Feb. 16, 2012
• Today’s game marks the beginning of the 40th season of women’s lacrosse at Loyola.
• It is also the second time Loyola will play UVa in its first game of the season.
• Loyola earned a pair of top-10 national rankings this year, being tabbed No. 7 by both the deBeer Media Poll and the IWLCA Coaches poll.
• Virginia is ranked No. 11 by the media and No. 10 by the coaches.
Loyola Greyhounds (0-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)
• Loyola is coming off its best season in recent history, tying the school record with 17 wins.
• The Greyhounds advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2004 and earned a first-round victory over UMass, 14-7, in Baltimore.
• Loyola returns four Preseason All-BIG EAST honorees to the lineup, including all four starting defenders and its goalkeeper, Kerry Stoothoff (9.09 GAA, .465 save pct.).
• Ana Heneberry was named the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, while Kellye Gallagher, Marlee Paton and Stoothoff were also named preseason all-conference.
• Loyola holds an all-time record of 27-11-1 in season openers, including a 14-6 mark on the road.
• When facing Virginia in the first game of the season, Loyola is 1-0.
• This will mark the first time that Loyola has opened the season in Charlottesville.
• In last year’s season opener, the Greyhounds upset No. 7 Virginia at Ridley, 15-7.
• Under head coach Jen Adams, Loyola is 2-1 in season openers.
Scouting Virginia (0-0, 0-0 ACC)
• The Cavaliers made their 16th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament last year, falling to North Carolina in first round action and finishing the year with a 9-9 overall record.
• UVa returns a wealth of talent to the lineup, including preseason All-American Julie Gardner. Gardner’s older sister, Tara, was a former Greyhound defender from 2007-10.
• Julie Gardner was also the team’s leading attacker last year with 33 goals and 27 assists, while Charlie Finnigan and Josie Owen had 43 and 40 goals, respectively.
• Ainsley Baker will also return to the attack (28g, 7a), while returning goalkeeper Kim Kolarik (11.40 GAA, .397 save pct.) will anchor the defense.
• The Greyhounds trail the all-time series with Virginia, 8-21-1.
• Loyola has won the last two meetings though, upsetting the Cavaliers both times. Loyola upset then-No. 10 UVa, 15-11, at the UHall Turf Field in 2010, before knocking off the seventh-ranked Cavaliers, 15-7, in last year’s season opener in Baltimore.
• Under head coach Jen Adams, the Greyhounds are 2-1 when facing the Cavaliers.
• The Greyhounds will return to Baltimore, but remain on the road for their next game as Loyola will head down Charles Street for a 7 p.m. game at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Tewaaraton Award Watch List
• Loyola had three Greyhounds named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List; senior defender Ana Heneberry, sophomore midfielder Marlee Paton and senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff.
• The Greyhounds were among eight BIG EAST student-athletes from three schools to be honored, while the three honorees were the most among any conference school. Georgetown and Syracuse each placed two on the Watch List, while Notre Dame had one.
• Maryland had the most honorees on the Watch List, with four, while five schools - Duke, Florida, Loyola, North Carolina and Virginia - had three each.
• Paton was among only four sophomores to be included on the Watch List.
• Between the men’s and women’s watch lists, 64 schools were represented, which is a record high.
• Loyola hosted the Wales National Team in an international exhibition game Monday, Feb. 13 at Ridley.
• Six different Greyhounds scored for Loyola in the 13-2 win.
• Marlee Paton led the way with four goals, while Cass Cursaro added three, and Molly Hulseman and Annie Thomas each had two. Kara Burke and Joanna Dalton rounded out the scoring with one goal each.
• The Greyhounds have consistently been picked as a top-10 team in the nation this year.
• In the IWLCA Coaches Poll, Loyola checked in at No. 7, while it was selected tied for seventh with UPenn in the deBeer Media Poll. In Lacrosse Magazine’s preseason rankings, the Greyhounds were ranked No. 10.
• In all three national preseason polls, the Greyhounds are the top-ranked team from the BIG EAST, but in the BIG EAST coaches poll, Loyola has been tabbed to finish third behind Georgetown and Syracuse.
Preseason Honors For Heneberry
• Preseason honors have rolled in for senior Ana Heneberry, as she was voted the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was also a unanimous pick to the preseason All-BIG EAST team.
• The Timonium, Md., native was the only BIG EAST player to be selected to Inside Lacrosse’s inaugural Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America first or second team, earning second-team honors.
All-BIG EAST Preseason Team
• Loyola had two unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in senior defender Ana Heneberry and senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff.
• Senior defender Kellye Gallagher and sophomore midfielder Marlee Paton were also named to the team.
• Stoothoff was the lone goalkeeper selected.
