Oct. 31, 2009
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - Graduate Student Theresa Ferraina, senior Brittany Henderson and head coach Katherine Remy Vettori were named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, respectively, it was announced Saturday night at the conference awards banquet in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In the same voting, conducted by the league's ten head coaches, seven other Greyhounds also were named to all-conference teams.
A Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist, Ferraina finished second on the team with six goals, three in the game-winning variety, and 15 points, placing her tenth on the MAAC scoring chart. The Long Branch, N.J., native, ranks fourth all-time at Loyola with 24 goals and third all-time with 63 points. Ferraina is also one of just three Greyhounds to record at least 20 goals and 15 assists in a career.
Henderson recorded a league and career-high nine shutouts in her senior season while also producing a conference leading 0.81 goals against average. This is the second time Henderson has been named the conference Defensive Player of the Year after being named such as a sophomore in 2007. The Commack, N.Y., native, is second all-time at Loyola with 296 saves and 25 career shutouts.
In just her second season as a head coach, Vettori led the Greyhounds to a 13-4-2 overall record, with a perfect 9-0-0 performance in the MAAC, en route to gaining the top seed in this weekend's MAAC Championship. In two seasons at the helm at Loyola, Vettori has accumulated a 23-10-7 overall record and is 16-0-2 in the MAAC.
Along with Ferraina and Henderson, midfielder Lina Staropoli and back Heather Cooke also were named to the first team. Midfielders Kelly Farrell and Christina Gomez made the second team and back Lauren Norcia, midfielder Tessa McClenahan and forward Nichole Schiro were selected to the all-rookie team.
Staropoli started 19 of the team's 20 games during the regular season at back/midfielder and recorded a goal and a pair of assists. A vocal player on both sides of the ball, both of Staropoli's assists gave the Greyhounds a lead this season. Staropoli was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II second team earlier in the week.
Cooke was one of just four players to start every game for the Greyhounds this season, while recording a goal and an assist. A center back this season, Cooke played a major role in the Greyhounds allowing just 1.10 goals a game this season. A California, Md., native, Cooke's lone assist this season came in dramatic fashion, as she deflected a ball to Gomez for a last-second goal in Loyola's home opener.
A second team selection, Farrell tallied two goals and two assists in her junior season. A fancy handler with the ball, the Oceanside, N.Y., native, scored both her goals in game-winning fashion. Farrell was the only Greyhound to record at least two assists in a game this season, as her passes led to the game-tying and game-winning goals against Lafayette.
Another midfielder, Gomez capped off her final season with the Greyhounds by assisting on Ferraina's game-winning goal on senior day. Gomez recorded five goals and an assist this season, and at one point, scored a goal in three consecutive games. A native of Cary, N.C., Gomez finished the regular season with 23 career goals and 58 points, both of which are top six all-time at Loyola.
In her first season with the Greyhounds, Norcia was one of three freshmen to play in every game for Loyola this season. Norcia led all Greyhounds newcomers with 15 starts, all in the backfield, and finished the season with three assists. A Pepper Pike, Ohio, native, Norcia assisted on two game-winning goals this season.
McClenahan also played in every game this season for the Greyhounds, starting eight of them at midfield. The Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, native, tallied a pair of goals and an assist this season and was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on August 31 after recording a game-winning goal in her collegiate debut.
An Okemos, Mich., native, Schiro leads the Greyhounds with nine goals and 24 points this season. In her first season at Loyola, Schiro finished the regular season atop the MAAC with 16 points, six goals and four game-winning goals in conference play. Her four assists in conference play was second in the MAAC and the Greyhounds are unbeaten this season when Schiro tallies at least one point.
Loyola also had 11 of its team members named to the MAAC All-Academic Team, which requires the athlete to be at least a sophomore and maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point-average. Among those recognized were Julianne Bausch, Kim Byrnes, Heather Cooke, Theresa Ferraina, Christina Gomez, Colleen Kinealy, Amanda Meehan, Taylor Santypal, Rachel Shuck, Lina Staropoli and Andrea Toro.
The top-seeded Greyhounds continue their quest for a seventh NCAA College Cup appearance when they take on fifth-seeded Canisius in the MAAC Semifinals Sunday, November 1, at 1:00 pm, at the Disney Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Loyola advanced to the semifinals by defeating Manhattan in a penalty shot shootout after playing the Jaspers to a 1-1, draw, after a pair of overtime sessions. Canisius blanked Iona, 1-0, in the quarterfinals to advance. In the regular season, Loyola travelled to Buffalo, N.Y., and defeated Canisius, 2-1, on September 27.