Women's Soccer Plays Host To Marist and Siena This Weekend

Oct. 6, 2009

Update with Coach Vettori Video

Complete Game Notes in PDF

Game 14
Loyola Greyhounds (7-4-2, 3-0-0 MAAC)
Opponent: Marist Red Foxes (5-4-2, 2-1-1 MAAC)
Date: Friday, October 9
Where: Baltimore, Md.
Complex: Diane Geppi-Aikens Field (5,000)
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Media: Video and GameTracker

Game 15
Loyola Greyhounds (7-4-2, 3-0-0 MAAC)
Opponent: Siena Saints (9-2-0, 3-1-0 MAAC)
Date: Sunday, October 11
Where: Baltimore, Md.
Complex: Diane Geppi-Aikens Field (5,000)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Media: Video and GameTracker

Weekend Preview
• The Greyhounds welcome the Red Foxes of Marist and Saints of Siena this weekend for a pair of MAAC regular season games.
• Loyola is undefeated in its last five games (4-0-1) and have won three straight.
• The `Hounds are in a midst of a 22-game (16-0-6) undefeated streak in MAAC regular season play, with the last loss coming October 27, 2006 at Manhattan, 2-1.
• The streak is the second-longest in school history as Loyola won 45 straight from 10/21/01 to 10/27/06.

Vote For `T'
• Forward Theresa Ferraina was named one of ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award October 5. Fans may vote for `T' on until November 13.
• Ferraina is second on the team in points (9), goals (3) and assists (3) and was the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on August 31. Ferraina leads the team with 30 shots on the season.

Last Time Out
• Senior GK Brittany Henderson recorded her fourth shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over Rider on 10/3.
• Freshman Nichole Schiro netted the game-winner on an assist by junior Kelly Thomas, who scored later in the game. The score was Schiro's fourth of the season, tying her with Christina Gomez for the team lead.
• Thomas now leads the MAAC in overall assists (6), as well as points (7) and assists (3) in conference games. Thomas is tied for the team lead in points (10) with Schiro.

The Skinny on the Red Foxes

• Marist tied Fairfield, 1-1, on Friday and were shutout by Iona, 1-0, on Sunday.

• Kate Fox leads the attack with five goals, while three other players have three. Fox also leads MU with three assists.
• Jamie Balzarini is the primary goalkeeper with a 1.57 GAA and .762 SV%. Balzarini also has two shutouts and 48 saves in 10 starts.

Scouting the Saints
• Siena were shutout, 1-0, by Iona and then went on to defeat Fairfield, 2-1.
• Caitlin Calahan paces the attack (7g, 3a, 17pts), while Ashleigh Barone (5g, 4a, 14pts) and Lindsay Tegas (4g, 3a, 11pts) follow.
• GK Laura Ettinger anchors the `D' with a 1.34 GAA and .814 SV%. She is 6-2 in 2009 with 48 saves, allowing just 11 goals in 8 starts.

Top `Tender
• Senior goaltender Brittany Henderson leads the league with four clean sheets this season (Mount St. Mary's, High Point, American and Rider).
• Her shutout vs. Rider on October 3 for her 20th career shutout.
• Was named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on September 21 (at American - 7 saves in shutout - and Old Dominion - allowed one goal and stopped seven shots).

Kelly Kelly
• A pair of juniors, midfielder Kelly Farrell and back Kelly Thomas have been vital to the team's early success this season.
• Farrell, who has two goals and a pair of assists on the season, recorded the game-winners at High Point and Canisius and assisted on the game-tying and winning goals vs. Lafayette.
• Thomas, perhaps the most consistent players for Loyola so far this season, has a pair of goals and a MAAC-leading six assists.

Fab Four Freshmen
• Freshmen Nichole Schiro (4g, 2a), Tessa McClenahan (2g, 1a), Lauren Norcia (2a) and Jennifer Thornton (5 shots) have all played in all ten games this season for the Greyhounds.
• The fab four have combined for six goals, fi ve assists and 43 shots. McClenahan won the conference Rookie of the Week honor on August 31.

Strength of Schedule (Currently 90th in the RPI)
• The Greyhounds currently rank 90th in the nation in RPI, the best in the MAAC. Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston University all rank among the nation's best.
• The Greyhounds faced a brutal non-conference schedule with eight of the ten games on the road.
• Loyola's non-conference opponents are now a combined 55-52-15 (.512).
• Taking away games against Mount St. Mary's, High Point and Lafayette, Greyhounds non-conference opponents are a combined 47-27-12 (.616).

After consecutive losses to ACC schools, #26 Wake Forest and Maryland, Loyola nearly dropped a 3rd straight, but senior midfielder Christina Gomez' goal with one second in regulation vs. Boston University prevented that. The goal was Gomez' 20th career score and second straight game with a goal.

Two Out of Three
• Loyola nearly swept the MAAC Weekly honors as Tessa McClenahan (2 goals, 1 assist) and Theresa Ferraina (1 goals, 2 assists) earned Rookie of the Week and Offensive Play of the Week, respectively, to open the season.
• Goalkeeper Brittany Henderson just missed out from receiving the Defensive Player of the Week award after posting a pair of shutouts (at Mount St. Mary's and High Point). That honor went to GK Kelly Mahoney of Iona.