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Greyhounds, Mountaineers To Meet in NCAA College Cup Friday

Nov. 11, 2009

Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Greyhounds and Mountaineers will square off in the first round of the NCAA College Cup Friday, November 13 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The opening kick is slated for 3:00 pm at Wake Forest's Spry Stadium. Fans can follow the play-by-play on GameTracker at www.loyolagreyhounds.com.

College Cup Notes:
• This is the Greyhounds seventh NCAA College Cup appearance and first since 2007.
• Loyola is 0-6-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Greyhounds enter the Field of 64 on a program-record 14-game unbeaten streak (12-0-2).
• The 15 victories in 2009 is the second-most in team history with the high being 16, which was set in 2004 (L, 4-0 at Maryland in NCAA 1st Round).
• Loyola is 2-12-1 all-time against teams currently in the BIG EAST
• Loyola is 1-2-1 against the 2009 NCAA College Cup field with a win at High Point, losses at Wake Forest and Maryland, and a tie with Boston University.
• Today's 23rd game of the season is the most any Loyola women's soccer team has played.
• Both teams played NCAA-bound Boston University this season, and both teams ended uptying the Terriers.
• No team from the MAAC has ever advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup.
• Should Loyola advance, the `Hounds are 1-2 all-time against Wake Forest and have never played Kennesaw.

Scouting The Mountaineers:
• West Virginia holds a 2-0-0 series advantage over the Greyhounds, with both wins coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first time the teams will square off away from Morgantown, W.V.
• Much of the offense will go through midfielders Caroline Szwed and first-team All-Big East selection Carolyn Blank, who have combined for four goals and six assists. Megan Mischler led the team with five goals, while Blank and Blake Miller have three goals apiece.
• WVU has allowed just 13 goals all season, thanks to 11 shutouts by goalkeeper Kerri Butler. Butler's 0.59 GAA is 21st in the country.

`Hounds Hodgepodge:
• Loyola is unbeaten when Nichole Schiro scores at least one point (11-0-2).
• The Greyhounds are a perfect 13-0-0 when they outshoot their opponent.
• Ten of Loyola's 15 wins were one-goal games. The `Hounds are 10-1 in one-goal games with the loss coming to Wake Forest.
• Playing in today's game, Theresa Ferraina will have played in more games than any women's soccer player in program-history (83 games).

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' once-a-day on www.seniorclassaward.com or text W4 to 74567 until November 13.
• Ferraina is second on the team in points (17), goals (7) and game-winners (3) and was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year. Ferraina leads the team with 70 shots on the season.
• One of two players in Loyola history with at least 25 goals and 15 goals in a career.

"Super Scintillating Sensational" Schiro
• As a freshman, Nichole Schiro led the team in points (24), goals (9) and game-winning goals (5), helping her garner MAAC All-Rookie Team honors.
• Schiro recorded six goals, four game-winners and 16 points in conference play, all of which led the MAAC. Her four assists in MAAC games were tied for second in the league with teammate Kelly Thomas.

Charm City Child
• Freshman Gianna (`Gigi') Mangione, the 2009 MAAC Championships MVP, was born andraised in Baltimore, Md. and went to the McDonough School, where she was a First-TeamAll-American as a senior and the Baltimore County Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons.
• GG's father, Nick Mangione, is currently the Loyola men's soccer program fourth all-time leading scorer and was a professional soccer player for the Baltimore Blast and the Kansas City Comets.
• Older brother's Nino (2005-08) and Marco (2007-present) played men's soccer at cross-town rival, Towson University.
• The Mangione Aquatic Center, the home of the Loyola's swimming & diving teams, is named after the Mangione family.

