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Patriot League Play Begins For Women's Soccer Saturday

Sept. 17, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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THE START OF PATRIOT LEAGUE PLAY
• Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer will begin League play Saturday, hosting Lafayette College at 7 p.m.
• Saturday’s match will mark the start of Loyola’s third season in the Patriot League.
• The Greyhounds look to maintain their unbeaten streak against the Leopards (2-0-2) and record their first win against the squad since joining the League in 2013.
• Loyola is 17-3-3 all-time in conference openers and 0-1-1 in the Patriot League.
• As a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1992-2012), the Greyhounds posted a 17-2-2 record in conference openers.
• Head coach Naomi Meiburger looks to record her first win in a conference opener, after playing to a scoreless draw last season at the College of the Holy Cross.

ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola returns home after playing five-straight non-conference games on the road.
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 1-1-0 weekend at the Battle of Baltimore, where they recorded their first shutout of the season on Friday, Sept. 11, against the UMBC Retrievers. Two days later, Loyola fell to Towson University, 1-0, at a neutral site contest hosted by Mount St. Mary’s .
• Senior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with four goals this season.
• Junior Jess Soldiviero is second on the team with three points on one goal and one assist.
• Freshman Julianna Cabrera , junior Morgan Crable an senior Riley Piechnick have each assisted one goal this season.
• Hayes scored the game-winner in both victories over Saint Francis (Pa.) and UMBC. The senior midfielder also became the first Greyhound to score multiple goals in a game since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012, when she led Loyola to a 2-0 victory at UMBC Friday, Sept. 11.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan and freshman Sumer Rahe have split time in goal for the Greyhounds. Folan has played 587:41 minutes, while Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple and has played a total of 60:05 minutes this season.
Head coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her second season on the Greyhounds’ sideline.

UP NEXT
• Loyola makes the quick trip down I-97 south to face the United States Naval Academy Saturday, Sept. 26, at 5:30 p.m.
• The game is part of a doubleheader series with Loyola and Navy, as the men’s teams will face off at 8 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola is coming off a 1-1-0 weekend in the Battle of Baltimore, defeating UMBC, 2-0, Friday night, and giving up only one goal to Towson University Sunday afternoon.
• The Greyhounds recorded their first shutout of the season against the Retrievers when senior Rosy Hayes scored a pair of goals to lift Loyola over UMBC in the first match of the tournament.
• Hayes became the first Greyhound to score multiple goals in a match since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012.
• Two days later, Loyola dropped a close match to Towson, only allowing one goal throughout the tournament.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan earned her first clean sheet of the season, making four saves against UMBC. Folan and freshman Sumer Rahe split equal playing time against Towson. Both keepers made two saves throughout the second match.
• Hayes, senior Charlotte Miller and freshman Julianna Cabrera were named to the Battle of Baltimore All-Tournament Team.
• Following the tournament, Folan and junior Nicole Wahlig were named the Patriot League Goalkeeper and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

ABOUT LAFAYETTE
• Lafayette is 5-1-0 this season.
• The Leopards were picked to finish ninth in the 2015 Patriot League Preseason Poll, as voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors, who were not permitted to vote for their own team.
• Three of Lafayette’s five wins were shutout victories, while the other two matches were decided in overtime.
• Lafayette’s three shutouts have been against teams with an RPI of 278 or greater.
• Lafayette is scoring twice as many goals as its opponents. The Leopards have scored 12 goals, as compared to the six goals recorded by their foes.
• The Leopards are coming off a 2-0 weekend, defeating UMass-Lowell, 1-0, and New Hampshire, 2-1, in overtime.
• Earlier this week, freshman Katie Brannigan was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week after contributing to every scoring effort the Leopards created last Friday and Sunday.
• Brannigan was the second-straight Lafayette freshman to pick up rookie of the week honors, following classmate Annika Sheehan for the week of September 7.
• Melissa Lynskey leads the team with four goals, while Kaelin King (3 goals), Brannigan (2), Anna Wissler (2) and Sheehan (1) have also scored goals this season.
Danielle Sedillo and Kelly O’Brien have split time in goal for the Leopards, while Sedillo has started every match this year. The junior goalkeeper has played 421:59 minutes and has given up six goals, while stopping 10 shots for a 1.28 goals-against average and a .625 save percentage. O’Brien has recorded six saves in the 123:12 minutes she has played. The sophomore keeper has recorded a perfect 1.000 save percentage.

