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Women's Soccer Takes On Fairfield Friday in MAAC Semifinals

Nov. 5, 2007

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Up Next: Loyola heads to the 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships this weekend at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where the Greyhounds will be the No. 3 seed. Loyola will play second-seeded Fairfield in the MAAC Semifinals on Friday, November 9, at 4 p.m. Marist, the No. 1 seed, and Niagara, the fourth seed, will play in the second semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners meet in the Championship Game on Sunday, November 10, at 12 p.m.

TV Time: Should the Greyhounds advance to the MAAC Championship Game, the match will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Sam Gore will provide the play-by-play, and former U.S. Women's National Coach Tony DiCiccio will handle color analyst duties. Jeff Strauss is producing, and Greg Costa is directing, the broadcast.

MAAC Championships History: Loyola has played in every MAAC Championships that has been played, dating back to the 1992 season. The Greyhounds hold a 20-4-6 all-time record in the Championships with a record eight titles to their credit. Loyola has also played in a record 13 MAAC Championship Games. (See chart on page three for more info)

Close Calls: Of Loyola's 30 MAAC Championship contests, 20 have either been ties (6) or one-goal (14) games. Additionally, four games have been two-goal differentials. The Greyhounds have gone to penalty kicks six times in championships history, advancing twice in those match-ups.

This Century: Since the calendar flipped to the 21st century, Loyola has gone 11-2-1 in MAAC Championships competition. The Greyhounds advanced in penalty kicks past Rider in their only tie game (2001). Loyola's two losses came to Fairfield in the 2005 Semifinals (2-1) and against Siena in the 2006 Semifinals (1-0).

Fit To Be Tied: The Greyhounds' 2-2 tie at Fairfield on Friday, November 2, was the teams' fifth draw of the 2007 season, setting a school record for ties in a season. The 1995 squad finished the year with a 10-6-4 record. Loyola also set a school record with four ties in conference play. Four of the games were 0-0 ties. One was a 1-1 draw, and the other a 2-2 tie.

More Tie Talk: Loyola and the other three MAAC Championships participants were evenly matched during the regular season. In addition to the 2-2 tie against Fairfield, the Greyhounds played to scoreless draws with Marist (October 28) and Niagara (October 21).

Scoreless October: Loyola did not allow its opponents to score a goal in seven matches during the month of October. In all, the Greyhounds recorded 690 scoreless minutes during the month and have not been scored upon in the last 700 minutes, 11 seconds of game action.

Third Best: The Greyhounds' seven consecutive shutouts (October 5-28) marked the third-longest streak of consecutive shutouts in school history. The 2000 team put together 11 shutouts in a row, and the 2004 squad posted eight straight shutouts.

Scoreless Streak Scratch: Fairfield's goal in the second half of Friday's game snapped a 766-minute, 14-second, scoreless streak by the Greyhounds' defense. Loyola had not been scored upon since late in the September 30 match against Bucknell.

Last Time Out: Loyola closed its regular-season with a 1-0-1 record in two overtime matches at Fairfield and Iona. On Friday night, Christina Gomez and Lea Day staked the Greyhounds to a 2-0 lead after 57 minutes, but Fairfield scored in the 67th and 85th minutes to tie the game. Loyola outshot the Stags, 4-3, in the overtime periods, but the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Brittany Henderson made 13 saves in the match. The Greyhounds also played an overtime match on Sunday against the Gaels. Gomez scored twice, both assisted by Lina Staropoli, helping Loyola take a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute. Iona tied the game at 2-2 in the 80th minute, sending the game to overtime. In the final minute of the first overtime, Theresa Ferraina had a shot blocked by Iona's defense, then Gomez's shot rattled off the cross bar. Lea Day, however, corralled the rebound and put away the game-winner with 59 seconds left in overtime.

The Stags: Loyola and Fairfield are no strangers to a 2-2 draw last Friday in Connecticut. The Stags enter the MAAC Championships with a 11-6-3 overall record and finished the regular-season with a 6-1-2 conference mark. The Greyhounds hold an 11-7-7 record all-time against Fairfield. The teams have met nine times, more than any other two teams, in the MAAC Championships and are 3-3-3 against each other in those matches. Nicole Cavallaro leads the Stags and the MAAC with 16 assists. Casey Frobey leads the team with 11 goals. Brett Maron has started all 20 games in goal and has played 1,854 minutes. She has a 0.97 goals against average and .837 saves percentage.

