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Patriot League Quarterfinals Tuesday For Women's Soccer

Riley Piechnick
Nov. 3, 2014

Game Information
Opponent The United States Naval Academy l Patriot League Quarterfinals
Date Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Annapolis, Md. | Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
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Setting The Stage
• Loyola played Lafayette College to a scoreless tie on Saturday to advance to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in program history.
• The sixth-seeded Greyhounds finished the regular season tied for sixth with Lehigh University, but earned a spot in the tournament due to the league’s tiebreaker procedure.
• Senior Kelly Santangelo was named to the All-Patriot League First Team and senior Colleen Folan and junior Charlotte Miller were voted to the second team. 
• In quarterfinal action, No. 3 seed Navy will host No. 6 seed Loyola and No. 5 Bucknell will travel to fourth-seeded Army on Tuesday, Nov. 4. The winners will join Colgate and Boston University in the semifinals.
• Colgate and Boston University received the No. 1 and No. 2 seed, respectively, and will have a bye into the semifinal round at Colgate’s Beyer-Small ‘76 Field in Hamilton, New York. Colgate will host the winner of the Loyola-Navy game, while the Terriers will meet the winner of Army-Bucknell.
• Semifinal winners will meet in the title game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9. The Patriot League Champion will receive the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA College Cup Tournament.

The Last Meeting
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Ridley Athletic Complex
Women's Soccer Ties Navy, Extends Shutout Streak To Four
With a 0-0 double-overtime tie versus the United States Naval Academy Sunday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex, the Loyola University Maryland women's soccer team remains in contention for a spot in the 2014 Patriot League Tournament.

The Greyhounds (6-8-4, 2-3-4 Patriot League)
• Redshirt junior Jessica Van Dyke leads the offense with four goals and nine points, while junior Charlotte Miller has seven points on two goals and three assists.
Rosy Hayes and Maddie Boccio are tied for third on the team with six 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 run her consecutive shutout minutes to 555:07, the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I women’s soccer. She has made 66 saves during her senior campaign, recording an .805 save percentage. 

The United States Naval Academy (11-3-5, 6-1-2 Patriot League)
• Navy picked up the No. 3 seed after defeating Army, 3-0, on Saturday. 
• With a shutout win over the Black Knights, Navy extended its unbeaten streak to 10. During that stretch, the Midshipmen have outscored their opponents 24-3 and have recorded seven shutouts.
• Navy will be making an appearance in the postseason for the fourth-straight season, and 17th overall.
• Eight Midshipmen were named to the All-Patriot League teams, with defender Jade Seabrook earning the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Seabrook and midfielder Ranchel Hunter were tabbed to the first team and Morgan Dankanich (forward), Clare MacAdam (forward) and Julie Schumacher (defender) pickied up second-team honors. Midfielder Meghan Hegarty, defender Lexi Ricketts and goalkeeper Dayton Wetherby were named to the third team.
• Dankanich leads the team with 15 points, scoring five goals to go with five assists. 
• MacAdams has a team-high six goals, tallying 13 points in 19 games.  
• Schumacher leads the team with 11 assists, while Lily Kraemer has compiled three game-winning goals. 
• Wetherby, Taygan Grundy, Chelsea Pixa and Haley Wahrhaftig have all seen time in goal for Navy. Wetherby played in all but one game, recording 1,572 minutes. She has made 58 saves for a .841 save percentage.  

Last Meeting With The Midshipmen
•  Loyola tied Navy, 0-0, earning a single point in Patriot League action on Sunday, Oct. 26. 
• The Greyhounds held the Midshipmen, who were tied for first in the league at the time, scoreless for just the second time in Patritot League play, and third time overall, in 2014.
• Following the match, senior Colleen Folan was named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, while classmate and fellow team captain Kelly Santangelo was named to the league’s weekly honor roll. 
• Folan’s honor marked the second of her career, garnering the award after collecting three saves, including a crucial overtime shot in the second overtime period.
• Prior to the matchup earlier this season, Navy won the last five games 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.

Postseason Power
• Loyola will play in its first-ever Patriot League Tournament in program history. 
• Prior to entering the league, the Greyhounds made 20 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament appearances, winning 10 MAAC Tournament titles. 
• Loyola is 29-6-7 overall in league tournament action. When playing in the quarterfinal round, the Greyhounds have a record of 4-0. 

Last Time Out
• Loyola played Lafayette College to a scoreless tie on Saturday to advance to the Patriot League Tournament for the first time in program history.
• Loyola outshot Lafayette, 15-10, including taking 11 of the team’s 15 shots in the first half.
• Loyola held offensive possession for the majority of the first half, putting together scoring opportunities from Lindsay LeSavage, Rosy Hayes, Charlotte Miller, Jess Soldiviero, Cara Connolly, Jessica Van Dyke and Brooke Kerrigan.
• In goal, Colleen Folan made six saves and accumulated her 10th clean sheet to move into sole possession of third place in Loyola’s single-season records. She also extended her shutout minutes to 555:07, giving her the second-longest active shutout streak in the NCAA, and the longest at Loyola since Brittany Henderson put together 721:14 scoreless minutes back in 2007.

Shutout Streak
• The Greyhounds are unbeaten in the last five matches, going 2-0-3.
•  Navy has the Patriot League’s longest unbeaten streak, compiling 10 games (8-0-2), while the Greyhounds are second. 
• Loyola’s shut out five-straight teams during the regular season, the most since 2007. That year, the Greyhounds put together seven-straight shutouts, the third most in program history.
• All six wins this season has been shutout victories.
• The Greyhounds are tied for 22nd nationally for the most shutouts throughout the season, posting 10 this year. The Greyhounds sit among good company with squads from Clemson, Kentucky, VCU, Georgetown, Hartford, Holy Cross, FGCU, Liberty and Niagara also recording 10 clean sheets this season.  
• Senior Colleen Folan put together 555:07 shutout minutes, giving her the longest shutout streak in the Patriot league, and the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division I women’s soccer. UCLA’s Katelyn Rowland holds the longest active shutout streak (577:24).

Close Calls
• Thirteen of Loyola’s 18 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 wins have come from one-goal decisions - 1-0 at Howard University, 1-0 versus Towson University and 1-0 against Boston University. 
• In the final home game of the season, the Greyhounds held the United States Naval Academy scoreless for 110 minutes. At the time, the Midshipmen were tied for first in the league. 

Defensive Determination
• Loyola opened the Patriot League portion of its schedule on Saturday, Sept. 20, at College of the Holy Cross. The Greyhounds held the Crusaders scoreless, and recorded a 0-0 tie on the road in Worcester, Massachusetts. 
• 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.  
• Loyola also hosted Navy on senior day, and held the Midshipmen scoreless for just the second time in Patriot League Play and the third time overall this season. 
• Senior Colleen Folan was rewarded for holding both teams scorelss by being named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after both games. 

Patriot League Weekly 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 defensive player of the week 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 September 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, respectively. 
• 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. 
• Folan earned her second weekly award on Monday, Oct. 27. 
• The senior captain led the Greyhounds to an unbeaten 1-0-1 week, including two shutouts against American University and the United States Naval Academy. Folan stopped seven shots in the two contests to run her consecutive shutout minutes to 445:07. 

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.

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.). 

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.


 

 

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