|Date||Monday, Aug. 24, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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LOYOLA CONTINUES A TWO-GAME HOMESTAND
• Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer will play in its second home game in four days, hosting the Hawks of Monmouth University on Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
• The Greyhounds will host youth night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Kids in soccer jerseys will enter the match free of charge with an adult.
ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola is coming off a double-overtime loss to the University of Delaware on Friday evening. The Blue Hens scored the game-winning goal in the 108th minute to top the Greyhounds, 2-1, in the 2015 season opener.
• 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 2014 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 the 2014 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 scorers from the 2014 season return to action, including All-Patriot League Second Team forward Charlotte Miller .
• 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.
• Loyola kicks off a five-game road swing, starting with Temple University on Friday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
• Natalie Zelensky scored both of Delaware’s goals, including the game winner in the 108th minute, to get the Blue Hens the 2-1 season-opening victory Friday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Loyola’s lone goal came from Rosy Hayes , as she played Morgan Crable’s throw in from 20-plus yards on the high right-side of the field. The senior captain struck the ball and it curled under the crossbar, tipped the fingers of Blue Hens’ goalkeeper Kailyn Rekos and fell into the back of the goal in the 62nd minute.
• Loyola’s goalkeeper Colleen Folan finished with six saves, while Rekos faced only one shot on goal, the tally from Hayes.
• Monmouth University, the two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season champion, was selected as the 2014 preseason favorite.
• Forwards Alexis McTamney and Rachelle Ross, along with midfielder Brianne Boyle, were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team.
• The Hawks finished the 2014 season 15-5-0 overall and 9-1-0 in the MAAC. The squad finished the same campaign ranked 10th in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Northeast Region poll.
• At the end of the 2014 regular season, Monmouth claimed three of the MAAC’s five major awards (Rachelle Ross, Rookie of the Year; Alexa Freguletti, Defensive Player of the Year; Krissy Turner, Coach of the Year), and placed nine athletes on one of the All-MAAC teams.
• Seven of the nine 2014 All-MAAC selections return to the 2015 squad, including forwards Rachelle Ross Erica Murphy, Alexis McTamney; midfielders Brianne Boyle and Julie Spracklin; and defenders Colleen Howard and Monique Goncalves.
SERIES WITH THE HAWKS
• This will mark the first time Loyola and Monmouth have met since 1995.
• The Greyhounds are looking for their first win against the Hawks.
• In the series debut, Monmouth traveled to Baltimore in 1994 and earned a 2-0 victory. The following year, the two programs met once again, this time at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Hawks shutout Loyola, 4-0, on September 3, 1995.
A FAMILIAR FACE
• On Monday night, sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen will see a familiar face on the Monmouth sideline. High school teammate and fellow Watchung Hill Regional alumna, Monique Goncalves, will take on Bonnesen and the Greyhounds at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• The former Warriors attended Watchung Hills Regional from 2010-2012.
• The duo helped Watchung Hills Regional High School to a Somerset County title in 2010, as well as, a Group IV and North II semifinal appearance in 2011.
• Prior to joining the Patriot League in 2013, Loyola was in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for 20 years. Following the Greyhounds’ departure, Monmouth joined the conference that same year.
• The Hawks picked up where the Greyhounds left off. Following Loyola’s final season in the MAAC, and its last conference title as a member institution in 2012, the Hawks entered the 2013 conference tournament and defeated Fairfield in the title game.
• In its first two seasons in the MAAC, Monmouth has posted a 17-1-2 record in conference matches, tallying an overall record of 31-7-2. Conversely, Monmouth has won only one tournament title, despite winning the regular-season every year since (2013 and 2014).
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 11 true freshmen joining 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, which 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.