Senior forward Nichole Schiro enters the 2012 season as the all-time leading scorer in Greyhound history with 37.
Schiro also had 85 career points, just four points behind Carolyn Kennington for first all-time.
She ranked second in the MAAC overall with 13 goals and first in league play with nine.
Down to the Wire
Loyola needed wins in its final two games of the season to qualify for the MAAC Championship last year.
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 played 10 games last year that were decided by one goal in 2011, going 4-6 in those contests.
Norcia Provides Spark
Coming into the 2011 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.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Sophomore keeper Didi Haracic recorded 96 saves in 2011, 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.
In The Coaches Box
Katherine Remy Vettori enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 42-32-11 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.