|Opponent||College of the Holy Cross Crusaders|
|Date||Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT BOUND
With a 3-2 win at Colgate last Saturday, Loyola secured a spot in next week's six-team Patriot League Tournament and will host a quarterfinal contest on Tuesday, Nov. 3, as the third or fourth seed.
With one regular-season game remaining, Loyola and Navy are tied for third with 13 points each. Although the two teams tied, 2-2, in the regular-season meeting, the Midshipmen hold the advantage in seeding due to the League's tie-breaker procedures.
Boston University secured the tournament's top seed and will host the semifinals and finals on Friday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 8, respectively.
This will mark Loyola's second-straight tournament appearance since joining the Patriot League in 2013, while it will be the first time the Greyhounds have hosted a quarterfinal match at Ridley Athletic Complex.
ABOUT THE GREYHOUNDS
The Greyhounds' offense has recorded at least one goal in all but one Patriot League contest this season.
Senior Rosy Hayes leads the Greyhounds with eight goals, three assists and 19 points. She is second among Patriot League competitors in both goals per game and points per game.
Senior Charlotte Miller is second on the team with eight points, scoring all three goals and adding a pair of assists in Patriot League play.
Senior Riley Piechnick and juniors Maddie Boccio , Jess Soldiviero and Nicole Wahlig, along with freshmen Julianna Cabrera and Jourdan Ziff have each netted one goal this season.
Junior Morgan Crable has assisted one goal, while sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen has recorded three assists, all in Patriot League action.
Graduate student Colleen Folan has played 1295:28 minutes, posting a 1.67 goals-against average and a .696 save percentage. She has allowed 24 goals and stopped 55 shots. Freshman Sumer Rahe has also spent time in goal for Loyola, collecting six saves for a .750 save percentage.
Loyola will host a Patriot League quarterfinal match on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Ridley Athletic Complex, as the third or fourth seed. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Particular seeds and opponents for the League's postseason tournament will be determined following the close of the regular season.
CLASS OF 2016
Prior to kickoff, Loyola will recognize the senior class of Rosy Hayes , Brooke Kerrigan , Charlotte Miller , Riley Piechnick and Kailey Rote . The Greyhounds will also honor senior manager Chris Singlemann for his support with the women's soccer program over the last three seasons.
Throughout their careers, the Class of 2016 has combined for 24 goals, 25 assists and 73 points.
Defensively, they've helped the program post 20 shutouts in the last four years.
As freshmen, they also helped Loyola to the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship, beating Marist College on the Red Foxes' home turf to send the Greyhounds to their eighth NCAA Championship.
LAST TIME OUT
Loyola clinched a spot in the 2015 Patriot League Tournament with a 3-2 win over Colgate University last Saturday.
The Greyhounds scored three-straight goals in the first half and held off Colgate's comeback attempt to record their first win against the Raiders since joining the League in 2013.
In the eighth minute, senior Rosy Hayes took a shot from point-blank range, but Colgate's defense denied the attempt. Junior Maddie Boccio collected the rebound and blasted the ball past the hands of Colgate's goalkeeper, Erin Cummings, for Loyola's first goal of the game.
Junior Nicole Wahlig sparked two-straight goals for the Greyhounds, the first coming in the 14th minute when she played a long ball up-and-over Colgate's defense. Sophomore Alyssa Bonnesen tracked down the pass and crossed the ball to Hayes for Loyola's second goal.
With 44 seconds remaining in the first half, Wahlig recorded her second assist after leading freshman Jourdan Ziff toward the box. The rookie sent a volley to the near post and put the Greyhounds up, 3-0. The eventual game-winner was Ziff's first collegiate goal.
Ziff went on to earn Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors for her performance against the Raiders.
Colgate spent little time tacking on a goal before halftime, finding the back of the net with 31 seconds remaining in the first half. Later in the 85th minute, Colgate cut the Greyhounds' lead to one, but the Raiders were unable to top Loyola in the final five minutes of the match.
Graduate student Colleen Folan played all 90 minutes for the Greyhounds. She made three saves and kept the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, Sarah Coy, off the scoreboard for the entire match.
ABOUT HOLY CROSS
Holy Cross is 4-8-4 overall and 1-4-3 in the Patriot League.
This season, the Crusaders are 0-7-1 on the road.
Holy Cross halted a three-game losing streak on Saturday, playing American University to a 1-1 double-overtime draw in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Aly Spencer leads the team with 10 points. This season, she has scored four goals and recorded two assists.
A total of 12 Crusaders have contributed to the team's offensive effort, recording at least one goal or one assist.
In goal, Brooke Holle has played 1251:31 minutes and has given up 18 goals, while stopping 65 shots for a 1.29 goals-against average and a .783 save percentage.
SERIES WITH THE CRUSADERS
Loyola is looking for its first win against Holy Cross, as the Greyhounds are 0-1-1 when facing the Crusaders.
The two sides first met in Loyola's inaugural Patriot League contest Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Holy Cross topped Loyola, 1-0, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The following year, the Greyhounds traveled to Worcester, Massachusetts, and played the Crusaders to a scoreless draw.
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.
Nearly one month later, freshman Julianna Cabrera also earned defensive player of the week honors.
Cabrera and the Greyhounds shutout Army West Point, 1-0, Saturday, Oct. 17, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
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.
PATRIOT LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Jourdan Ziff was named the Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week on September 28 and October 26.
The Temecula, California, native recorded an assist on Loyola's game-tying goal in a 2-2 double-overtime draw at Navy on Saturday, Sept. 26.
A month later, Ziff scored the game-winning goal to help the Greyhounds defeat Colgate University, 3-2, and secure a spot in the Patriot League Tournament.
Ziff became the first Loyola player since Carolyn Kennington to earn a rookie of the week honor more than once in a single season, as Kennington picked up two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week accolades in 2003. Kennington also garnered offensive player of the week honors that year and went on to be named the MAAC Rookie of the Year.
FIRST TO SCORE WINS GALORE
Dating back to the 2010 season, Loyola has amassed a record of 39-5-7 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.
This year, Loyola is unbeaten when scoring first. The Greyhounds are 4-0-1.
THE NEED FOR SPEED
Senior captains Rosy Hayes and Charlotte Miller have wasted no time putting Loyola on the scoreboard this season. In three separate matches, the duo has combined for three goals in the first six minutes of action.
On Friday, Sept. 11, Hayes scored her first of two goals only 3:12 into the contest at UMBC. She went on to score an insurance goal in the second half, becoming the first player to score multiple goals in a game since Nichole Schiro recorded a hat trick against Niagara University on October 19, 2012.
Three games later, Hayes and the Greyhounds traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to take on Navy Saturday, Sept. 26. The midfielder scored the match's first goal in less than six minutes. After giving up two goals in the second half, the Greyhounds went on to rally for a 2-2 double-overtime tie against the Midshipmen, scoring in the 88th minute to force overtime.
In the following match, Miller scored her second goal of the season against the American Eagles with 42:15 remaining in the first half. Loyola went on to defeat American, 2-1, in an overtime thriller Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Senior Rosy Hayes has packed some power behind her shot this year. In half of her 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.
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.