In October 1989, the Loyola field hockey team won at Top-10 Virginia in overtime. The following May, the women's lacrosse team made the same trip to Charlottesville and handily defeated the Cavaliers, this time with a berth in the NCAA semifinals on the line. The women of Loyola athletics had arrived, and the All-America connection between those two teams was Karen Paterakis Philippou.
A team captain as a senior in field hockey, she later earned second-team All-America honors as a lacrosse defender in helping Loyola to its first berth in the final four.
"Beating UVA in both sports that year was unbelievable; they were pivotal moments you don't forget," she says. "We were a lot smaller and we proved we could compete with a big school."
In field hockey, Paterakis Philippou was the team's Most Valuable Player as a sophomore in 1987, and she twice earned All-America honors in that sport. She is still involved in field hockey as an assistant coach for the varsity team at Bryn Mawr School, also her alma mater, where she was a celebrated student-athlete.
A graphic designer, she earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Loyola, with a concentration in advertising and public relations. As a senior, she was honored with membership in the Green and Grey Society for her academic success and committed service to the school.
Paterakis Philippou continues her service to Loyola as a member of the Board of Trustees. "It's been such a great experience," says Paterakis Philippou, who was named to the post in October 2014. "It's a friendly, warm environment, and everyone is so passionate about Loyola. I loved my experience here, and I'm very proud of what Loyola has become."
She and her husband live in Baltimore and have a daughter in college and two high-school age boys.