Women's Soccer Set To Take On Howard And Saint Joseph's

Sept. 4, 2014

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Opponent Howard Bison
Date Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Washinton, D.C. | Greene Stadium
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Opponent Saint Joseph's Hawks
Date Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Time 3 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md.| Ridley Athletic Complex
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Howard Bison (0-2-0)
• The Bison are coming off a week of rest and practice, after being shutout in the team’s home opener against UMBC last Friday, Aug. 29. 
• A week earlier, Howard dropped a 2-1 road decision to the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in the season opener on Friday, Aug. 22. Following the match, Nia Walcott was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The senior captain scored the Bison’s lone goal of the season at VMI, recording a game-high four shots, three on goal. 
• This season marks the Bison’s inaugural year in the SWAC as an affiliate member in women’s soccer. 
• Howard brings back 14 returners from last year’s team that went 6-7-2 overall in 2013. 

Series History vs. Howard
• Loyola leads the series, 1-0-1.
• In the last match, both teams walked away from Ridley Athletic Complex with one goal each following 110 minutes of action on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. 
• Previously, the two squads met in 1997, where the Greyhounds won in a 12-0 decision. 
• The match went down as the largest shutout victory in program history at the time, only to be topped by a 13-0 win against Delaware State in 2002.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks (1-3-0)
• Saint Joseph’s brings a 1-3-0 record into the weekend, but are coming off three-straight shutout loses to Hofstra (5-0), Temple (1-0) and Saint Mary’s of California (4-0). 
• Two players have combined for the Hawks’ four goals this season, Emily Gingrich (3) and Olivia McEachern (1). 
• In goal, Allison Ebling has posted a 2.75 goals-against average and a .633 save percentage with 11 goals allowed and 19 shots saved.

Series History vs. Saint Joseph’s
• In a series that dates back to 1996, Loyola holds the 3-1-1 advantage over Saint Joseph’s.
• Last season in Philadelphia, the Hawks earned their first win against the Greyhounds in a 1-0 match. Mo Hawkins scored the lone goal of the contest in the 22nd minute, firing a left-footed shot just past the hands of Loyola’s goalkeeper and into the bottom right corner of the goal. 

The Greyhounds (1-3-0)
• Loyola is 1-3-0 this season, and looking for its second win since Head Coach Naomi Meiburger recorded her first victory as a Greyhound at her alma mater, George Mason University, on Friday, Aug. 22. 
• The Greyhounds are second in goals (6) and points (20) among Patriot League schools. Both categories are led by College of the Holy Cross. 
• With eight assists this season, Loyola ranks third in the league.
• Junior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with six points on two goals and two assists, and is tied for third place among the league schools in points. She is merely one point away from tying Morgan Dankanich (United States Naval Academy) in second. Jessica Van Dyke trails close behind with five points, which is tied for sixth in the Patriot League. With two goals on the season, both Hayes and Van Dyke are tied for fourth in the league in goals.    
• In goal, senior Colleen Folan has posted one shutout and has stopped 10 shots for a .500 save percentage.

Up Next
• The Battle of Baltimore debuts at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Greyhounds host Mount St. Mary’s and UMBC in a neutral site game at 5 p.m., before taking on cross-town rival Towson University at 7:30. Two days later, the tournament travels to Towson, as Loyola takes on Mount St. Mary’s at 12 p.m.

Patriot League Honors
• Sophomore Nicole Wahlig became the first Greyhound of the 2014 season to acquire Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors, earning the accolade on August 25.
• Wahlig guided the defense to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Patriots, proving to be a dominating presence in the air. The East Meadow, New York, native won a number of aerial balls for Loyola, which created offensive looks for the Greyhounds. 
• In addition, senior Colleen Folan and junior Rosy Hayes were included on the league’s honorable mention list. 12
• Folan recorded her first-career shutout, helping the Greyhounds to a 2-0 victory.
• Hayes scored the first goal of the 2014 season, when senior Jessica Van Dyke created a finishing opportunity that was blocked by Patriot’s goalkeeper Briana Kottler. Hayes took advantage of the rebound and found an open goal before the defender could stop the ball. 

Meiburger’s First Head Coaching Win
• On Friday, Aug. 22, first-year head coach Naomi Meiburger recorded her first head coaching victory, 2-0, at George Mason University.
• Meiburger returned to her alma mater to kick off the 2014 season, and recorded a shutout on the same field where she played in goal for the Patriots nearly 10 years earlier.

Collegiate Debut
• Freshman Alyssa Bonnesen made her collegiate debut in this year’s season opener at George Mason, starting at forward for the Greyhounds. 
• In the following match, Bonnesen recorded her first collegiate point, assisting on a goal by Rosy Hayes at UMBC. 

