2010 Women's Soccer Season-In-Review

Dec. 14, 2010

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Looking Back

  • Loyola University Maryland women's soccer closed the 2010 regular season with a 9-9-2 overall record and 5-4-0 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Top Billing
  • Sophomore forward Nichole Schiro earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors after finishing the season with 15 goals.
  • In just two seasons at Loyola, Schiro has scored 24 goals in 43 games and is tied for fifth all-time - with Christina Gomez (2006-09) and Courtney Arikian (2003-06) - in career goals. She enters the 2011 season one goal away from tying another former teammate, Theresa Ferraina for fourth place.
  • Schiro's 15 goals are tied for second on the Greyhounds' single-season chart with Ali Andrzejewski's 2005 total. Andrzejewski holds the school record with 18 in 2004. Schiro's 31 points this year are third behind Andrzejewski's 43 and 32 from 2005 and 2005.

All-MAAC Honors
  • In addition to Schiro's Co-Offensive Player of the Year honor, three Greyhounds were named to the All-MAAC First Team. Schiro was joined by senior midfielder Kelly Farrell and senior back Lina Staropoli.
  • Farrell led the Greyhounds this year with seven assists, and she also had two goals for 11 total points, second-best on the team. From her outside midfielder position, the senior is tied for fourth in the MAAC in total assists.
  • She wrapped up her four-year career with 10 goals and 15 assists for 35 total points. Farrell's 15 assists are tied for eighth all-time at Loyola. She also earned All-MAAC Second Team honors as a junior in 2009. 
  • Staropoli was an anchor of the Loyola defense throughout her career. The past two seasons, she moved from her natural position of defensive midfielder to center back. This year, Staropoli finished with a goal and three assists.
  • She played in all 81 matches over the last four years, starting all but one when she stepped aside on Senior Day 2009 to let one of her teammates take the field at the beginning of the game. Staropoli, who also was a 2009 All-MAAC First Team honoree, scored seven goals and assisted on 18 others for 32 points in her career. Her 18 assists are tied for third all-time at the school with Annie DiPalo (1999-2002).

Nationally Speaking
  • Nichole Schiro's season was one of the top scoring years by anyone in NCAA Division I in 2010. Her 0.75 goals per game were seventh-best in Division I, and her 15 goals were tied for ninth.
  • Additionally, Schiro was tied for 21st nationally with 1.55 points per game and tied for 29th with 31 total points.

Last Time Out
  • Rider's Claire Thompson scored with 5:27 remaining in regulation to lift the Broncs to a 1-0 MAAC victory over Loyola in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Greyhounds outshot Rider, 19-10, and Alex Post made 10 saves for the host team.

Ridley's Friendly Confines; Road Trip Blues
  • The Greyhounds enjoyed the friendly confines of Ridley Athletic Complex, going 7-1-1 in their new facility. The road, however, was not as nice to Loyola, as it went 2-8-1 away from home.
  • Loyola outscored opponents 16-7 at Ridley, and Greyhounds' goalkeepers Danielle Ippolito and Didi Haracic posted a 0.74 goals against average in Baltimore.
  • On the road - Loyola played 10 away matches and one neutral-site contest - opponents outscored the Greyhounds to the tune of 24-8.

MAAC Weekly Honors
  • Loyola women's soccer players earned MAAC weekly honors six times this season, led by Nichole Schiro earning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week laurels three times.
  • Danielle Ippolito earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Week honors once, and Didi Haracic and Katelyn McFadden were each tabbed MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Thomas & Farrell Climb Assist Chart
  • Entering play on October 15, Kelly Farrell had caught teammate Kelly Thomas with 14 career assists, but six minutes into the game against Fairfield, Farrell passed her with an assist on Schiro's goal, marking the 15th assist of her career. Farrell's lead, however, did not last long, as Thomas tallied her second assist of 2010 two minutes later, tying her again with Farrell in the category.
  • Thomas pulled ahead in the career assists race on Sunday against Iona, sending a perfect cross to the far post where Gianna Mangione was waiting to bounce in a goal, giving Thomas three assists this year and 16 in her career. Thomas is now seventh all-time at Loyola in assists, and Farrell is tied for eighth.
  • Farrell led Loyola with seven assists this season.

Moving On Up, Part II
  • Schiro, Farrell and Thomas aren't the only ones on the Greyhounds who are climbing the career charts at Loyola this season. Lina Staropoli's assist against Niagara on October 3 was the 18th during her four years at Loyola, tying her for third all-time at the school with Annie DiPalo (1999-2002). 

In The Coaches Box
  • Katherine Remy Vettori finished her third season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 32-20-9 career record. Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles last year, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • Vettori is assisted by third-year assistant coaches Erin Konheim, Amanda Piccirilli and Dave Nesbitt.