|Opponent||United States Naval Academy Midshipmen|
|Date||Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015|
|Location||Annapolis, Md. | Glenn Warner Soccer Facility|
|Getting There||Naval Academy Access and Parking|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Free Video|
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• The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team will travel to Annapolis, Maryland, on Saturday to take on the United States Naval Academy 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.
• Loyola’s men’s and women’s teams have played one doubleheader every year for the past six seasons. During that time, the women have gone 3-1-2, while the men have a record of 3-2-0.
• Loyola’s men’s and women’s team will play the same opponent in the doubleheader matchup. In 2010, UMBC was scheduled to play both teams, but weather conditions cancelled the men’s matchup that was set to be played following the women.
• In 2013, the women’s program played in its inaugural Patriot League game against College of the Holy Cross, marking the only time in six years that the Greyhounds faced a conference opponent in a doubleheader matchup.
• Saturday’s contest will be the first road doubleheader for the two teams during the six-year period.
ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
• Loyola looks to record its second-straight Patriot League victory on Saturday after defeating Lafayette College, 2-1, in overtime at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, Sept. 19.
• The Greyhounds were one of only three teams to collect three points following the opening weekend of Patriot League play. Boston University and Colgate University, squads that were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the preseason poll, also won games in the League’s opening weekend.
• Senior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with five goals this season.
• Junior Jess Soldiviero is second on the team with four points on one goal and two assists, while senior Charlotte Miller is third in points (two), after scoring her first goal of the season last Saturday against Lafayette.
• Freshman Julianna Cabrera , junior Morgan Crable an senior Riley Piechnick have each assisted one goal this season.
• Hayes scored the game-winner in all three victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), UMBC and Lafayette.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan and freshman Sumer Rahe have split time in goal for the Greyhounds. Folan has played 684:47 minutes, while Rahe made her collegiate debut at Temple and has played a total of 60:18 minutes this season.
• Head coach Naomi Meiburger returns for her second season on the Greyhounds’ sideline.
• Loyola closes out the month of September by welcoming American University to Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
• Loyola defeated Lafayette College, 2-1, in overtime Saturday night at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• For the first time since joining the Patriot League in 2013, Loyola won its conference opener.
• Senior Rosy Hayes stole a Lafayette clearing attempt and scored from 20 yards out to record the game-winning goal in the 98th minute.
• The Greyhounds opened scoring in the 59th minute when junior Maddie Boccio drove down the left side and crossed a pass into the box where junior Jess Soldiviero put it on goal. The Leopards goalkeeper saved Soldiviero’s shot, but it bounced free and senior Charlotte Miller collected the rebound and shot it inside the left post for the game’s first goal.
• Lafayette tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute when Katie Brannigan gained possession and sent a through ball to Kaelin King, who tied the game at 1-1.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan played all 97:06 minutes of the match, collecting two saves.
• Saturday’s overtime-victory marked Loyola’s first win against Lafayette since 2009. The Greyhounds remain unbeaten against the Leopards, 3-0-2.
• Unbeaten in its last four matches, Navy is 5-4-1 overall and 0-0-1 in the Patriot League.
• This season, Navy is 4-2-0 at home and has outscored opponents 15-11 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
• The Midshipmen have had 14 different goal scorers this season, with Clare MacAdam leading the team with six goals. MacAdam leads the Patriot League in points and shots, recording 15 and 38, respectively. She is also tied for the lead in goals, with Lehigh’s Sabrina Mertz.
• Navy has also had 14 different players with at least one assist. Eleanor Pratt has recorded a League-leading six assists this season.
• Four Mids have logged time in goal this season, with Dayton Wetherby making a majority of the starts. Wetherby, getting the starting nod for nine games, has given up 14 goals, while stopping a League-high 46 shots for a 1.80 goals-against average and a 0.767 save percentage.
SERIES WITH THE MIDSHIPMEN
• In a series that dates back to 1993, Navy holds a 6-2-1 advantage against Loyola.
• Loyola won the first two meetings in 1993 and 1994, shutting out the Midshipmen, 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
• The Greyhounds went on to drop the next five matches, before playing the Mids to a 0-0 draw last year during the regular season.
• The two teams met again in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament, where Navy defeated Loyola, 4-1.
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 73 shots taken this season, 46 have occurred in the 45th minute or later.
• The Greyhounds have only taken 27 shots in the first half, playing a more defensive game in the first 45 minutes of each game this season.
• Senior Rosy Hayes has packed some power behind her shot this year. In four of her five 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 yards 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.
• Hayes scored the game-winning goal in the conference opener against Lafayette College, Saturday, Sept. 19. The midfielder drove a right-footed shot from 20 yards out that glanced of a Lafayette player and changed directions. It went into the right corner of the goal in the 98th minute for the Greyhounds’ victory.
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 36-5-6 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.