Women's Soccer Hosts George Washington & La Salle

Sept. 7, 2010

Game Information
Opponents George Washington
Date Friday, September 10, 2010
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Information
Opponents La Salle
Date Sunday, September 11, 2010
Time 11 a.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland’s women’s soccer team returns to Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex for a pair of games against non-conference foes from the Atlantic 10 this weekend.
  • The Greyhounds host George Washington on Friday, September 10, at 7 p.m. The Colonials enter the game with a 2-2-0 record, while Loyola is 1-4-0.
  • On Sunday, Loyola hosts La Salle at 11 a.m. (please note the time change!). The Explorers are 4-2-0 after six matches.

Series History

  • Loyola and George Washington will meet for the first time since 1997, although they have squared off in preseason exhibition matches for the past several seasons. The Colonials won both prior meetings, a pair of 3-0 decisions in 1993 and 1997.
  • La Salle won its only previous meeting with the Greyhounds, defeating Loyola, 2-1, in 2008 when Loyola played the Explorers in the Villanova Classic.

Last Time Out

  • William & Mary and North Carolina State dealt Loyola a pair of defeats last weekend in non-conference action. The Tribe, which was ranked 16th in the Soccer America national rankings, beat the Greyhounds, 5-0, and the Wolfpack was 6-0 victors.

Picking Up Where She Left Off

  • Gianna Mangione scored the first goal of the game against Creighton, giving the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage in the eighth minute of play.
  • The goal was Mangione’s first of the season and third of her Loyola career. All three goals, however, have come in the last seven games in which she has played, dating back to the 2010 MAAC Semifinals against Canisius.
  • Mangione was named the 2010 MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player after scoring a goal against both Canisius and Niagara in the semifinal and championship match.

Schiro Strikes Twice

  • Nichole Schiro had the first multi-goal game of her career in the season opener against Towson, scoring both goals in the first half. She scored her first goal at 39:30 and the second, and eventual game-winner, at 43:54.
  • On August 23, Schiro was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week for her efforts against the Tigers.
  • In 24 games at Loyola, Schiro has scored 11 goals, six of them the game-winning variety.
  • As a freshman in 2009, Schiro scored nine goals and assisted on six others for 24 points. She scored six of her goals in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action, leading the lead in goals during league play, and she earned MAAC All-Rookie honors.

Cracking The Starting 11

  • Two players made the first starts of their collegiate careers against Creighton and Nebraska. Joie McLaughlin started on defense against Creighton, and Gianna Garfall got her first starting nod on the back line versus Nebraska.
  • Another player, Taylor Santypal, made her first start of her career last weekend at William & Mary.
  • In all, seven players have started games this season after having not started in previous years for Loyola – Garfall, McLaughlin, Kelsey Donohue (Towson, Nebraska), Jessie Knight (all five), Alex Reed (all five), Santypal and Brittany Yancey (first three).

Classy Senior

  • Lina Staropoli has been named one of 30 candidates nationally for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award honors seniors who show exemplary merit in the classroom, competition, character and community.
  • Staropoli, a 2010 Preseason All-MAAC team member, assisted on Loyola’s first goal of the season, a Kelly Farrell score in the 34th minute versus Towson. The assist was the 16th of Staropoli’s career at Loyola, moving her into sole possession of sixth place on the school’s all-time list.
  • With her next assist, she’ll move into a tie for fifth with Ashley Kramer and Katie Elliott.

2009 In Review

  • Loyola advanced to its seventh NCAA College Cup in 2009 and finished the season with a 15-5-3 record, 9-0-0 in MAAC regular-season play. The Greyhounds then traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the first round of the 2009 College Cup and played West Virginia. The Mountaineers came away with a 3-0 victory.
  • Loyola put together a 14-game unbeaten streak from September 18-November 1, the longest in program history. The Greyhounds’ 15 wins are tied for second-most in the annals of Loyola women’s soccer.
  • The Greyhounds retained 60.5-percent of their goal scoring and 80-percent of assist contributors from last year.
  • Nichole Schiro led all Loyola players in 2009 with nine goals and 24 total points, while Kelly Thomas was the team leader with eight assists.

In The Coaches Box

  • Katherine Remy Vettori starts her third season as the head coach of the Greyhounds, bringing a 25-15-7 career record to the sidelines at the start of the season.
  • Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles last year, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Vettori is assisted by third-year assistant coaches Erin Konheim, Amanda Piccirilli and Dave Nesbitt.