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2012 Women's Soccer Season-In-Review

Nichole Schiro won the MAAC Offensive Player for the third straight season.

Nichole Schiro won the MAAC Offensive Player for the third straight season.

Dec. 3, 2012

BALTIMORE, Md. -

Final Game Notes

LOOKING BACK
• Loyola finished the regular-season 12-6-4, and 4-3-3 in the non-conference schedule.
• The 3rd seed Greyhounds were 6-2-1 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
• Loyola made their eighth trip to the NCAA tournament, taking on the Duke Blue Devils in the first round. 

ANOTHER TRY AT THE TOURNAMENT
• Loyola fell to Duke, 6-0, in the first-round of the NCAA tournament. 
• Seniors Kelsey Donohue and Katelyn McFadden took the lone shots against the number 15/19 ranked Blue Devils. 
• Goal Keepers Didi Haracic and Colleen Folan recorded seven saves combined, with five and two respectively. 
• The Blue Devils recorded five goals in the first half, with the six coming off a Kaitlyn Kerr hat trick in the the 67 minute. 
• Head coach Katherine Remy Vettori returned to her alma mater, after playing for the Blue Devils under the direction of head coach Bill Hempen.  

THE GREYHOUNDS AND THE MAAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer made their tenth MAAC title appearance, defeating the number one seed Marist College Red Foxes Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
• The Greyhounds beat the Red Foxes, 2-1, in the title game, moving the all-time series record to 13-5-4. 
• Loyola beat Marist with a 2-0 victory in the 2007 finals, but fell to the Red Foxes in 2011 with a 1-0 shutout.
• The Greyhounds are 10-5-3 in MAAC title games, and lead the conference with ten championship titles.
• Senior Nichole Schiro notched her 15th goal of the season in the second half of the title game, sending the Greyhounds to the NCAA tournament.
• Gigi Mangione scored the first Loyola goal after the 22nd minute on a penalty kick against Marist goalkeeper Andrea Wicks. 
• The Greyhounds defeated the Fairfield University Stags in the 2012 MAAC Semifinals Friday, Nov. 2. 
• Senior Kelsey Rene scored the lone goal against the Stags. The defender headed a free kick into the top right corner of the box sending the Greyhounds to the 2012 MAAC finals.
• Following the title win, four Greyhounds were named to the All-MAAC tournament team. Nichole Schiro, Jenny Thornton, Didi Haracic, and Gigi Mangione earned team honors. 
• The 2012 most valuable player went to senior Gigi Mangione, who tabbed the second mvp honor of her career. The midfielder scored the first goal for the Greyhounds against Marist in the final, and assisted in the second.  Mangione won her first MVP honor in 2009, as the Greyhounds defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles, 3-2. 

ALL-MAAC HONORS
• Senior Nichole Schiro won MAAC Offensive Player of the Year for the third year in a row, the first in MAAC history to win the same award three consecutive years. 
• Goalkeeper Didi Haracic won the MAAC’s first-ever Goalkeeper of the Year award, recording 106 saves this season.
• The No. 3 seed Greyhounds had four players on the All-MAAC first team. Schiro and Haracic joined seniors Gigi Mangione and Kelsey Rene
• Tessa McClenahan earned All-MAAC second team honors, while freshman Rosy Hayes notched a spot on the All-MAAC Rookie team. 

NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
• The Greyhounds played a challenging non-conference schedule, including Oakland, Stony Brooke and La Salle, which all played in the NCAA tournament. 
• Loyola went 4-3-3 ,grabbing a win over future Patriot League foe, American. The Greyhounds also defeated Oakland, who went to the second round of the College Cup.  

CONFERENCE PLAY
• The challenging non-conference schedule helped the Greyhounds to a 6-2-1 overall conference record. 
• Loyola recorded a five-game unbeaten-streak, beginning with Saint Peter’s on Oct. 5. 
• After falling to Marist, the Greyhounds finished out the regular season with a victory at Siena. The win solidified the third seed for the Greyhounds, as they entered the MAAC tournament, taking on Fairfield in the Semi-Final matchup. 
• Loyola recorded their tenth MAAC Championship title, the most of any other team in the conference. 

MAAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
• Senior Nichole Schiro received her second MAAC weekly honor of the season on Oct. 22, after recording her second career hat trick against Niagara University at Ridley Athletic Complex.  
• Junior goalkeeper Didi Haracic was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the week on Oct. 9, just days after her third shutout of the season against Manhattan. 
• Nichole Schiro was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the week on Monday, Sept. 17 after scoring two goals against Saint Joseph’s in double overtime.

SAYONARA SENIORS
• The Greyhounds will be saying goodbye to 11 seniors: 
Danielle Ippolito (GK)
Brittany Yancey (B)
Kelsey Rene (B)
Lauren Norcia (B)
Gigi Mangione (M)
Nichole Schiro (F)
Tessa McClenahan (M)
Kelsey Donohue (B)
Julia Hajjar (F)
Jenny Thornton (B)
Nicky Alagna (M)
Katelyn McFadden (F)
• The 2012 senior class has the most goals and points of any other Loyola Women’s Soccer class, totaling 78 goals and 214 points.  The twelve seniors totaled 58 assists, 249 shots on goal, and 127 saves. 
• The women are 25-9-2 in MAAC play over the past four years. Thy have made three appearances in the MAAC Championships, taking the title in 2009 and 2012. The women fell to West Virginia and Duke, respectively, in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. 
• Throughout their four years, the 2012 class saw three players on the All-MAAC First Team, and three on the All-MAAC Second Team. 

