Schiro Named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year

Nov. 3, 2011

BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior forward Nichole Schiro was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, highlighting seven Loyola University Maryland women's soccer players who were honored at the annual MAAC Awards Banquet held on Thursday night in Baltimore, Md.

Schiro became the third player in Greyhound history to earn the honor, joining Ali Adrezejewski as the only players to win the award in back-to-back years after being named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. She finished third in the MAAC in scoring during the regular-season, scoring 11 goals and dishing out four assists to total 26 points, the seventh most in a single season in Greyhound history.

The Okemos, Mich., native led the league in conference games with nine goals, scoring four in the final weekend to help qualify the Greyhounds for the 2011 Chick-fil-A MAAC Championship and earning her second MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

Schiro notched the first Loyola hat-trick since 2005 in the first-half of a, 6-1, win over Manhattan, breaking the school career goal-scoring record in the process. She added an overtime goal in the 97th-minute of a, 1-0, win over Saint Peter's in the final game of the season that qualified Loyola for the MAAC tournament.

Schiro was joined by junior defender Kelsey Rene on the All-MAAC First Team. Rene anchored the Loyola defense from her center-back position, helping the team finish second in the conference in MAAC games in goals allowed with a 1.00 per game average.

The Greyhounds landed three on the All-MAAC Second Team, including sophomore defender Jenny Thornton, junior midfielder Gigi Mangione and sophomore goalkeeper Didi Haracic.

Thornton helped solidify the Greyhound defense, moving to outside back at the beginning of this season and becoming an important part of the back line that allowed only nine goals in conference play.

Mangione earned her first MAAC honor, being named to the second team after finishing third on Loyola with nine points, tallying two goals and five assists.

In her first season as the starting goalkeeper, Haracic was named to the second team after finishing fourth in the MAAC with 93 saves. She is just the sixth goalkeeper in Loyola history to eclipse the 90-save mark in a single season.

Loyola also had a pair of freshman honored, as midfielder Amanda Reverberi and defender Kelly Santangelo were each named to the All-MAAC Rookie Team.  Santangelo stepped in this season and became an important part of the Greyhound defense, playing both the central and outside back rolls. Reverberi overcame an early season injury and has played key minutes for Loyola in the central midfield. The Massapequa, N.Y., native finished with three assists in 12 games played.

Schiro and Mangione were also among five Greyhounds named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Sophomore defender Taylor Bryant, junior defender Kelsey Donohue and sophomore forward Katelyn McFadden also earned the honor by having grade-point average above a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

The Greyhounds battle No. 2 seed Niagara in a MAAC semifinal contest on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.