Women's Soccer Participates In The Battle Of Baltimore Friday And Sunday

Sept. 11, 2014

Tournament Information
Game Notes Loyola  Get Acrobat Reader
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
Towson, Md. l Tiger Soccer Complex
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Match Mount St. Mary's vs. UMBC Retrievers
Date Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Time 5 p.m.
Online Media Live Stats l Free Video
Match Loyola Greyhounds vs. Towson Tigers
Date Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Time 7:30 p.m.
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Match Loyola Greyhounds vs. Mount St. Mary's
Date Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Time Noon
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Match Towson Tigers vs. UMBC Retrievers
Date Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Time 2:30 p.m.
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Towson Tigers (2-3-1)
• Towson is coming off a four-game homestand, going 1-3 in those games over the last two weeks. 
• On Tuesday, the Tigers won a 3-0 contest against Radford University.
• Katie Ponce leads the squad with five points (two goals and one assist), recording both goals in Tuesday’s match against the Highlanders. 
• Gabby Scirica, Natalia Pinkney and Taylor Knier all have goals for the Tigers.
• Erin Quinn started all six games in goal for Towson, posting two shutouts and a .750 save percentage. 

Series History vs. Towson
• In a series that dates back to the inaugural season of the Loyola women’s soccer program (1992), the Greyhounds lead, 11-1-2.
• When hosting the Tigers, Loyola is 4-1-2. 
• The Greyhounds won the series’ first meeting, 6-1, on Diane-Geppi Aikens field in 1993. The series continued for nine-straight years, before taking a break until 2010. 
• Last season, Loyola women’s soccer became the first team in school history to record a win as a Patriot League member institution. The Greyhounds defeated the Tigers, 2-1, in the season opener at Towson. Both goals were recorded in the second half, first by then-sophomore Charlotte Miller and second by then-graduate student Katelyn McFadden from a Rosy Hayes corner kick. 

Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (0-7-0)
• Mount St. Mary’s enters the tournament looking for its first win of the season. 
• The Mountaineers are coming off a 7-1 loss to fellow Patriot League foe, Bucknell University. In Tuesday match, the Mount scored its first goal of the season from Emma Blair in the seventh minute. 
• Jordan Fine leads the team in shots (seven), while Alicia Mirando has added six shots in seven games. 
•  Rachel Bourne and Vicky Cocozza have split equal time in goal for the Mountaineers. The two juniors have combined for 56 saves. 

Series History vs. The Mount
• Loyola looks to maintain its undefeated record, 7-0-0, versus Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday. 
• The two teams last met in 2010, when the Greyhounds won a 1-0 overtime contest at home against the Mountaineers. 

The Greyhounds (2-4-0)
• Loyola began the season with a 2-0 win over George Mason, the alma mater of first year Head Coach Naomi Meiburger . Since then, the Greyhounds have picked up one additional road victory against Howard University, 1-0 OT, and are looking for their first home win of the season. 
• The Greyhounds are tied for fourth among Patriot League schools in points (24), goals (7) and assists (10). 
• Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the team with seven points on three goals and one assist, and is tied for fourth in shot among Patriot League women’s soccer players. 
• In goal, senior Colleen Folan has posted two shutouts and has stopped 18 shots for a .621 save percentage.

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds dropped a 1-0 match to Saint Joseph’s University on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• In the 36th minute, the Hawks (3-3) acquired possession in the midfield and Shannon Mulvey gained control of the ball. The Hawks’ forward sent a long pass to Emily Gingrich, who beat her defenders and finished the play for the Hawks’ 1-0 lead.
• The Greyhounds’ first and best opportunity to score, in the first half, happened 10 minutes into the match. Sophomore Maddie Boccio made a nearside cross to the center of the box. Teammate Jessica Van Dyke grounded the ball and sophomore Nicole Wahlig took a close-up shot, but the Hawks’ defense was there for the block.
• In the final two minutes of the match, Loyola continued to pressure and look to find its equalizer when sophomore Morgan Crable sent a long pass from the midfield to the left wing. Junior Charlotte Miller was there to take the pass and center it to Van Dyke. The redshirt junior turned and made a quick pass to Rosy Hayes , who took a shot on goal that went just high of the cross bar.
• In goal, Colleen Folan made three saves, while Saint Joseph’s goalkeeper Allison Ebling stopped one.

Up Next
• The Greyhounds open Patriot League play on Saturday, Sept. 20, when they fly to College of the Holy Cross for a 1 p.m., matchup.

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. 
• 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.