CAREER FIRST
• Loyola saw contributions from many different players this year, with seven Greyhounds notching their first career goals. 
• Jessica Van Dyke scored her first career goal at Oakland, while Rosy Hayes and Julia Hajjar had their first career assists in the same game. Charlotte Miller then contributed her first career goal - the game-winner-against Delaware. 
• In the first conference game of the season, Kelsey Donohue recorded her first-career goal, helping the Greyhounds to a 4-1 victory over the Iona Gaels. Two days later, Jenny Thornton tabbed her first goal against Fairfield. 
• Two Greyhounds scored their first collegiate goals against Saint Peter’s. Brittany Yancey scored in both the first and second half, while Sophomore Kelly Santangelo saw her first goal at the end of the first. 
• Senior Julia Hajjar posted her first Greyhound goal in a 1-0 game at Manhattan. 

ROAD WARRIORS
• Loyola’s, 2-1, win at Oakland on Sunday, Aug. 26, was the team’s first road non-conference win since Sept. 18, 2009, when the Greyhounds beat American, 2-0. 
• The Greyhounds are 6-4-2 on the road this season. 

SCORING EARLY
• 22 of Loyola’s 37 goals this season have come from the first half. 
• Schiro’s goal in the 87th minute versus Towson was the team’s first second-half goal this year.  

SCINTILLATING SCHIRO
• Schiro’s goal in the twenty-fouth minute versus American surpassed Carolyn Kennington’s program record of 89 career points, shooting Schiro into the all-time program leader position.
• Posting a 3-0 victory over Niagara University, Schiro recorded her second career hat trick as a Greyhound.  
• Combined, Schiro has scored a total of 52 goals, and a school-shattering-record of 119 points. During the 2012 season, she leads the MAAC with 15 goals and 34 points.
• The forward is the first player in the MAAC to receive the Offensive Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons.  

HOUNDS PICKED THIRD, THREE GREYHOUNDS EARN PRESEASON HONORS
• The Greyhounds were picked to finish third in the MAAC Preseason Coaches poll, coming in just behind Marist and Fairfield. 
• In addition, three Greyhounds were named to the Preseason All-MAAC team including senior forward Nichole Schiro, senior defender Kelsey Rene, and junior goalkeeper Didi Haracic
• Schiro was also named MAAC Preseason Player of the Year, after earning 2011 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year accolades last season. 

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT
• Junior goalkeeper Didi Haracic started 2012 right where she finished in 2011. 
• Haracic recorded 106 saves, including a career-high 12 saves against Michigan State.
• The junior keeper received the first-ever Goalkeeper of the Year award from the conference. 

CLOSE CALLS
Loyola played ten games last year that were decided by one goal, going 4-6 in those contests.
This season, Loyola played six overtime contests (four ending in 1-1 draws and a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Saint Joseph’s, in addition to a 2-1 loss at Fordham). 
Loyola has seven other one-goal games (2-1 win at Oakland, 1-0 win vs. Delaware, 2-1 win at American, 2-1 loss to Fairfield, 1-0 win at Manhattan, 1-0 loss at Marist, 1-0 win at Siena, 1-0 to Fairfield, and a 2-1 win vs. Marist). 
The Greyhounds are 8-3-1 in those one-goal contests.  

HOME COOKIN'
• Since the opening of the Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have posted a 19-7-3 overall record in their new home, including a 7-1-1 mark in 2010, a 7-4 mark in 2011, and a 5-2-2 mark in 2012.  

BOOK WORMS
• The Greyhounds earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the eighth-straight year, averaging a 3.29 grade-point average. 
• Loyola was one of 497 teams to earn the honor, and one of only 148 schools recognized for both their men’s and women’s soccer programs. Loyola was the only team honored in the MAAC. 
• Ten Greyhounds earned a spot on the 2012 All-MAAC Academic Team
Nicky Alagna
Kelsey Donohue
Colleen Folan
Gigi Mangione
Tessa McClenahan
Katelyn McFadden
Kelsey Rene
Nichole Schiro
Gabrielle Tana
Jessica Van Dyke
• Senior Nichole Schiro was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Division I first team. The forward was the first Greyhound since cross-country runner Tim Burns to receive the national honor. 

IN THE COACHES BOX
• Katherine Remy Vettori enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Greyhounds with a 54-38-14 career record. Vettori, who led Loyola to the MAAC regular-season and tournament titles in 2009, was named Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year in 2009. 
• Vettori has led Loyola to four MAAC Championship appearances in five seasons, going 6-2 in those contests. 
• Vettori is assisted by first-year coach Lincoln Phillips and second-year assistant coach Emily Janss. Dave Nesbitt concludes his fifth-year as voluteer-assistant coach for the Greyhounds. 


 

 

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