SERIES WITH THE LEOPARDS
• Loyola is unbeaten when playing Lafayette. The series record is 2-0-2 in favor of the Greyhounds.
• The Greyhounds claimed two non-conference victories, a 6-0 win in 1998 and a 3-2 overtime win in 2009.
• Since joining the Patriot League and becoming conference-foes, Loyola has tied Lafayette in back-to-back meetings in 2013 and 2014.
• In the inaugural Patriot League matchup, both teams scored three goals en route to a 3-3 tie at Ridley Athletic Complex. Last season, Lafayette and Loyola played to a scoreless draw in Easton, Pennsylvania to close out the 2014 regular season.

PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• On Monday, Sept. 14, junior Nicole Wahlig earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors.
• The East Meadow, New York native helped the Greyhounds to a 1-1-0 week. Wahlig and the defense recorded the first clean sheet of the season against UMBC Friday, Sept. 11. That same week, the center-back recorded three shots against the Retrievers and Towson Tigers in the Battle of Baltimore.

PATRIOT LEAGUE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
• Graduate student Colleen Folan was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, Sept. 14.
• The veteran goalkeeper stopped four shots in the Greyhounds’ 1-0 win versus UMBC. Folan and the defense held UMBC, averaging 13.5 shots coming into the contest, to just six shots throughout the 90 minutes.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
• Of Loyola’s 59 shots taken this season, 39 have occurred in the 45th minute or later.
• The Greyhounds have only taken 20 shots in the first half, playing a more defensive game in the first 45 minutes of each game this season.

ROSY’S ROCKET
• Senior Rosy Hayes has packed some power behind her shot this year. In three of her four goals, she has found the back of the net from more than 20-yards out.
• In the season opener against the University of Delaware, Hayes struck the ball from 20-plus yard on the high-right side of the field. The ball curled under the crossbar and tipped the fingers of the Blue Hens’ goalkeeper and fell into the back of the goal for Loyola’s first goal of the season.
• Two weeks later, the Northport, New York native score the game-winning goal against Saint Francis (Pa.) once again scoring from 20-yards out. The senior blasted a shot from the central part of the field and made a line drive into the back of the net in the 75th minute against the Red Flash.
• In the fourth minute, Hayes scored from 20-yards out against UMBC, scoring the first of two goals in the first game of the Battle of Baltimore.
• The senior captain became the first player to score multiple goals in a game since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012.

HIT THE ROAD JACK
• Of the seven non-conference games this season, Loyola played five-straight matches on the road against Temple University, Cornell University, St. Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Towson University.
• During that time, the Greyhounds went 2-3-0.
• The last time Loyola played in five-straight non-conference road games was in 2006. The Greyhounds opened the season with five-consecutive away games, including a tournament in Tempe, Arizona. That season, Loyola went on to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season, going 10-7-2 overall and 8-1-0 in conference play.

FIRST TO SCORE WINS GALORE
• Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 35-5-6 when scoring the first goal of the match.
• Of the five times when the Greyhounds have relinquished their lead, three came during the 2010 season.

COLLEGIATE DEBUTS
• In the first two games of the season, eight freshmen made their collegiate debut.
Kaisa Aalto , Julianna Cabrera and Kate Reese started the season opener against Delaware, while Mia Sardella saw playing time against the Blue Hens.
• Two days later, Lexy Andrews , Cassidy Griffith , Sarah Ensor and Jourdan Ziff also took the field for the first time in their collegiate career against the Monmouth Hawks. 
• Freshman goalkeeper Sumer Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple University, playing 15 in goal for the Greyhounds and making two saves against the Owls.

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.

TEAM CAPTAINS
• Graduate student Colleen Folan , along with seniors Rosy Hayes and Charlotte Miller were named captains for the 2015 season.
• This will be the second-straight season Folan has been a team captain.

2014 RECAP
• 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. 

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.