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Women's Soccer Heads To American For Mid-Week Matchup

Kelly Santangelo
Oct. 21, 2014

*Wednesday's game against American University has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m., due to inclement weather and poor field conditions. 

Game Information
Opponent American University Eagles
Date Rescheduled: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
Time 3 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Reeves Field
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The Greyhounds (5-8-2, 1-3-2 Patriot League)
• Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the offense with four goals and is tied for ninth among Patriot League players for the most goals this season. Sophomore Jess Soldiviero and junior Rosy Hayes each have two goals, while sophomores Maddie Boccio, Nicole Wahlig, Kelsey Targarona and junior Charlotte Miller have each scored a goal this season. 
• Miller leads all Greyhounds with three assists this year. 
• In goal, senior Colleen Folan has played 1,400 minutes, recording seven shutouts this season. She has made 53 saves for a .768 save percentage. 

The Last Meeting
Loyola Maryland2
October 23, 2013
Ridley Athletic Complex
Women's Soccer Records First Patriot League Win In Program History
Loyola University Maryland women's soccer recorded its first-ever Patriot League victory against the American University Eagles, 2-0, Wednesday evening.

American University Eagles (3-12-0, 0-6-0 Patriot League)
• The Eagles are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak, picking up their last win on Wednesday, Sept. 10, against the Howard University Bison.  
• Lindsay Muri leads American with five goals, two assists and 12 points. Michaela Garcia and Marley Jennings each have five points, while four other players have accumulated at least one point this season.
• In goal, Charlene Belanger has played in all but one game, starting in 11, and recording a 1.76 goals-against average and a .726 save percentage. 

Series History vs. The Eagles
• Loyola leads the all-time series with American, 7-2-2. 
• When playing on the road, the Greyhounds are 2-2-1. 
• The Eagles and Greyhounds tied the series’ first meeting, 0-0, in Washington, D.C., in 1992. The two teams continued the series for three more years before taking a seven-year hiatus.
• The series resumed in 2003 and 2004, with both squads winning a game at their respective stadiums. 
• Loyola has won the last five contests, the most recent meeting, a 2-0 victory at home in 2013. Last year’s match marked the first time the two teams met as Patriot League foes. 

Up Next
• Loyola will return to Ridley Athletic Complex on Sunday, Oct. 26, for its final home game of the regular season. The Greyhounds will host the United States Naval Academy on Senior Day at 1 p.m. Loyola’s senior class of Colleen Folan, Lindsay LeSavage, Kelly Santangelo, Gabrielle Tana and Jessica Van Dyke will be honored in a ceremony prior to the start of the game.

Last Time Out
• Loyola handed Boston University, the reigning Patriot League champion and 2013 NCAA College Cup second round participant, its first loss since early September. Prior to the match in Baltimore, the Terriers were unbeaten in 2014 Patriot League play. Loyola held Boston University scoreless for 90 minutes, winning the match in a 1-0 decision.
• Junior Charlotte Miller led the offensive effort, recording her first goal of 2014. 
• Sophomore Morgan Crable used a throw in to set up Miller 20-yards out. The junior forward took a right-footed shot that sailed over the head of the Terriers’ goalkeeper, and into the top right corner of the goal.
Colleen Folan made two saves, recording her seventh clean sheet of the season.
• Following the match, Miller, Folan and Kelly Santangelo were named to the Patriot League’s weekly honorable mention list. 

Close Calls
• 11 of Loyola’s 15 games have resulted in a difference of one goal or less. 
• The Greyhounds held the College of the Holy Cross Crusaders, who were at the time leading the league in shots and goals, scoreless for a 0-0 tie in the Patriot League debut.  
• Three of Loyola’s five wins have come from one goal decisions. 

Defensive Determination
• Loyola opened the Patriot League portion of its schedule on Saturday, Sept. 20, at College of the Holy Cross. 
• At the time of the contest, Holy Cross held the Patriot League’s longest unbeaten streak and was tied for first among NCAA women’s soccer teams for the longest unbeaten streak of the season. The Crusaders shared the top spot with then-No. 2/2 Virginia Tech (10-0-0), each recording 10-straight unbeaten games.
• Then-No. 1/3 UCLA, last year’s national champions, held the NCAA’s longest active unbeaten streak at 33-straight games during that time. 
• The Greyhounds held the Crusaders scoreless, and recorded a 0-0 tie on the road in Worcester, Massachusetts. 
• The shutout tie garnered Loyola its first Patriot League point of the season.
• Following the match, Loyola hosted Colgate University on Saturday, Sept. 27. The Greyhounds dropped a 1-0 overtime decision. Since then, the Raiders have accumulated a 13-game unbeaten streak. 

Patriot League Honors
Nicole Wahlig, Kelly Santangelo and Colleen Folan have received Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week honors this season. Throughout the year, Folan, Santangelo, juniors Rosy Hayes, Charlotte Miller and sophomore Maddie Boccio have also been named to the honorable mention lists. 
• Wahlig became the first Greyhound of the 2014 season to acquire weekly honors, earning the accolade on August 25. In addition, Folan and Hayes were included on the league’s honorable mention list.  
• Wahlig guided the defense to a 2-0 shutout victory over George Mason, proving to be a dominating presence in the air.
• Three weeks later, Santangelo earned defensive honors on Sept. 15, while Folan and Boccio were named to the honorable mention list.  
• Santangelo guided the defense to back-to-back shutouts against Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s University on Friday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 14. 
• Folan earned her first weekly award on September 22, becoming the first Greyhound to earn Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors since joining the league in 2013.
• Folan carded her third-straight clean sheet following a scoreless draw versus the Holy Cross Crusaders, and saved a career-high seven shots in the Patriot League opener. 

Meiburger’s First Head Coaching Win
• On Friday, Aug. 22, first-year head coach Naomi Meiburger recorded her first head coaching victory, 2-0, at George Mason University.
• Meiburger returned to her alma mater to kick off the 2014 season, and recorded a shutout on the same field where she played in goal for the Patriots nearly 10 years earlier.

Collegiate Debut
• Freshman Alyssa Bonnesen made her collegiate debut in this year’s season opener at George Mason, starting at forward for the Greyhounds. 
• In the following match, Bonnesen recorded her first collegiate point, assisting on a goal by Rosy Hayes at UMBC. 
• Sophomores Jess Soldiviero and Kelsey Targarona scored their first collegiate goals this season, while goalkeeper Colleen Folan recorded her first shutout victory in the season opener at George Mason. Since then, Folan has carded seven clean sheets during her senior campaign.

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 polled 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.
• Meiburger recently completed her 11th year at Georgetown where she served as the women’s soccer associate head coach for the last 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 (2007-2010). 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.

Key Returners
• 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.

Freshmen Class
• 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.). 

Team Captains
• 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.






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