Aug. 24, 2014
Loyola Greyhounds (1-0-0)
• The Greyhounds opened the 2014 season with a shutout win at George Mason, 2-0, Friday evening.
• Head Coach Naomi Meiburger recorded her first career win, ironically on the field of her alma mater, George Mason.
• Loyola recorded its first score in the 33rd minute when senior Jessica Van Dyke created a finishing opportunity that was blocked by Patriots goalkeeper Briana Kottler. Junior Rosy Hayes took advantage of the rebound and found an open goal before the defender could stop the ball. Hayes’ unassisted goal put Loyola up, 1-0.
• The Greyhounds added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute when Hayes and sophomore Charlotte Miller setup a pass to Van Dyke 18 yards out. The senior forward finished the play and recorded her first collegiate goal in the season opener.
• Senior Colleen Folan recorded her first career shutout, tabbing three saves on 12 George Mason shots.
• Rookie Alyssa Bonnesen made her collegiate debut, starting at forward for Loyola.
UMBC Retrievers (1-0-0)
• Like the Greyhounds, UMBC opened the 2014 season with a shutout victory on Friday, winning 1-0 against the United States Naval Academy. Junior Alexa Quaranta scored the Retrievers game-winning goal in the 30th minute, beating Navy’s goalkeeper and finding the back of the net near the far right post.
• UMBC goalie Jen Nance made four saves on the evening, stopping a penalty kick by Navy early in the first half.
• After winning the 2013 America East regular-season, UMBC was picked as the favorite in the league’s 2014 preseason poll for the first time in program history.
• Last season, the Retrievers recorded the biggest turnaround in America East history, going from ninth to first with 13 wins in 2013. The turnaround was the third-largest jump in NCAA Division I women’s soccer that year.
• UMBC returns four all-conference selections and nine starters from last season’s squad. Head Coach Leslie Wray also won the league’s coach of the year award.
• Loyola leads the series 5-2-3 after a t 1-1 double-overtime tie last season at Ridley Athletic Complex.
• Loyola put the first point on the board in the 28th minute when Gabrielle Tana took a header from midfield and made a cross to Melissa Lookingland on the left side of the field. Looklingland played a through ball up the middle to Charlotte Miller, who bounced the ball off her chest and made a clean finish from about 10 yards out.
• UMBC found its equalizer in the 71st minute, sending the Greyhounds to overtime at home for the second time last season. Lilly Rydon played a rebound outside to Morgan Taylor who sent a long cross to a streaking Victoria Burress. Burress sailed the ball above the Greyhounds’ goalie for the 1-1 tie.
• Throughout the game, the Greyhounds outshot the Retrievers, 15-7, and held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
• The Greyhounds will return to Baltimore on Friday when they host George Washington in their home opener. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Patriot League Preseason Poll
• Loyola was picked to finish eighth in the 2014 Patriot League Preseason Poll.
• Boston University was chosen as the favorite to win the Patriot League women’s soccer title, collecting 15 first-place votes and 159 points. The United States Naval Academy received the remaining first-place votes and were predicted to finish second with 148 votes.
• The United States Military Academy was picked fourth with 101 points, and American University was fifth with 98. Bucknell University grabbed the sixth spot with 82 points, while Lehigh University came in seventh with 55 points. Loyola took eighth with 46 points, three more than College of the Holy Cross at ninth. Lafayette College finished 10th with 37 points.
Meet The New Faces On The Sidelines
• On February 6, 2014, Naomi Meiburger was named the fifth head coach in the 22-year history of Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer.
• Last year, Meiburger completed her 11th year at Georgetown where she served as the women’s soccer associate head coach for her final three seasons. She helped the Hoyas reach the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the second year in a row, and the team finished 2013 with a 16-3-2 record.
• Meiburger started her tenure at Georgetown in 2003 as an assistant coach, and was promoted to associate head coach in January 2011 after the Hoyas’ run to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• She worked specifically with the Hoyas’ goalkeepers and defenders, and was instrumental in the development of National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region All-America goalkeeper Jackie DesJardin (2007-10). Under Meiburger’s leadership, DesJardin and the Georgetown defense ranked 42nd out of 325 NCAA Division I teams in goals against average (0.809) in 2010.
• Assistant Coach Jim McGirr, a veteran to the women’s soccer world, returns to Loyola after spending a year on the Evergreen Campus from 2002-03 as an assistant to then-Head Coach Joe Mallia. During his time, he helped the Greyhounds to a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Prior to his return, McGirr spent nine seasons as the head coach at Providence College. In his first stint at head coach, he trained and developed five Big East All-Conference players and led the Friars to the 2011 Big East quarterfinals. The next year, the Friars received the 2012 NCAA Public Recognition Award given to the top 10 percent of teams nationally in the Academic Progress Rate report.
• Assistant Coach Stephen McKenna came to Loyola after serving one season as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgetown University with Meiburger. He helped the Hoyas to a 16-3-2 season and the team’s second-consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance.
• The final addition to Meiburger’s staff is former West Virginia University standout and current Western New York Flash player Erica Henderson. The Rochester, New York, native will serve as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 season.
• Henderson led West Virginia to two BIG EAST Championships and four-straight NCAA College Cup appearances, earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors in 2010 and 2011.
• Professionally, she was drafted to the Western New York Flash in the fourth round of the 2013 Women’s Pro Soccer Draft. In her first year, the squad finished first among teams in the NWSL, going 10-4 during the season.
• Loyola returns all four starters on the back line - senior Kelly Santangelo, junior Riley Piechnick and sophomores Morgan Crable and Nicole Wahlig. The defense held opponents to a 1.53 goals-against average in 2013, contributing one shutout victory against American University on October 23.
• Offensively, the Greyhounds return four of their top-five goal scorers in juniors Charlotte Miller, Rosy Hayes, and sophomores Maddie Boccio and Nicole Wahlig.
• The Greyhounds welcome four newcomers to the squad this year - Alyssa Bonnesen (Stirling, N.J.), Lauryn Davidson (Deer Park, N.Y.), Zoe Derrickson (Baltimore, Md.) and Courtney Simpson (Marlton, N.J.).
• Seniors Colleen Folan, Lindsay LeSavage and Kelly Santangelo return to the Greyhounds’ lineup as captains for the 2014 season.
• Folan, the 2014-15 president of Loyola’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, brings leadership and experience to the team. The Downingtown, Pennsylvania, native played in three matches as goalie, twice as the starting keeper for the Greyhounds in 2013. Folan logged 11 saves during her career to go along with an impressive .864 save percentage. She set a career-high mark in saves during the season opener at Towson last year, stopping five shots in a win against the Tigers.
• LeSavage returns to Loyola after playing in 14 matches during her collegiate career. The Lithia, Florida, native finished her rookie campaign with three shots, including one on net against Saint Louis University. The following season, Loyola won every game in which LeSavage contributed playing time, boosting the team to an impressive 12-6-4 record, a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA College Cup.
• Santangelo, a driving force for the Greyhounds’ defense, returns to Loyola with both playing and leadership experience. The middle back helped Loyola hold teams scoreless for 389 minutes from October 21 - November 4 of her junior year. That same season, Santangelo proved to be strong at both ends of the field, recording her first collegiate goal in a 6-0 shutout against Saint Peter’s. She was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team as a defender and guided the Greyhounds to a conference title the following season in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The Last Meeting
September 10, 2013
Ridley Athletic Complex