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Women’s Lacrosse Hosts 11th-Ranked Loyola in Home Opener Tuesday Evening
Emily Coady has scored four goals this season.
Last Time Out: Junior midfielder Amanda Pappas (
On the Greyhounds: Loyola opened the season against a pair of ranked opponents, falling at No. 18 Penn State, 9-8, on Feb. 14, and defeating No. 10 Virginia, 15-11, on Saturday. Midfielder Emily Gibson scored five goals and added an assist against the Cavaliers, while midfielder Grace Gavin tallied four times. Goalie Kerry Stoothoff recorded 15 saves. Gavin leads the Greyhounds with seven goals and eight assists on the young season, while Stoothoff has posted a 10.00 goals-against average and a .556 save percentage in 120:00 of action. Ranked 10th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and 11th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, Loyola was picked to finish fourth in the Big East this season. Gavin and midfielder Cara Filipelli were both preseason all-conference selections.
Inside the Series: UMBC has faced cross-town rival Loyola 28 times, more than any other opponent except Towson, but the Greyhounds hold a commanding 23-4-1 series advantage. The teams have faced off in each of the last 10 years, but the Retrievers’ only victory in that span occurred in 2008. Last season, Loyola handed UMBC a 21-6 loss at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds scored the first eight goals of the game and led 10-3 at halftime. Pappas was the only Retriever with more than one goal, while Gavin led all scorers with six points on four goals and two assists.
Pappas, Allen Honored: Pappas was tabbed America East Player of the Week and freshman midfielder Kerianne Allen (
For Starters: At 2-0, UMBC is off to its best start since 1995, when the Retrievers won their first three games of the season.
Receiving Votes: UMBC received a vote in this week’s Inside Lacrosse media poll, giving the America East three teams to garner national recognition.
Taking on the Best: UMBC will face four teams that were ranked in the top 20 in the most recent IWLCA coaches poll, including No. 10 Boston University (April 10), No. 11 Loyola (Feb. 23), No. 13 Vanderbilt (Feb. 27) and No. 18 Towson (March 3). In addition,
Retrievers Picked Fifth: UMBC was predicted to finish fifth in the America East standings, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches. The Retrievers received 19 points in the America East preseason coaches’ poll. Five-time defending champion
Back in the Mix: The Retrievers return nearly 70 percent of an offense that scored 199 goals in 2009, the most since 2006. Pappas is the Retrievers’ top returning scorer with 28 goals and 37 points a year ago, while Coady earned America East All-Rookie honors after posting 35 points on 22 goals and 13 assists. Also back is Second-Team All-Conference midfielder Ashley Stodter (
Going Streaking: Coady has a team-high six-game goal streak dating to April 8, 2009, while Pappas has scored in five straight games dating to April 11, and junior midfielder Carrie Paris’ (
Dawg Bites: Pappas leads the Retrievers with 11 goals and 12 points on just 15 shots, while Braerman has 10 points on six goals and a team-high four assists… Quick has posted a 5.00 GAA and a .615 save percentage with 16 saves in the first two games this season… Pappas is a perfect 4-for-4 on free-position attempts… Sophomore midfielder Bria Phillips (Davidsonville, Md./Coronado (