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Women's Soccer Hosts Niagara In MAAC Semifinal Friday


Nov. 1, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Niagara Purple Eagles
Date Friday, November 4, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Kicks

  • The Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer team qualified for its 19th Chick-fil-A MAAC Championship appearance and will take on the No. 2 seed Niagara Purple Eagles on Friday night at 7 p.m. in a semifinal contest at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Loyola got a pair of wins, defeating Manhattan, 6-1, and Saint Peter’s, 1-0 (OT), in order to qualify for the MAAC Championship.
  • Junior Forward Nichole Schiro scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Manhattan and the game-winning overtime goal against Saint Peter’s, to become the all-time leading goal scorer in program history with 35. Her overtime goal against Saint Peter’s sent the Greyhounds to the MAAC tournament.
  • No. 1 seed Marist takes on No. 4 seed Fairfield in the first match of the night starting at 4 p.m.
  • This is the second-straight year that Ridley has hosted the conference tournament and the first time the Greyhounds will be participating. Overall, the school has hosted the championship seven times, with Loyola qualifying in six of those.
  • The Greyhounds are 6-3 all-time in MAAC Championship matches played at Loyola, winning two conference titles on their home field. 
  • Loyola has the most most MAAC Championship appearances with 19 along with the most tournament titles with nine. Fairfield is second with seven all-time titles.

Scouting the Purple Eagles

  • The Purple Eagles qualified for the MAAC Championship for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, claiming the No. 2 seed with 17 points (5-2-2 record).
  • Niagara was picked to finish seventh in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
  • Niagara ranked third in the MAAC in goals scored (16) and goals against (10) during conference play.
  • Breanna Catipovic led the Purple Eagles with 17 points, scoring eight goals and notching one assist. Kayla Picaco was second with five goals.
  • Gabrielle Wilson notched five shutouts this season, the second-most for any keeper in the MAAC.
  • Niagara has advanced to the title game four times in program history, winning one MAAC tournament title back in 2006 when they defeated Siena, 2-1. 

Series with Niagara

  • This will be the 23rd all-time meeting between the Greyhounds and Purple Eagles, with Loyola holding a 21-0-1 advantage in the series.
  • Loyola has won the last five match-ups, including a 3-2 victory earlier this season on the road.
  • The Greyhounds have posted a 10-0-0 record against the Purple Eagles in Baltimore. Loyola has outscored Niagara 21-4 in those 10 matches.

Loyola vs. Niagara in MAAC Championship

  • The two sides have met three times in MAAC Championship play, with Loyola claiming all three victories. The Greyhounds have defeated Niagara by scores of 3-2, 2-0 and 5-4 (OT) in those three meetings.
  • The last time the teams met in the MAAC tournament was in 2009 in Orlando, Fla, with Loyola winning 3-2, and taking the tournament crown.
  • The teams have never played a MAAC semifinal match against each other. Loyola has defeated Niagara twice in the MAAC title game and once in the quarterfinals.

Loyola vs. MAAC

  • The Greyhounds have registered a 134-17-15 in regular-season play against MAAC foes and 161-23-21 overall.
  • Loyola has seven regular-season MAAC titles, with the last coming in 2009.

Loyola in MAAC Championship

  • The Greyhounds are making their 19th appearance in the MAAC Championship out of 20 years in the conference.
  • Loyola has advanced to 17 title games, winning nine of those. 
  • The Greyhounds last won a tournament title in 2009, beating Niagara, 3-2.
  • Loyola is 26-5-7 overall in MAAC tournament games and 13-2-2 in semifinal matches.

When hosting the MAAC Championship

  • This is the second-straight year that Ridley has hosted the conference tournament and the first time the Greyhounds will be participating. Overall, the school has hosted the championship seven times, with Loyola qualifying in six of those.
  • Loyola has not played a home MAAC Championship game since 2007. The team lost to Fairfield, 1-0, in the title game that year.
  • The Greyhounds are 6-3 all-time in MAAC Championship matches played at Loyola, winning two conference titles on their home field.

Greyhounds as the No. 3 Seed

  • This is the 4th time in Loyola’s 19 appearances that the Greyhounds have been the No. 3 seed.
  • In the previous three times the Greyhounds have been the No. 3 seed, they have won the tournament title.
  • The last time the Greyhounds were the No. 3 seed was in 2007, when they defeated Fairfield, 2-0, in the semifinals and Marist, 2-0, in the finals.

Current Greyhounds in MAAC Tournament

  • Nine current Greyhounds were members of the 2009 MAAC Championship title team, including junior captain Gigi Mangione who was named MVP of the tournament.
  • Schiro scored the game-tying goal in the quarterfinals against Manhattan in a penalty shootout victory. Schiro and Mangione each converted on a penalty kick while Danielle Ippolito made five saves and won the game by stopping a penalty kick in the sixth round.
  • Mangione tallied in the 3-1 semifinal victory against Canisius while Tessa McClenahan recorded an assist.
  • Mangione scored the game-tying goal, and McClenahan notched the game-winner in the title game against Niagara. Loyola trailed 2-0 in that contest before coming back to win.