JACK RUNKEL Loyola’s first All-America goalkeeper since 1999; Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year and Tournament MVP
MARLEE PATON Three-time All-American; Wooden Citizenship Cup Award semifinalist; Four-time all-league; Two-time conference midfielder of the year
KIERA HARRISON Loyola’s first participant at the NCAA Cross Country Championships
MICHAEL BROWN & ELLE MIXA Loyola’s first pair of divers to qualify for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in the same year since the 1980s
THURMAN VAN RIPER Two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
Greyhounds Fans, Another year of Loyola University Maryland athletics has passed, and we are again incredibly grateful for your support, generosity and dedication to Greyhound student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
The last year has been one of exciting change for the athletic department, as our move to the Patriot League became official in July 2013. Our athletics mission is to support and encourage the development of studentathletes academically, athletically, spiritually and socially, and the move to the Patriot League has helped us do that with even more vigor. As we are now aligned with a conference of schools of extraordinary academic repute, we have found new ways to challenge our student-athletes in all facets of their lives; I am thrilled to say they have risen to that challenge. In times of change, it has been more important than ever to externally fund many of our initiatives, and through your generosity, we have continued to enhance our studentathletes’ experiences while at Loyola. We have been fortunate to draw record fundraising and corporate sponsorship opportunities to help continue our success. We launched the Loyola Greyhounds Leadership Academy in September 2013, in cooperation with the Janssen Sports Leadership Center, and our student-athletes have continued to be active participants in the community and in Loyola’s Campus Ministry. All of these things, however, cannot minimize the successes our student-athletes achieved in the classroom. After recording the school’s highest number of studentathletes with 3.0 grade point averages in 2012-13, they raised the bar again in 2013-14, with just over 66 percent of student-athletes finishing the spring semester with GPAs of 3.0 or better, and 62 percent hitting or exceeding that mark for the entire school year.
JOE FLETCHER The lone collegiate player to make the 30-man roster for Team USA; Tewaaraton Award Finalist; Loyola’s first repeat first-team AllAmerican since 1999; Program’s first-ever Academic All-American
Our athletic year was highlighted by a remarkable weekend of achievements in April as the women’s lacrosse, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse teams all posted dominant performances to win their respective Patriot League Championships. The women’s lacrosse team started things off by capturing Loyola’s first-ever Patriot League title in any sport with an 11-goal victory, and the men’s golf team posted a 10-stroke win the next day. Men’s lacrosse completed the feat less than an hour later, posting a nine-goal win of its own. The men’s golf win was its seventh-straight conference title and gave the Greyhounds a bid to the NCAA Regional for as many times in as many years. Women’s lacrosse won a conference crown for the third time in four years, advancing to the NCAA Championships for the fourth-consecutive season, and men’s lacrosse spent seven weeks as the nation’s No. 1 team, the second-longest streak in program history. We look forward to continuing the amazing successes of our student-athletes in 2014-15, and we remain grateful for your encouragement and support throughout the year. Go ’Hounds!
Jim Paquette Assistant Vice President & Director of Athletics
TARYN VANTHOF First Greyhound selected to the US National Team since 2007; Third-team All-American
• Loyola student-athletes combined for a cumulative grade-point average of 3.144 for the 2013-14 academic year. • Fifteen student-athletes were voted to their respective All-Patriot League Academic Teams (pictured below), while senior Joe Fletcher was named the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. • Sixty-six percent of student-athletes were above a 3.00 for the spring semester and 62 percent of student-athletes had a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00 for the year, Loyola’s highest percentages ever. • Five freshmen were accepted into the Sellinger Scholars program - Brennan Goldsmith (men’s soccer), Liz Hunter (women’s swimming & diving), Dale Maholage (men’s swimming & diving), Christopher Myers (men’s lacrosse) and Kelsey Schlein (women’s swimming & diving). • Twenty student-athletes posted perfect 4.00 grade-point averages through either the fall or spring semester this year, with Stephanie Baliko (women’s swimming & diving), Nicole Krusen (women’s basketball), Haleigh Morgus (women’s tennis) and Thurman Van Riper (men’s soccer) recording a 4.00 during both semesters. • Seven Greyhound teams - men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s tennis and women’s tennis - were in the top-10 percent of NCAA Division I schools in the multi-year tracking of the Academic Progress Rate (APR).
