Ippolito Earns MAAC Defensive Award

Sept. 13, 2010

EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland sophomore goalkeeper Danielle Ippolito was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the league office announced.

Ippolito helped the Greyhounds to a 1-0-1 record last weekend, as they defeated George Washington, 1-0 in overtime on Friday, and tied La Salle, 1-1, on Sunday.

In Sunday's game against the Explorers, Ippolito made a career-high 14 saves, topping her previous best of nine set earlier this year at Nebraska. Several of her saves came on one-on-one breakaway opportunities by La Salle.

She had nine saves in the second half and overtime against the Explorers, and three times, La Salle's Renee Washington was one-on-one against Ippolito, but the sophomore made sliding and diving saves against the shots.

Ippolito also tipped a shot over the crossbar for a save and blocked a hard shot in the second overtime.

On Friday night, Ippolito registered the first shutout of her collegiate career, holding George Washington scoreless for over 96 mintues. She had five saves, including three in the final 10 minutes of regulation in the Greyhounds victory.

The award is the first of Ippolito's career and the first of the season for Loyola. Last year, Ippolito was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team as a freshman.

Loyola is on the road this weekend for a pair of games. The Greyhounds take on Missouri on Friday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. (Central). They then face Saint Louis at 2 p.m. (Central) on Sunday, September 19.