Golden Goalie: Awards are becoming old news for Loyola sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Henderson. She earned her fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award on October 22 after putting together 200 minutes of scoreless time in goal against Canisius and Niagara. She stopped all seven shots that were put on goal, including one on a penalty kick against the Purple Eagles.

Assisting the Cause: Loyola's eight assists against Saint Peter's were the most in a single game since having 11 against Howard in 1997.

Looking Back: Loyola finished the 2006 season with a 10-7-2 record and the regular-season Metro Atlantic Conference crown. The Greyhounds, however, lost in the MAAC Semifinals to Siena, 1-0. Carolyn Kennington led the Loyola offense with 17 total points (6 goals, 5 assists), while Courtney Arikian had seven goals and two assists. Christina Gomez scored six goals and had four assists during her freshman season. Head Coach John Byford was named MAAC Coach of the Year, and 11 players earned postseason recognition from the conference. Arikian and Sarra Moller were named to the All-MAAC First Team.

Head Coach John Byford: The 2007 season will be John Byford's third as head women's soccer coach at Loyola. He has compiled a 33-17-7 record since taking over as head coach and is 22-1-5 in MAAC regular-season competition, winning conference regular-season crowns in 2005 and 2006. In 2006, Byford was honored by his peers as the MAAC Coach of the Year. Prior to his role as head coach, Byford was an assistant coach at Loyola for two seasons. He is joined on the bench by Associate Head Coach Peye Garcia and Assistant Coach Carly Draper.

Loyola Player Notes

#0 • Amanda Piccirilli • Jr. • 5-5 • GK
Lansdale, Pa./North Penn
• Saw action in three games, starting one, in goal.
• Started the Iona match and made four saves.
• Also saw action against Richmond and Saint Peter's.

#2 • Brittany Marano • Sr. • 5-6 • M
Barnegat, N.J./Southern Regional
• Played in 13 games, starting two, in the central midfield.
• Started the Colorado College and Marist matches.
• Registered two shots at Colorado College, two on goal.

#4 • Marissa Greco • Fr. • 5-4 • M
Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central
• Came off the bench in seven minutes and logged considerable time in the midfield.
• Scored her first, and only, collegiate goal on her first, and only, collegiate shot against Saint Peter's.

#6 • Rachel Shuck • So. • 5-7 • F
Kensington, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross
• Received progressively more playing time as the year went on, playing in 16 games and starting two.
• Her speed adds a great dimension to Loyola's attack.
• Started the Marist and Fairfield matches, the first of her career.
• Has taken eight shots this year.

#7 • Kelly Thomas • Fr. • 5-3 • D
Shaker Heights, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
• Immediately stepped into the starting lineup as a freshman.
• Started all 18 games at left back.
• Has four assists.
• Notched assists in the win over Wake Forest and in a tie against Virginia Tech.
• Also assisted on goals at home versus Saint Peter's and Siena.
• Has taken eight shots, five on goal.
• Two of her assists were on game-winning goals.

#8 • Sarra Moller • Jr. • 5-3 • D
Manalapan, N.J./St. John Vianney
• Team Co-Captain
• One of the top defenders in the conference.
• Has started all 57 games of her college career as a center back.• Preseason All-MAAC First Team.
• All-MAAC First Team as a sophomore and freshman.
• MAAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 as a freshman. Also named to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region that year.
• Has three career goals.

#9 • Lea Day • Jr. • 5-7 • M
Boulder, Colo./Boulder
• Third on the team with five goals and 14 points.
• Tied for third with four assists.
• Has played in all 18 games, starting 15 as an outside midfielder.
• Named to the Academic All-District II Second Team.
• Scored the game-winner in overtime against Iona.
• Had the second goal versus Fairfield.
• Scored the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw at Virginia Tech.
• Earned All-Tournament Honors at the Colorado CollegeInvitational.
• Scored once and assisted on another goal against Saint Peter's.
• Has played in 57 games, starting 34, in her three years at Loyola.
• Has nine goals, 11 assists and 29 points in her career.

#10 • Theresa Ferraina • Jr. • 5-2 • M

Long Branch, N.J./St. John Vianney
• Leads the team with seven goals this season. Has started all 18 games as an outside midfielder.
• Second on the team with 16 points. Also has two assists.
• Earned Academic All-District II First Team honors for her 4.0 grade point average.
• Notched her first career multi-goal game at Richmond with two tallied.
• Also scored twice against Saint Peter's.
• Scored game-winners in back-to-back 1-0 contests against Rider and Canisius.
• Walked on to the team during the spring of her freshman year.
• Played in 19 games, starting four, as a sophomore.