• In Fall 2013, Loyola launched one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs in collegiate athletics in conjunction with the nationally renowned Janssen Sports Leadership Center. The Loyola Greyhounds Leadership Academy worked with 70 sophomores, juniors and seniors to provide comprehensive and cutting-edge leadership development programming through interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring, online training, service learning and educational resources. • At the end of the year, 89 percent of student-athletes who participated in the academy showed higher leadership scores based on attributes they developed in the program. • The Academy will continue to grow during 2014-15, adding an additional session for student-athletes and two more for Loyola’s coaches. Plans have also been developed to increase the participation from 70 to 100 student-athletes, with a section of “Leader 360” being added for the senior student-athletes who are participating. • Jason Crane (men’s lacrosse) and Sean Tuohy Jr. (men’s basketball) were given the school’s Cura Personalis Award at September’s Honors Convocation. The award recognizes and honors students who embody the Ignatian ideal of care for the whole person through demonstrated service, leadership and academic development. • Another pair of Greyhounds, Haleigh Morgus (women’s tennis) and Noelle Staib (women’s swimming and diving), were also recognized with Loyola’s Magis Scholar-Leader Award at the ceremony. The Magis Scholar-Leader Award recognizes and honors students who complement superior academic performance with co-curricular involvement. • Three rising seniors, Joey Cahalan (men’s soccer), Colleen Folan (women’s soccer) and Pat Frazier (men’s lacrosse), were named to Loyola’s Green and Grey Society. A group of 14 seniors are chosen by their peers and the school’s administration and serve as liaisons to Loyola’s President, administration and Board of Trustees. • Loyola hosted its second-annual Student-Athlete Etiquette Dinner in November with 50 student-athletes attending the three-course meal and informative business etiquette presentation. Loyola alumnus Ralph Doran (above right), director of talent management at Stanley/Black & Decker, presented the “Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing” and provided the student-athletes with advice on how to maket their athletic skills to help them acquire job offers. • The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), led by co-presidents Joe Fletcher (men’s lacrosse) and Thurman Van Riper (men’s soccer) and vice president Colleen Folan (women’s soccer), organized and delivered to-date the biggest canned and box food supply of the holiday season to the Maryland Food Bank.
Senior goaltender Didi Haracic made sure to leave her mark on the women’s soccer program. Collecting her 85th save of the season against Lafayette on November 2, she became the all-time career saves leader for Loyola, turning back 315 shots throughout her four years to replace Mary Clark’s 17-year-old record of 310 saves from 1996. “In the Patriot League, the players are so much stronger, faster and more physical, so the increase in shots was very noticeable,” Haracic said. “Prior to the season, I trained hard with my coach at the Washington Spirit and really increased my athleticism. This allowed me to focus more on the technical side of things during the season.” Haracic was also voted as having the Patriot League Play of the Year at the end of the season. In the final seconds of that overtime game against the Leopards, Haracic stopped her 10th shot to perserve the tie.
Stephen Dooley capped off his career as one of Loyola’s most well-rounded men’s soccer players. A two-time NSCAA Scholar All-American, Dooley also picked up AllPatriot League First Team and All-Mid-Atlantic-Region Second Team honors as a senior to give him two all-region and three all-conference accolades throughout his career. The two-time team captain was just as successful in the classroom, being named to the Dean’s List three times and to the Patriot League All-Academic Team in 2013. A business administration in finance major, Dooley earned his undergraduate degree from Loyola in 2013 and then returned to Northern Ireland to begin his professional playing career. In July, the Portstewart native signed with the Derry City Football Club, a professional soccer team that plays in the League of Ireland Premier Division - the top tier of the Republic of Ireland’s national football league.