BIG EAST Preseason Poll
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the BIG EAST this season, followed by league-favorite Georgetown and Syracuse. The Hoyas - earning five first-place votes - were picked to win the conference crown with 60 points, while Syracuse earned three first-place votes and trailed by one point (59).
• Loyola rounded out the top three with one first-place vote and 51 points, while Notre Dame came in fourth with 44 points and Rutgers was fifth with 34 points.
Heneberry Named Preseason All-American
• Senior defender Ana Heneberry was named a preseason second-team All-American in Inside Lacrosse’s inaugural Face-Off Yearbook Division I women’s lacrosse preview.
• Heneberry is the only BIG EAST player to be honored on the first or second team, while Notre Dame’s Maggie Tamasitis, Georgetown’s Sophia Thomas and Syracuse’s Syracuse’s Michelle Tumolo were named to the third team.
• Heneberry is a two-time All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and has earned dual all-region honors by the IWLCA. She was also named to the 2011 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after helping the program claim its first conference title since joining the league in 2005.
• The Greyhounds will keep 2011 graduates Caroline Hager and Cara Filippelli on the sidelines this year, as the duo join the coaching staff.
• Hager served as a volunteer assistant coach during the fall season and was promoted to an assistant when former assistant coach Katie Chrest took a job at Columbia. The Berwyn, Pa., native started every game her last two seasons and wrapped up her career with 59 goals, 34 assists, 69 points and 35 ground balls.
• Filapelli returned to Baltimore this spring to serve as the squad’s volunteer assistant coach. A team co-captain in 2011, the native of Devon, Pa., concluded her career with 59 goals, 18 assists and 77 points. She also had 114 ground balls, 64 draw controls and 85 caused turnovers throughout her four years.
• The Greyhounds lost 10 letterwinners from last season, including five starters, but Loyola brings back 17 letterwinners and seven starters, while welcoming 11 newcomers to the program.
• Of the 10 letterwinners lost, Loyola lost all four of its starting attackers, but all four of the Greyhounds’ defenders return, including its starting goalkeeper.
Defense Wins Games
• Loyola is going to have to rely heavily on its defense this season, as the Greyhounds lost seven of their top-eight attackers from a year ago, but all four defenders, in addition to their goalkeeper, return.
• Loyola boasts the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in senior Ana Heneberry, in addition to Preseason All-BIG EAST selections senior Kelly Gallagher and senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff.
• Junior Ashley Moulton and senior Virginia Weber round out the returning starting defenders.
• The quintet played all but two games together last season and combined to lead the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.75). Gallagher was second in the BIG EAST and fifth nationally with 43, while Heneberry was second on the team with 28.
• Gallagher was also first in the BIG EAST and 11th in the NCAA with 59 ground balls.
• Loyola led the BIG EAST in goals-against average (8.95) and was second in ground balls (18).
Stoothoff Back In Cage For The ‘Hounds
• With 369 career saves and a 9.55 goals-against average, senior Kerry Stoothoff returns to goal for Loyola.
• Stoothoff, the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament MVP, has been named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team this year and was also one of six goalies to be included on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
Raw Talent On Attack
• Loyola is going to have a new look on offense this year.
• Of the eight Greyhounds that recorded 10 or more goals a season ago, sophomore Marlee Paton is the lone ‘Hound that will be in the lineup again this year.
• Due to graduation, the Greyhounds lost 73.1 percent (202 of 276 goals) of their scoring from a year ago, while sophomore Taryn VanThof (19g) will redshirt this season.
• Loyola’s only returning goal scorers are Paton (38g), junior Joanna Dalton (9g), junior Ashley Cahill (3g), sophomore Ali Carpenter (2g), junior Kathleen Barranco (1g), junior Cass Cursaro (1g) and sophomore Ali Habicht (1g).
• The Greyhounds lost Grace Gavin (71g), Abby Rehfuss (37g), Mary Heneberry (28g), Meg Decker (30g), Caroline Hager (15g), Cara Filippelli (13g), Helen McCutcheon (4g), Kelly Quinlan (4g).
• Seniors Kellye Gallagher, Ana Heneberry and Kerry Stoothoff will serve as team captains.
• The defenders anchored a defense that led the NCAA in caused turnovers (11.75) a year ago.
• In addition, the trio earned Preseason All-BIG EAST honors this year, while Heneberry was named the league’s preseason defensive player of the year.
Recruits Ranked Nationally
• Loyola welcomes 11 newcomers to the team this year, the most under head coach Jen Adams.
• On attack, Kara Burke, Madison Formwalt, Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas will look to get into the mix, while Elizabeth Barranco, Morgan Holleran, Molly Hulseman, Julie Morse, MC McDonald and Sydney Thomas will join the midfielders.
• In goal, Natalia Angelo will challenge senior Kerry Stoothoff for time between the pipes.
• The class as a whole was ranked No. 8 nationally by Inside Lacrosse.