Fab Freshman
• Freshmen Nichole Schiro (9g, 6a) and Lauren Norcia (3a) have played in all 22 games this season for the Greyhounds. Tessa McClenahan (3g, 2a) missed only one, Jennifer Thornton (9 shots) has played in 19, Gianna Mangione (2g, 1a) in 18 and Kelsey Donohue (6 shots) appeared in 11.
• The sextuplet has combined for 14 goals, 12 assists and 93 shots. McClenahan won the conference Rookie of the Week honor on August 31 and Schiro won the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on October 19. Schiro, Norcia and McClenahan were all named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.

Kelly Kelly
• A pair of juniors, midfielder Kelly Farrell and defender Kelly Thomas have been vital to the team's success this season. Farrell, who has two goals and three assists on the season, recorded the game-winning goals at High Point and Canisius and assisted on the game-tying and winning goals vs. Lafayette. Farrell was named Second-Team All-MAAC.
• Thomas, perhaps one of the most consistent players for Loyola so far this season, has three goals and a Loyola single-season record eight assists.

From North Carolina, Number 23...Christina Gomez
• Probably not the number 23 from North Carolina that immediately comes to mind, butChristina Gomez is one of the most prolific scorers in Loyola history.
• Gomez' six goals are third on the team this season, while her 13 points are fourth. The Second-Team All-MAAC selection enters NCAA play tied for fifth all-time at Loyola with 24 goals and alone in fifth with 60 career points.

Dynamic Defenders
• The senior duo of defenders Heather Cooke (1g, 2a) and Amanda Meehan (1a) have beenkey in the Greyhounds allowing just 1.14 goals per game, to go with nine shutouts.
• A center back, Cooke is one of just four `Hounds to start every game this season, while Meehan started in all 18 games she has appeared.
• Cooke was named First-Team All-MAAC after being named to the Second-Team the last two seasons. Meehan is a three-time All-Academic Team selection and was an All-Rookie selection in 2006.

1 - Danielle Ippolito
5-8 • Fr. • Goalkeeper • Bellmore, CT • W.C. Mepham
• MAAC Championships All-Tournament Team
• Made collegiate debut at VCU and recorded one save (9/11)
• Started in goal vs. Eastern Michigan and stopped five shots (9/13)
• Started in all three MAAC Championship Games, allowing four goals and made 11 saves.
• Matched career high five saves vs. Manhattan in Quarterfinals (10/30)

2 - Gianna Garfall
5-6 • Fr. • Defense • Voorhees, N.J. • Bishop Eustace
• Made collegiate debut vs. Eastern Michigan (9/13) and also appearedvs. Manhattan, recording a shot (10/25)

3 - Kim Byrnes
5-4 • So. • Forward • Rockville, Md. • Our Lady of Good Counsel
• Has not appeared in a game this season, likely to redshirt

4 - Brittany Yancey
5-6 • Fr. • Midfielder • Clarksville, Md. • River Hill
• Made collegiate debut at Maryland (9/1)
• Tallied minutes in three other games

5 - Taylor Santypal
5-8 • Jr. • Defense • Massapequa, N.Y. • Massapequa
• Recorded a shot vs. Lafayette (9/6)
• Recorded game-winning assists vs. Marist (10/9) and Siena (10/11).

7 - Kelly Thomas
5-4 • Jr. • Defense • Shaker Heights, Ohio • Walsh Jesuit
• One of four Greyhounds to start every game this season
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's goal at High Point (8/28)
• Assisted on Tessa McClenahan's goal at Wake Forest (8/30)
• Assisted on Christina Gomez' goal at Maryland (9/1) and added ashot on goal
• Scored game-tying goal at Niagara (9/25)
• Assisted on game-tying goal at Canisius (9/27)
• Assisted on game-winner and added insurance goal vs. Rider(10/3)
• Recorded a goal and an assist at Iona (10/16)
• Assisted on Nichole Schiro's game-tying goal vs. Manhattan inMAAC Quarterfinals (10/30)