Jac Bullock landed her 1,000 career kill against Lafayette on November 1 - a remarkable achievement for a middle blocker. She also led all middles in the Patriot League in kills as a senior. “As an upperclassman, Jac embraced her role as a leader on the court and shouldered a massive share of our team production,” Loyola Head Coach Jake Lawrence said. With a degree in biology, Bullock plans to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Kiera Harrison etched her name in the Greyhounds’ record books in the fall, becoming the first studentathlete at Loyola to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships in an individual sport. With a runner-up finish at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships, Harrison went on to become the lone league runner to earn All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors – finishing 24th at the regional meet – and was among only 4.2 percent of collegiate runners that advanced to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. “It came as a shock when I found out that I qualified for NCAAs in cross country,” Harrison said. “Even though qualifying had been a goal of mine for a long time and I knew it was within the realm of possibility, receiving the call was almost surreal. It’s a huge honor to be the first student-athlete from Loyola to qualify and I’m glad I was able to represent my team and the University in that way.” Harrison concluded her career with multiple school records for indoor and outdoor track, as well. She appeared in eight conference championships, coming away with six second-place finishes, and qualified for more ECAC Championships than any other Greyhound in school history. Harrison completed her undergraduate degree in political science in the Spring of 2013 and is currently pursuing her MBA through Loyola’s graduate program.
The men’s and women’s soccer programs both welcomed new head coaches to the helm of its respective programs. On the men’s side, Loyola brought back former Greyhound Steve Nichols ‘91, while the women will be under the direction of first-year head coach Naomi Meiburger. Nichols, who built McDonough School into a perennial national prep power, becomes the ninth head coach in Loyola men’s soccer history and just the third in the program’s NCAA Division I history since 1982. Meiburger was named the fifth head coach in the 22-year history of the women’s soccer program. She’s coming from Georgetown where she was promoted to associate head coach after the Hoyas’ run to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2011.
WINTER SPOTLIGHTS Jeanine Gill stepped onto the track her freshman season and immediately began breaking records. Finishing in the top10 of her first-ever collegiate contest, Gill continued to rise from there, finishing her inaugural season as the program’s indoor and outdoor track and field record holder in the 200 meters. Gill returned for her sophomore campaign and continued to do the exact same thing. The second-year sprinter opened the squad’s inaugural season of the Patriot League with a new 200 meter school record during the indoor season, this time shattering the time she posted her rookie season by .18 seconds.
Dylon Cormier led the men’s basketball team throughout one of its most successful four-year stretches in program history, and despite having his senior season cut short by injury, the three-time team captain finished fourth all-time at Loyola in career points and second in steals. “Nobody had higher expectations for me, than me,” Cormier said. “I wanted to go down as one of the best to ever come through here and I wanted to win a conference championship, which we were able to do.” At the time of his injury, Cormier was leading the Patriot League in scoring by almost three points per game and was ranked 13th in the NCAA. He also topped the team and was fourth in the conference in rebounding, garnering him third-team All-Patriot League honors, despite missing half of the conference regular-season play. A three-time all-conference player, Cormier is one of 34 Greyhounds to record 1,000 career points throughout their careers. His influence is beyond that though, as he has helped the program sell out Reitz Arena, average 20 wins in a season the last four years, win a MAAC Championship and advance to two postseason tournaments - including a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
Being a student-athlete doesn’t just mean focusing on athletics, but also academics. Nicole Krusen came to Loyola four years ago determined to excel in both of those areas, and her hard work has paid off. “My parents have always stressed academics,” Krusen said. “They say ‘If you don’t have good academics, it doesn’t really matter how good you are at anything.’” Graduating in three years with an undergraduate degree in business marketing, Krusen wasn’t ready to give up basketball, so she enrolled in Loyola’s new emerging media online graduate program and played her final season as a graduate student. Loyola’s all-time program record holder in three-point field goals made, Krusen completed her master’s degree in emerging media over the summer. For her work on the court and in the classroom, Krusen was rewarded in July as one of two Patriot League recipients of a Victory Scholarship from the Sports Changes Life Foundation. This foundation allows student-athletes to continue their athletic and academic careers by both playing on a collegiate team and studying in a graduate program at an Irish or Northern Irish university. Krusen will head to the National University of Ireland in Galway to continue pursuing both of her passions, academics and basketball. “Nicole will be an incredible ambassador for Loyola and the Patriot League,” Head Coach Joe Logan said. “She values using basketball as an opportunity to further her studies and personal growth, and this is a great extension of that. We look forward to following her experiences in Ireland.” In addition to her studies and time on the court, Krusen will work with disadvantaged youth in community programs to help motivate and raise aspirations to continuing studies.
