|Date||Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014|
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Colgate Raiders (6-1-1)
Colgate is unbeaten since its season opener on August 22 when the Raiders lost to nationally ranked then-No. 19 Boston College, 3-1.
In their most recent outing, the Raiders used two second half goals by Lisa Doll and Jenna Raepple to open Patriot League play with a 2-0 over Lafayette College on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Doll earned Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for her game-winning goal in the match against Lafayette.
Doll, Raepple and Emily Chrichlow lead the team with six points each.
In goal, Brenna Mason has played all 740 minutes and has given up four goals. Her .895 save percentage is second among Patriot League goalies this season.
Colgate brings a seven-game unbeaten streak into Saturday's match.
College of the Holy Cross holds the Patriot League's longest unbeaten streak and is tied for first among NCAA women's soccer teams for the longest unbeaten streak of the season, recording 10-straight unbeaten games. The Crusaders share the top spot with No. 2/2 Virginia Tech (10-0-0).
No. 1/3 UCLA Bruins, last year's national champions, holds the NCAA's longest active unbeaten streak at 30-straight games.
Among Patritot League teams, Colgate's seven-game unbeaten streak ranks second, just ahead of the Greyhounds, who have gone unbeaten in the last three.
Series History vs. The Raiders
On Saturday, Loyola will host Colgate for the first time in series history. The two teams first met last season, in Hamilton, New York.
The Raiders ended the inaugural series with a 3-0 win over the Greyhounds Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Greyhounds (4-4-1)
Loyola opens the home portion of Patriot League play on Saturday against the Colgate Raiders.
The Greyhounds are ranked fifth among Patriot League schools in points (32) and are tied for fifth with the United States Naval Academy and American in goals (10). The Greyhounds' 12 assists are fourth among the league programs.
Loyola has totaled 10 goals in only nine 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 recorded her third-straight clean sheet last weekend, extending her shutout streak to 343 minutes and 56 seconds She has stopped 31 shots this season for a .738 save percentage.
Last Time Out
Loyola opened Patriot League play at unbeaten Holy Cross on Saturday with a double-overtime scoreless draw in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Loyola had a number of chances in the ninth minute, beginning when a right-footed shot from junior Rosy Hayes was blocked just inside the top-right corner of the goal. The Greyhounds regained possession and Hayes tried again, with her second attempt getting blocked, as well. The rebound bounced to senior Lindsay LeSavage though, who sent a low shot into the arms of Holy Cross goalkeeper Carly McCabe.
Goalkeeper Colleen Folan recorded a career-high seven saves throughout the match, tabbing her third-straight clean sheet. Following the match, she was named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week.
The Greyhounds will play under the lights at Ridley Athletic Complex for a midweek contest against Bucknell University on Wednesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Patriot League Honors
Nicole Wahlig, Kelly Santangelo and Colleen Folan have received Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week honors this season. Throughout the year, Folan, junior Rosy Hayes and sophomore Maddie Bocci have also been named to the honorable mention lists.
Wahlig became the first Greyhound of the 2014 season to acquire weekly honors, earning the accolade on August 25. In addition, Folan and Hayes were included on the league's honorable mention list.
Wahlig guided the defense to a 2-0 shutout victory over George Mason, proving to be a dominating presence in the air.
Three weeks later, Santangelo earned defensive honors on Sept. 15, while Folan and Boccio were named to the honorable mention list.
Santangelo 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.
Folan earned her first weekly award on September 22, becoming the first Greyhound to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors since joining the league in 2013.
Folan carded her third-straight clean sheet following a scoreless draw versus the Holy Cross Crusaders, and saved a career-high seven shots in the Patriot League opener.
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.
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.
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 .
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.).
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.