2011 Women's Soccer Season-In-Review

Dec. 9, 2011

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Looking Back

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team finished the 2011 season with an 8-12-1 overall record and a 5-3-1 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  • The Greyhounds made their 19th trip to the MAAC Championship and 17th appearance in the title game where they fell to Marist, 1-0.

All-MAAC Honors

  • Loyola had seven players earn All-MAAC honors at the annual awards ceremony held prior to the MAAC Championship.
  • Junior forward Nichole Schiro headlined the group, being named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. She also was an All-MAAC First Team selection.
  • Junior defender Kelsey Rene was an All-MAAC First Team honoree.
  • Junior midfielder Gigi Mangione, junior defender Jenny Thornton and sophomore goalkeeper Didi Haracic all were named to the All-MAAC Second Team.
  • Freshmen Amanda Reverberi and Kelly Santagelo were both selected to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
  • Schiro, Mangione, sophomore Katelyn McFadden, sophomore Tayolor Bryant and junior Kelsey Donohue were all named to the MAAC All-Academic team for having a grade-point average above a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

Non-Conference Season

  • The Greyhounds played an extremely challenging non-conference schedule that featured three nationally-ranked teams and five NCAA College Cup participants (Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, La Salle and Boston University).
  • Loyola concluded the non-conference season with a 2-8 record, grabbing wins over American and Saint Louis.

Conference Play

  • The tough non-conference schedule helped Loyola win three of its first four conference contests. The Greyhounds defeated Rider (3-0), and then won back-to-back games for the first time all season with victories over Niagara (3-2) and Siena (2-1).
  • After going winless over their next three contests, the Greyhounds needed wins in their final two games to qualify for the MAAC Championship.
  • Loyola defeated Manhattan, 6-1, and Saint Peter's (1-0 OT) to qualify for its 19th MAAC tournament.

Down to the Wire

  • Loyola needed wins in its final two games of the season to qualify for the MAAC Championship.
  • The Greyhounds coasted to a 6-1 win over Manhattan, but would need overtime to beat Saint Peter's, 1-0. Nichole Schiro scored the goal that sent Loyola to the 2011 Chick-fil-A MAAC Championship.

Another Title Try

  • The Greyhounds added onto their record MAAC tournament appearances, qualifying for the championship for the 19th time in the team's 20th year in the league.
  • With a, 5-0, win over Niagara in the semifinals, the Greyhounds moved on to their 17th MAAC title appearance.
  • It was the first time Loyola had played in a MAAC Championship game at home since 1997.
  • Marist defeated the Greyhounds, 1-0, to capture its first conference title.
  • Loyola moved to 9-4-4 in title games and 26-5-7 in the MAAC Championship.

Loyola vs. the MAAC

  • After recording a 5-3-1 record this season, Loyola moved to 134-17-15 all-time in conference play.
  • The Greyhounds kept some impressive marks going against MAAC opponents.
  • - Manhattan: won four-straight, unbeaten in last six, and 9-0-1 at home
  • - Niagara: Unbeaten all-time (22-0-1), 11-0-0 at home
  • - Saint Peter's: Won 16-straight, 20-3-0 all-time

On the Defensive End

  • After struggling defensively for the first part of the season, Loyola allowed just five goals over the final eight games of the season.
  • The Greyhounds did not allow more than one goal in each of the final eight games.

Schiro Sets Record

  • With a hat-trick against Manhattan, Nichole Schiro broke the Loyola career goals record with 34. Schiro added three more to set the mark at 37 entering her senior season.
  • The hat-trick was the first for a Greyhound since 2005.
  • Schiro finished the year with 85 career points, just four behind Carolyn Kennington for the all-time career lead.

Schiro Earns All-District Honors

  • Nichole Schiro was named to the Capital One All-America District 2 Second Team, after posting a 3.89 GPA in Biology and being the top-scorer for the Greyhounds during her junior season.

Single-Season Performances

  • Nichole Schiro's 13 goals and 30 points rank as the fourth-best single-season performances in Loyola history.
  • Didi Haracic's 96 saves was tied for the fifth-most in a single season in program history.

Leading the Way

  • Nichole Schiro led the Greyhounds with 13 goals and 30 points on the season, which both ranked second in the MAAC. Schiro led the league in MAAC games with nine goals and 20 points.
  • Lauren Norcia led Loyola with seven assists on the season, good for fourth in the conference.

Rene Makes Her Mark

  • Kelsey Rene scored her first career game-winning goal in the, 5-0, victory over Niagara.
  • She became the first multi-goal scorer other than Nichole Schiro since Lea Day in November of 2008.
  • Rene finished second on the team with four goals and third with nine points.

Close Calls

  • Loyola played 10 games that were decided by one goal this season, going 4-6 in those contests.

Home Cookin'

  • Since the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have posted a 14-4-1 overall record in their new home, including a 7-4 mark in 2011.

NSCAA Team Academic Award

  • The Greyhounds earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year after registering a 3.27 team GPA.
  • Loyola was one of 154 schools across the country, and one of 63 Division I schools to have both its men's and women's teams earn the distinction.

Norcia Provides Spark

  • Coming into the season, Lauren Norcia had three career points, with three total assists in her first two years at Loyola.
  • Norcia broke that mark in one game as a junior, totaling four points against Saint Louis with a goal and two assists.
  • Norcia was moved to forward midway through the season, and proved to be a major part of the offense. 
  • The Pepper Pike, Ohio, native led the Greyhounds with seven assists and ranked second with 11 points.

MAAC Weekly Awards

  • Junior Nichole Schiro was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week twice, the latest coming on Oct.  31 after scoring four goals, including two game-winners against Manhattan and Saint Peter's. It was the sixth honor of Schiro's career
  • Freshman Gabrielle Tana was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending Aug. 21.
  • Keeper Didi Haracic was named Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 3.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

  • Sophomore keeper Didi Haracic recorded 96 saves this season, the fifth-most in a single season in Loyola history.
  • Haracic recorded three shutouts on the season while combining with Danielle Ippolito for two more.
  • In a two-week stretch from Oct. 14 until Oct 28, Haracic played 336 minutes of regulation without allowing a goal. 
  • Had another streak from Sept. 11 until Oct. 1 where she played 247-straight minutes without allowing a goal.
  • Received MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 3 after shutting out Rider.

Career Firsts
The Greyhounds had several players record the firsts of their career this season:
    Lauren Norcia scored her first career goal vs. Saint Louis (9/4)
    Deja Walker scored her first career goal vs. Manhattan (10/28)    
    Taylor Bryant scored her first career goal vs. Manhattan (10/28)
    Chantal Celestin scored her first career goal at Niagara (10/9)
    Joie McLaughlin scored her first career goal vs. Manhattan (10/28)
    Nicky Alagna scored her first career goal vs. Saint Louis (9/4)
    Toni Cowan scored her first career goal vs. Niagara (11/4)
    Kelsey Rene had her first career multi-goal game vs. Niagara (11/4)
    Nichole Schiro had her first career hat-trick vs. Manhattan (10/28)
    Kelly Santangelo had her first career assist vs. Rider (10/1)
    Amanda Reverberi had her first career assist vs. Rider (10/1)
    Chantal Celestin had her first career assist vs. Saint Louis (9/4)
    Didi Haracic had her first career shutout vs. American (9/21)

In The Coaches Box

  • Katherine Remy Vettori finished her fourth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 42-32-9 career record. Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Vettori has led Loyola to three MAAC Championship appearances in four seasons, going 4-2 in those games.
  • Vettori is assisted by fourth-year assistant coach Erin Mandras along with Emily Janss and Dave Nesbitt.