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Women’s Soccer Travels To Lafayette For Regular-Season Finale

Oct. 31, 2014

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Time 7 p.m.
Location Easton, Pa. | Oaks Stadium
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The Greyhounds (6-8-3, 2-3-3 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 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 445:07. She has made 57 saves during her senior campaign, recording a .789 save percentage. 

Lafayette Leopards (5-11-0, 2-6-0 Patriot League)
• Lafayette is looking to snap a three-game losing skid. 
• Most recently, the Leopards were shutout by Columbia University, 4-0, at home in Easton, Pennsylvania. 
• Kaelin King leads the way with three goals and three assists, while Jaclyn Giordano has contributed three goals. 
• In goal, Danielle Sedillo has played 1,166 minutes, posting an 1.93 goals-against average and a .699 save percentage. She’s stopped 58 shots, while giving up 25 goals. 

Series History vs. The Leopards
• Loyola is unbeaten in the series, 2-0-1, playing all three games at home. 
• The Greyhounds shutout the Leopards, 6-0, in the first meeting in 1998. 
• The final two matches were decided in double overtime. In 2009, the Greyhounds won 3-2 (2OT). Last season, Loyola finished the regular season at home in a 3-3 tie. 

Patriot League Tournament
• With only one regular season contest remaining, five of the six teams have clinched spots in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament (November 4, 7, and 11), although no seeding has been determined. 
• Going into this weekend’s contests, Colgate holds the top spot with 19 points, while Boston University and Navy are close behind with 17. 
• Army clinched one of the six berths in the postseason tournament with a 2-0 win over Lafayette last week. 
• Bucknell solidified a spot in the tournament with wins over Holy Cross and Lafayette last week.
• Loyola and Lehigh are playing for the sixth and final spot in the tournament. The Mountain Hawks enter the weekend one point ahead of the Greyhounds, and with a win secure the tournament’s sixth seed. 

Last Time Out
• On Sunday, Loyola tied the United States Naval Academy, 0-0, earning a single point in Patriot League action. 
• Loyola held the Midshipmen, who were tied for first in the league, scoreless for just the second time in Patritot League play, as the Gryehounds ran their unbeaten streak to four-straight matches. 
• In goal, Colleen Folan carded her fourth-straight shutout, totaling nine on the season, which ties her for third in the program’s all-time single-season record.

Close Calls
• Twelve of Loyola’s 17 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 – . 
• 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 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.). 

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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