8 - Gianna Mangione
5-4 • Fr. • Midfielder • Baltimore, Md. • The McDonough School
• MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player
• Made collegiate debut vs. Boston University (9/4)
• Started first game vs. Lafayette (9/6)
• Attempted a shot vs. Eastern Michigan (9/13) and was named toVCU Tournament All-Tourney team
• Took two shots at Niagara (9/25)
• Took a pair of shots vs. Marist (10/9)
• Recorded first collegiate point, an assist at Iona (10/16)
• Converted in fifth round of shootout vs. Manhattan (10/30)
• Scored game-tying goal vs. Canisius in MAAC Semis (11/1)
• Scored game-tying goal vs. Niagara in MAAC Championship game(11/2)

9 - Nichole Schiro
5-6 • Fr. • Forward • Okemos, Mich. • Okemos
• MAAC All-Rookie Team
• One of two freshmen to play in every game this season
• Started in her collegiate debut at Mount St. Mary's and took threeshots with one on frame (8/23)
• Scored her first collegiate point with an assist on Heather Cooke'sgoal at High Point (8/28)
• Recorded her first collegiate goal vs. Lafayette (9/6)
• Notched the game-winning goal at American (9/18)
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's go-ahead goal at ODU (9/20)
• Tallied game-winning goal vs. Rider (10/3)
• Netted game-winner vs Marist (10/9) and assisted on game-winnervs. Siena (10/11)
• Assisted on game-winning goal and added score at Iona (10/16)
• Assisted on go-ahead goal and score game-winner in OT at Fairfield (10/18)
• MAAC Offensive Player of the Week (10/19)
• Tallied game-winning goal vs. Saint Peter's (10/23) and game-winningassist vs. Manhattan (10/25)
• Scored game-tying goal and converted in fourth round of shootoutvs. Manhattan (10/30)

10 - Theresa Ferraina
5-3 • Gr. • Forward • Long Branch, NJ • St. John Vianney
• MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-MAAC
• MAAC Championships All-Tournament Team
• One of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award
• One of four Greyhounds to start every game this season
• Assisted on Tessa McClenahan's game-winner at the Mount (8/23)
• Assisted on Kelly Farrell's game-winner at High Point and added aninsurance goal (8/28)
• MAAC Offensive Player of the Week (8/31)
• Recorded a go-ahead goal at Maryland (9/1)
• Assisted on Nichole Schiro's game-winner at American (9/18)
• Notched the go-ahead goal at Old Dominion (9/20)
• Scored game-winner vs. Siena (10/11)
• Scored game-winning goal at Iona (10/16)
• Scored game-winner vs. Manhattan (10/25)
• Scored insurance goal vs. Canisius in MAAC Semis (11/1)

11 - Joie McLaughlin
5-4 • So. • Forward • Smithtown, N.Y. • Smithtown West
• Recorded three shots at High Point (8/28)

12 - Lina Staropoli
5-7 • Jr. • Defense • Raritan, N.J. • Bridgewater Raritan
• First-Team All-MAAC
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's go-ahead goal and took a shot atODU (9/20)
• Assisted on game-winner vs Rider (10/3)
• Scored go-ahead goal at Iona (10/18)
• Converted in second round of shootout vs. Manhattan (10/30)

13 - Heather Cooke
5-7 • Jr. • Defense • California, Md. • Leonardtown
• MAAC Championships All-Tournament Team
• First-Team All-MAAC
• One of four Greyhounds to start every game this season
• Scored insurance goal at High Point (8/28)
• Assisted on Christina Gomez' last second goal vs. Boston Univ.(9/4)
• Assisted on Gianna Mangione's game-tying goal vs. Niagara inMAAC Championship game (11/2)

14 - Maggie Ebner
5-9 • So. • Midfielder • Silver Spring, Md. • Our Lady of Good Counsel
• Scored game-winning goal in overtime vs. Lafayette (9/6)
• Notched game-winning goal at Niagara (9/25)
• Started vs. Eastern Michigan (9/13) and Marist (10/9)
• Assisted on Nichole Schiro's game winner vs. Manhattan (10/25)

