Women's Soccer Begins Patriot League Play In Massachusetts

Sept. 18, 2014

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Opponent College of the Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Time 1 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium
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College of the Holy Cross Crusaders (8-0-1)
• College of the Holy Cross is coming off a 2-0 victory over UMass Lowell on Wednesday, Sept. 17. 
• The eight wins for the Crusaders are the most since recording 10 back in 2000 (10-11-1). 
• This year’s 8-0-1 record marks the first time in program history in which Holy Cross has gone unbeaten in non-conference play. 
• Aly Spencer leads the team with seven goals and two assists. Her 16 points are the most of any Patriot League women’s soccer player thus far in the season. 
• Holy Cross ranks first among Patriot League schools in points (49), goals (17) and shutouts (6). 

Series History vs. The Crusaders
• Loyola and Holy Cross met for the first time Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The contest marked the first Patriot League matchup in program history for the Greyhounds. 
• With 36 seconds remaining in regulation, Annie Gavin scored the Crusaders’ game-winning goal, guiding Holy Cross to a 1-0 win at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds (4-4-0)
• Loyola opens Patriot League play on Sunday against the Holy Cross Crusaders. 
• The Greyhounds are ranked fourth among Patriot League schools in points (32), goals (10) and assists (12). 
• Loyola has totaled 10 goals in only eight matches this season. The Greyhounds need four more goals to surpass the 2013 goal total of 13 goals in 17 games. 
• Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the team with nine points on four goals and one assist, and is tied for fourth place among the league schools in points. She is merely one point away from tying Lindsay Muri (American) and Kendall Ham (Bucknell) for second.   
• In goal, senior Colleen Folan has posted four shutouts and has stopped 24 shots for a .686 save percentage.

Last Time Out
• The Greyhounds are coming off a 2-0 weekend, defeating Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s.  
• On Friday, Sept. 12, the Greyhounds recorded their first home win of the season, hosting Towson in the first night of the Battle of Baltimore.  
• Sophomore Kelsey Targarona recorded her first career goal against the Tigers, guiding Loyola to a 1-0 win. She scored on only the second shot of her career, the first coming against Colgate during her rookie campaign.
Maddie Boccio flicked the ball back to Alyssa Bonnesen , inside the center of the box. Bonnesen found Targarona open on her left side, where the sophomore made a left-footed shot into the right corner of the goal. 
• Two days later, the Greyhounds went on to defeat Mount St. Mary’s University, 2-0. 
Rosy Hayes found an opening 18 yards out and took a shot in the eighth minute, but Mount St. Mary’s goalie Rachel Bourne punched out the attempt. Boccio found the rebound and finished the play for the Greyhounds’ first goal of the afternoon.
• In the 20th minute, Mount St. Mary’s attempted a clear that was blocked by the Greyhounds. Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke found the breakaway ball and scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season, making it 2-0 Loyola.
• Goalkeeper Colleen Folan made six stops on the weekend, carding two shutouts on Friday and Sunday. 
Kelly Santangelo , Morgan Crable , Boccio and Targarona were named to the Battle of Baltimore All-Tournament Team. 

Up Next
• The Greyhounds host Colgate University on Saturday, Sept. 27, during Loyola’s Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Patriot League Honors
Nicole Wahlig and Kelly Santangelo have both received Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for their efforts on the Greyhounds’ backline. Throughout the season, senior Colleen Folan , junior Rosy Hayes and sophomore Maddie Bocci have also been named to the honorable mention list. 
• Wahlig became the first Greyhound of the 2014 season to acquire weekly honors, earning the accolade on August 25.
• She guided the defense to a 2-0 shutout victory over George Mason, 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, Folan and Hayes were included on the league’s honorable mention list.  
• Three weeks later, senior captain Santangelo earned defensive honors.  
• The senior captain guided the defense to back-to-back shutouts against Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s University on Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 14. 
• Once again, Folan and Boccio were included on the weekly honorable mention list. 

Conference Openers
• Loyola lost its inaugural Patriot League contest, falling 1-0 to Holy Cross at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. 
• As a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (1992-2012), the Greyhounds posted a 17-2-2 record in conference openers. Loyola was unbeaten when opening conference action on the road, 9-0-1. 
• Loyola won its inaugural contest as a member of the MAAC, knocking off Manhattan, 3-0, on the road on September 22, 1992.

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. 
• Sophomores Jess Soldiviero and Kelsey Targarona scored their first collegiate goals this season, while goalkeeper Colleen Folan recorded her first shutout victory in the season opener at George Mason. 

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.