Sept. 27, 2011
|Date||Saturday, October 1, 2011|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Free Video | Free Audio|
|Game Notes||Rider Game Notes|
- The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday against Rider at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The Greyhounds finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 2-8-0 record. Of the team’s 10 non-conference matches, three came against teams ranked in the NSCAA top 25 (No. 6 Maryland, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 25 Virginia Tech), while two others came against teams picked to win their respective conferences (High Point and Boston University).
- Four Greyhounds have scored their first career goals this season: Nicky Alagna, Katelyn McFadden, Lauren Norcia and Kelsey Rene.
Scouting the Broncs
- Rider finished its non-conference schedule with a 7-2-2 mark.
- The Broncs are unbeaten in their last six games (5-0-1) and had their program-best five-match winning streak come to an end with a tie against Holy Cross on Sept. 25.
- Rider was picked to finish sixth in the MAAC this year after finishing fourth in 2010.
- Sophomore Becca Kape as a Preseason All-MAAC selection. She helped the Broncs set a program record in 2010 when the team allowed just 23 goals in 19 games.
- Head coach Drayson Hounsome was the 2010 MAAC Coach of the Year.
Series with Rider
- The Greyhounds own a 16-1-2 advantage in the all-time series against Rider.
- The Broncs beat the Greyhounds, 1-0, for the first time in the final game of the regular season last year.
- Prior to that, Loyola was 11-0-2 against Rider in regular-season action and 5-0 in the MAAC tournament.
Last Time Out: Greyhounds Fall at La Salle
- Loyola dropped a 1-0 decision in its final non-conference match at La Salle on Sept. 23 in rainy and wet conditions.
- The game took 3:15 minutes after a 90-minute rain delay halted play in the 29th minute of action.
- The Explorers scored the lone goal of the match in the 20th minute off the foot of Gabriella Carbone.
- Keeper Danielle Ippolito saw her first action of the season, replacing an injurted Didi Haracic in the 15th minute. Ippolito made three saves in her season debut.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
- Sophomore keeper Didi Haracic notched her first career shutout against American on Sept. 21, making two saves.
- It was the first shutout for a Greyhound keeper since Danielle Ippolito had one on Oct. 22, 2010 at Manhattan.
- Haracic has 58 saves on the season, which ranks fourth in the MAAC.
Return of the MAAC
- Loyola owns a 129-14-14 record all-time against MAAC opponents.
- The Greyhounds have the most MAAC Championship titles (9) and most MAAC Tournament appearances (16).
Ridley to host MAAC Tournament
- Ridley Athletic Complex will act as the host for the 2011 MAAC Women’s Soccer Tournament on Nov. 4 and 6.
- Visit www.loyolagreyhounds.com for ticket information
- The Greyhounds have had four players score their first career goals this season: Nicky Alagna, Katelyn McFadden, Lauren Norcia and Kelsey Rene.
- Keeper Didi Haracic also had her first career shutout in a, 1-0, win over American.
Career Night for Norcia
- Greyhound junior defender Lauren Norcia had a career game against Saint Louis on Sept. 4, scoring her first career goal and adding two assists in Loyola’s 4-2 win.
- The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native became the first Greyhound since Kelly Farrell on Sept. 22, 2010 to notch two assists in one game.
- Norcia had three career points in her two-plus years as a Greyhound before notching four points against the Billikens.
Climbing the Charts
- Nichole Schiro scored two goals and had two assists in games against High Point and Saint Louis on Sept. 2 and 4, giving her 26 career goals and 61 career points.
- Schiro ranks fourth at Loyola in career goals and fifth in career points in two-plus years as a Greyhound.
- Schiro scored 15 goals in 2010, which tied for second on the Greyhounds’ single-season chart with Ali Andrzejewski’s 2005 total. Andrzejewski holds the school record with 18 in 2004. Schiro’s 31 points last year are third behind Andrzejewski’s 43 and 32 from 2004 and 2005.
- Loyola hits the road for a pair of conference matches at Canisius on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and at Niagara on Oct. 9 at Noon.