Patriot League Preseason Poll
• Loyola was picked to finish eighth in the 2014 Patriot League Preseason Poll.  
• Boston University was chosen as the favorite to win the Patriot League women’s soccer title, collecting 15 first-place votes and 159 points. The United States Naval Academy received the remaining first-place votes and were predicted to finish second with 148 votes.
• The United States Military Academy polled fourth with 101 points, and American University was fifth with 98. Bucknell University grabbed the sixth spot with 82 points, while Lehigh University came in seventh with 55 points. Loyola took eighth with 46 points, three more than College of the Holy Cross at ninth. Lafayette College finished 10th with 37 points.

Meet The New Faces On The Sidelines
• On February 6, 2014, Naomi Meiburger was named the fifth head coach in the 22-year history of Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer.
• Meiburger recently completed her 11th year at Georgetown where she served as the women’s soccer associate head coach for the last three seasons. She helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the second year in a row, and the team finished 2013 with a 16-3-2 record.
• Meiburger started her tenure at Georgetown in 2003 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in January 2011 after the Hoyas’ run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• She worked specifically with the Hoyas’ goalkeepers and defenders, and was instrumental in the development of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region All-America goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (2007-2010). Under Meiburger’s leadership, DesJardin and the Georgetown defense ranked 42nd out of 325 NCAA Division I teams in goals against average (0.809) in 2010.
• Assistant Coach Jim McGirr , a veteran to the women’s soccer world, returns to Loyola after spending a year on the Evergreen Campus from 2002-03 as an assistant to then-Head Coach Joe Mallia. During his time, he helped the Greyhounds to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Prior to his return, McGirr spent nine seasons as the head coach at Providence College. In his first stint at head coach, he trained and developed five Big East All-Conference players and led the Friars to the 2011 Big East quarterfinals. The next year, the Friars received the 2012 NCAA Public Recognition Award given to the top 10 percent of teams nationally in the Academic Progress Rate report.
• Assistant Coach Stephen McKenna came to Loyola after serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown University with Meiburger. He helped the Hoyas to a 16-3-2 season and the team’s second-consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance.
• The final addition to Meiburger’s staff is former West Virginia University standout and current Western New York Flash player Erica Henderson . The Rochester, New York, native will serve as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 season. 
• Henderson led West Virginia to two BIG EAST Championships and four-straight NCAA College Cup appearances, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors in 2010 and 2011.
• Professionally, she was drafted to the Western New York Flash in the fourth round of the 2013 Women’s Pro Soccer Draft. In her first year, the squad finished first among teams in the NWSL, going 10-4 during the season.

Key Returners
• Loyola returns all four starters on the back line - senior Kelly Santangelo, junior Riley Piechnick and sophomores Morgan Crable and Nicole Wahlig . The defense held opponents to a 1.53 goals-against average in 2013, contributing one shutout victory against American University on October 23.
• Offensively, the Greyhounds return four of their top-five goal scorers in juniors Charlotte Miller , Rosy Hayes , and sophomores Maddie Boccio and Nicole Wahlig .

Freshmen Class
• The Greyhounds welcome four newcomers to the squad this year - Alyssa Bonnesen (Stirling, N.J.), Lauryn Davidson (Deer Park, N.Y.), Zoe Derrickson (Baltimore, Md.) and Courtney Simpson (Marlton, N.J.). 

Team Captains
• Seniors Colleen Folan , Lindsay LeSavage and Kelly Santangelo return to the Greyhounds’ lineup as captains for the 2014 season. 
• Folan, the 2014-15 president of Loyola’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, brings leadership and experience to the team. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania, native played in three matches as goalie, twice as the starting keeper for the Greyhounds in 2013. Folan logged 11 saves during her career to go along with an impressive .864 save percentage. She set a career-high mark in saves during the season opener at Towson last year, stopping five shots in a win against the Tigers.
• LeSavage returns to Loyola after playing in 14 matches during her collegiate career. The Lithia, Florida, native finished her rookie campaign with three shots, including one on net against Saint Louis University. The following season, Loyola won every game in which LeSavage contributed playing time, boosting the team to an impressive 12-6-4 record, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA College Cup.
• Santangelo, a driving force for the Greyhounds’ defense, returns to Loyola with both playing and leadership experience. The middle back helped Loyola hold teams scoreless for 389 minutes from October 21 - November 4 of her junior year. That same season, Santangelo proved to be strong at both ends of the field, recording her first collegiate goal in a 6-0 shutout against Saint Peter’s. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team as a defender and guided the Greyhounds to a conference title the following season in Poughkeepsie, New York.