#11 • Brynn McGrath • Sr. • 5-3 • M
Old Brookville, N.Y./St. Anthony's/UCLA
• Team Co-Captain.
• Has played in all 18 games, starting 17, as a central midfielder.
• Taken 14 shots, seven on goal, this season.
• Transferred to Loyola prior to the 2005 season after playing in 12 games, starting six, as a freshman at UCLA.
• Has played in 68 career games, making 61 starts.

#12 • Lina Staropoli • Fr. • 5-7 • M
Raritan, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan
• Started every game as a freshman in the central midfield.
• Leads the team with seven assists.
• Third on team with 13 points. Also has three goals.
• Earned All-Tournament honors at the Colorado College Invitational where she recorded her first collegiate goal and assist.
• Assisted on a goal against Marquette, and scored versus Colorado College.
• Also earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors that week.
• Assisted on two goals at Richmond.
• Scored game-winners for the Greyhounds against Bucknell and Saint Peter's.
• Recorded two assists at Iona.

#13 • Heather Cooke • So. • 5-8 • D
California, Md./Leonardtown
• Has started every game in the central defense.
• Scored off a Lina Staropoli corner kick against Marquette.
• Played in 18 games, starting nine, as a freshman when she scored a goal and had an assist.

#15 • Taylor Santypal • Fr. • 5-7 • D
Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa
• Played in four games as a defender.
• Recorded two shots versus Iona.

#16 • Brittany Henderson • So • 5-7 • GK
Commack, N.Y./Commack
• Outstanding in goal as a sophomore, starting 17 games.
• Has played 1,582 minutes thus far and has a 0.91 goals against average with an .861 saves percentage.
• Has registered six solo shutouts and combined with Amanda Piccirilli for two others.
• Earned four MAAC Defensive Player of the Week awards.
• Helped the defense post seven-straight shutouts and hold opponents scoreless in October.
• Played 741:14 of shutout ball in goal during that streak.
• Stopped 2-of-3 opponent penalty kick attempts.

#17 • Kelly Farrell • Fr.-RS • 5-5 • M
Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside
• Came on late in the year to play in 15 games and make three starts. Speed gives extra dimension in midfield.
• Scored two goals, the first of her collegiate career, against Saint Peter's. Also had an assist against the Peahens.
• Earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors following that outing.
• Scored the game-winner against Siena, as well.
• Sat out 2006 season with an injury.

#19 • Kristina Balfoort • Jr. • 5-8 • M
Latham, N.Y./Shaker/Northeastern
• Played in eight games, making two starts, in the midfield.
• Saw action in eight of the last 10 games.
• Scored twice and had an assist against Saint Peter's.
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's game-winner at Canisius when she made her first collegiate start.
• Scored against Siena, as well.
•Transferred from Northeastern before last season.

#20 • Amanda Meehan • So. • 5-4 • D
Frederick, Md./Frederick
• Started every game at right back this year after making 13 starts in 18 games as a freshman.
• Assisted on a goal against Saint Peter's.
• Has taken six shots this year.
• Earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors last season.

#21 • Colleen Kinealy • So. • 5-7 • M
Chesterfield, Mo./St. Joseph's
• Played in all 18 games, making 15 starts in the midfield.
• Has scored three goals and has an assist for seven points.
• Tallied the game-winner against Wake Forest.
• Added scores at Central Florida and versus Siena.
• Earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors last year after playing in 19 games, starting 16.

#23 • Christina Gomez • So. • 5-7 • F
Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands
• Leads Loyola with 17 points this season.
• Has scored six goals and assisted on five others.
• Scored twice against Iona and assisted on Lea Day's game-winner in overtime against the Gaels.
• Also scored last weekend at Fairfield.
• Assisted on two goals against Saint Peter's.
• Scored the game-winner and assisted on another at Richmond.
•Earned MAAC All-Rookie Team honors last year after scoring six goals and assisting on four.

#25 • Andrea Toro • So. • 5-9 • M
Darnestown, Md./Connelly School of the Holy Cross
• Has seen action in five games this season.
• Started one game and played in four as a freshman.