15 - Tessa McClenahan
5-9 • Fr. • Midfielder • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • Arnprior District
• MAAC All-Rookie Team
• Recorded game-winning goal off the bench in her collegiate debutat Mount St. Mary's (8/23)
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's goal at High Point (8/28)
• Made first collegiate start and provided game-tying goal at WakeForest (8/30)
• MAAC Rookie of the Week (8/31)
• Assisted on Gianna Mangione's game-tying goal vs. Canisius inMAAC Semis (11/1)
• Scored game-winning goal in MAAC Championship game vs.Niagara (11/2).

17 - Kelly Farrell
5-7 • Jr. • Midfielder • Oceanside, N.Y. • Oceanside
• Second-Team All-MAAC
• One of four Greyhounds to start every game this season
• Scored game-winning goal at High Point (8/28)
• Assisted on Christina Gomez' game-tying goal and Maggie Ebner'sgame-winning goal vs. Lafayette (9/6)
• Tallied game-winning goal at Canisius (9/27)
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's insurance goal vs. Canisius inMAAC Semis (11/1)

19 - Kelsey Donohue
5-4 • Fr. • Forward • Baldwin, Md. • Mercy
• Made collegiate debut at Mount St. Mary's (8/23)
• Attempted two shots at VCU (9/11) and Rider (10/3)

20 - Amanda Meehan
5-6 • Sr. • Defense • Frederick, Md. • Tuscarora
• Started all 18 games she has played in and recorded a shot atMount St. Mary's (8/23).
• Converted in final round of shootout vs. Manhattan (10/30)
• Assisted on Tessa McClenahan's game-winning goal in MAACChampionship game vs. Niagara (11/2).

22 - Julianne Bausch
5-5 • So. • Midfielder • Gaithersburg, Md. • Georgetown Visitiation Prep.
• Has not appeared in a game this season, likely to redshirt

23 - Christina Gomez
5-9 • Sr. • Midfielder • Cary, N.C. • Northern Highlands (N.J.)
• Second-Team All-MAAC
• Scored goal in three straight games (tying at Maryland (9/1), lastsecond tying goal vs. Boston Univ. (9/4) and tying goal vs. Lafayette(9/6).
• Scored on penalty kick at American (9/18)
• Tallied goal at Iona (10/16)
• Assisted on Theresa Ferraina's game-winner vs. Manhattan (10/25)
• Converted in first round of shootout vs. Manhattan (10/30)
• Scored on penalty kick for Loyola's fi rst goal in MAAC Championshipgame vs. Niagara (11/2).

24 - Keri Iheagwara
5-5 • So. • Midfielder • White Plains, N.Y. • Rye Country Day
• Recorded fi rst collegiate points, a goal at Iona (10/16).

25 - Andrea Toro
5-10 • Sr. • Midfielder • Darnestown, Md. • Connelly School of the Holy Child
• Appeared in 17 games and started nine
• Took a pair of shots vs. Lafayette (9/6)

26 - Lauren Norcia
5-5 • Fr. • Midfielder • Pepper Pike, Ohio • Beaumont
• MAAC All-Rookie Team
• One of two freshmen to play in every game this season
• Made collegiate debut at Mount St. Mary's (8/23)
• Assisted on Christina Gomez' last second goal vs. Boston Univ.(9/4)
• First career start vs. Lafayette, and assisted on Nichole Schiro'sgo-ahead goal (9/6)
• Assisted on game-winning goal at Fairfield (10/18)

28 - Jennifer Thornton
5-5 • Fr. • Forward • Arnold, Md. • Severna Park
• Started in her collegiate debut at Mount St. Mary's (8/23)
• Fouled in the box at American (9/18) as Loyola was given a PK(Gomez scores)

29 - Nicky Alagna
5-5 • Fr. • Midfielder • Commack, N.Y. • Commack
• Made collegiate debut at Iona (10/16)