for the second time, but the first time at Nickerson Field. The teams tied, 1-1, in their first meeting in Baltimore in 2009.

Scouting the Huskies

  • Northeastern (1-1-0) started the year with a, 2-1, win at Connecticut before dropping a 2-0 decision at Boston University.
  • The Huskies were picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
  • Forward Veronica Napoli was selected as the CAA Preseason Player of the Year. she finished 2010 with nine goals and 21 points.
  • The Huskies return 18 players from a team that went 9-8-1 last season.
  • The game against Loyola marks the home opener for the Huskies. The Greyhounds are 18-14-2 all-time against CAA opponents.

Scouting the Terriers

  • The Terriers enter the weekend with a 1-0-1 record, including a win over Northeastern and a tie against fourth-ranked Boston College.
  • Boston University is finishing a three-game homestand against Loyola. The Terriers defeated Northeastern, 2-0, in their home-opener and face-off with Illinois state on Fri., Aug. 26.
  • Senior Jessica Luscinski was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending Aug. 21 after tallying goals against Boston College and Northeastern.
  • The Terriers were chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the America East Conference. The squad went 16-6-0 overall and 8-0-0 in conference play last year.

Series with Northeastern

  • Friday's match marks the first time the Greyhounds and Huskies have ever met on the field.

Series with Boston University

  • The Greyhounds and Terriers only meeting came on Sept. 4, 2009, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw in Baltimore.

Free Live Video Streaming of Home Games Available on

  • Beginning this season 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.

Filling the Seats

  • The Greyhounds set a Ridley Athletic Complex women's soccer attendance record on Monday, Aug. 22 when 971 fans came out to support Loyola against No. 6 Maryland.

Join the Greyhounds for Youth Soccer Kickoff Weekend

  • When Loyola returns home for Labor Day Weekend, fans can join the Greyhounds for Youth Soccer Kickoff Weekend on Sept. 2 against High Point at 7 p.m. and on Sept. 4 against Saint Louis at 1 p.m.

Tough Non-Conference Schedule

  • Of the Greyhounds' 10 non-conference games, four will come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the NSCAA top 25. Loyola plays No. 6 Maryland and No. 14 Wake Forest, along with Boston University and Virginia Tech who are both receiving votes.
  • The non-conference schedule also includes back-to-back Big South champion, High Point. Northeastern and La Salle also were picked to to finish fourth in their respective conferences.

Last Time Out

  • In the team's last game, the Greyhounds fell to sixth-ranked Maryland, 9-0, in the team's home opener at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Climbing the Charts

  • Junior forward Nichole Schiro has scored 24 goals in 45 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.

Junior Leadership

New Faces

  • The 2011 Loyola Greyhounds will feature 11 newcomers, including seven freshmen and three transfers to go with a pair of redshirts.
  • Melissa Lookingland, Kelsey Rene and Deja Walker 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.

`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.

Schiro, Tana Earn MAAC Weekly Honors

  • Junior Nichole Schiro was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Gabrielle Tana was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Aug. 21.
  • Schiro led the Greyhounds with three shots, including two on net in a 2-0 loss at Towson.
  • Tana provided a spark off the bench for the Greyhounds in the second half, generating quality scoring chances and coming inches away from an equalizing goal early in the second half.
  • 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.

Home Cookin'

  • Since the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have posted a 7-2-1 overall record in their new home.
  • In 2010, Loyola outscored its opponents 16-7 at Ridley, and Greyhounds' keepers Danielle Ippolito and Didi Haracic posted a 0.74 goals against average.

On the Road Again

  • Loyola went 2-8-1 on the road in 2010 and started the 2011 season with a road loss at Towson.
  • The Greyhounds were outscored 24-8 in 10 away matches and one neutral contest in 2010.

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.

Up Next

  • Loyola hosts a pair of contests on Labor Day Weekend as the Greyhounds welcome High Point on Fri., Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. and Saint Louis on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. to Ridley Athletic Complex.