Senior Day For Women's Soccer Set For Sunday
|Opponent||The United States Naval Academy Midshipmen|
|Date||Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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The Greyhounds (6-8-2, 2-3-2 Patriot League)
Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the offense with four goals and nine points, while junior Charlotte Miller has eight points on two goals and three assists.
Rosy Hayes and Maddie Boccio are tied for third on the team with four points each (two goals, two assists). Sophomore Jess Soldiviero also has two goals, recording five points with an additional assist.
Sophomores Nicole Wahlig and Kelsey Targarona have both scored one goal, while Alyssa Bonnesen, Brooke Kerrigan and Morgan Crable each have points due to assists.
In goal, senior Colleen Folan has played 1,490 minutes, recording eight shutouts this season. She has made 57 saves for a .768 save percentage.
The United States Naval Academy (10-3-4, 5-1-1 Patriot League)
Navy is tied with Colgate for first place (5-1-1, 16 points) in the Patriot League with two matches remaining. The Midshipmen have clinced a berth to the 2014 league tournament, following a win over Lehigh on Wednesday.
Navy is unbeaten in its last eight matches, giving up only three goals during that time.
The Midshipmen have only one Patriot League loss. Navy opened Patriot League action against Boston University, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Terriers. On the flip side, Loyola has two league victories, including Boston University and American.
Four Midshipmen have recorded four or more goals this season, while 10 players have tabbed two assists.
Dayton Wetherby, Taygan Grundy, Chelsea Pixa and Haley Wahrhaftig have all seen time in goal for Navy. Wetherby played in all but one game, recording 1,372 minutes. She has made 56 saves for a .836 save percentage.
Series History vs. The Midshipmen
Navy has won the last five matches against Loyola, leading the all-time series record, 5-2-0.
The Greyhounds won the first two meetings, 2-0 and 3-0, in 1993 and 1994, respectively.
Loyola will close out the regular season on the road Saturday, Nov. 1. The Greyhounds travel to Easton, Pennsylvania, to take on the Lafayette College Leopards at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Loyola compiled its second-consecutive Patriot League victory, defeating American University, 2-0, on Thursday, Oct. 23.
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 Sunday's game.
The 2014 senior class has totaled six goals, 18 points and two game-winning goals. The five seniors have combined for six assists, 57 shots and 62 saves.
The Greyhounds are 14-14-6 in conference play over the last four years. They won the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship game, taking the title in a 2-1 victory over Marist College. That same year, Loyola advanced to the NCAA College Cup in North Carolina, facing the Duke Blue Devils in the first round.
The senior class has received a number of accolades throughout their four-year careers at Loyola. Tana earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors in her collegiate debut against Towson University in 2011. That same year, Santangelo was named to the MAAC All-Rookie team as a defender. During their senior campaigns, Santangelo and Folan earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, respectively.
11 of Loyola's 16 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.
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 accumulated a 13-game unbeaten streak, before losing to Boston Universitiy on Thursday, Oct. 22.
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.
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.
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.