At the inaugural Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, Loyola’s women’s swimming and diving team saw seven school records fall - three individual and four relays. The Greyhounds’ 200, 400 and 800 free relay team of Brianna Keelan, Erin Shea, Erin Calderoni and Caitlin Cronin (pictured right) knocked down all three of Loyola’s freestyle relay records, while the team of Lizzie McKenna, Tara Mulligan, Shea and Cronin broke the program’s 400 medley relay record. All four of those records were originally set in 2009, with this year’s relay team bettering the 200 free and 400 medley relay records by at least one second, the 400 free record by almost four seconds and the 800 free record by over 13 seconds. Individually, Noelle Staib smashed Nori Skoda’s 200 breaststroke record from 2004 by over 24 seconds, while McKenna and Mulligan knocked off two more records from the 2009 season. McKenna replaced Courtney Trivino at the top of the 200 backstroke and Mulligan took the top spot from Kim Krzazcek in the 100 breaststroke. “I’m really proud of our team,” Staib said. “I’m proud of my teammates and I’m proud of the team that we are now in the Patriot League. I think we made a great first impression and I’m sad I’m leaving because I think this is the start of big things for Loyola.”
SPRING SPOTLIGHTS In two years as a standout student-athlete at Loyola, Megan Hahn has already put her stamp on the school tennis record books. As a freshman in 2012-13, Hahn won a school-record 25 singles matches at the No. 1 spot in Head Coach Rick McClure’s order, and she followed that with a 21-victory sophomore campaign in 2013-14. In her two seasons at the top of the Greyhounds’ order, Hahn has won 70 percent of her singles matches, while also teaming to win nearly 35 doubles contests. As a sophomore, she captured the top flight at the Bucknell Invitational for the second year in a row, and she also was victorious at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational and the Saint Joseph’s Invitational. All of these accolades on the court have come while Hahn has been a top student at Loyola, pulling in a grade point average of almost 3.5 as a biology major.
Brendan Lemp became the first-ever Loyola golfer to shoot par-or-better through an NCAA Regional Championship, carding a season-best 5-under 67 through the final round of the Columbia Regional in May to finish tied for 26th overall with an even 216. A first-team all-conference performer after finishing fifth at the Patriot League Championships, Lemp helped Loyola to its seventh-straight league title - and first in the Patriot League. He was also one of three players, along with Bart George and Matt Oshrine, to earn a spot on the Division I PING All-Northeast Region Team at the end of the year.
Taryn VanThof dominated the draw control for the women’s lacrosse team this year, breaking various school and league records along the way. As one of just nine players in the NCAA to win more than 100 draw controls this season, VanThof shattered Loyola’s 30-year-old single-season record that was set at 75 by Rita Ciletti in 1984 and tied by Michelle Meyer in 1994. VanThof led the Patriot League and finished the year ranked fifth nationally with 122 draw controls. The junior midfielder also pushed her three-year total to 227, which has surpassed Loyola’s all-time career record of 180 set by Meyer from 199397. VanThof won her 181st draw control vs. American on April 9. In addition, at Lafayette on March 15, VanThof won 15 draw controls to break the single-game school and Patriot League records. She then tied that by winning 15 draws again at Boston University on April 12. VanThof finished the year with third-team All-America, first-team AllMid-Atlantic Region and first-team All-Patriot League honors. She was also named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team.
When Justin Ward was a high school student-athlete, he was not highly thought of in Division I recruiting circles. In fact, he played on an Old Mill High School team that did not have another Division I recruit, and Ward had only a few offers to compete at the sport’s highest level. The one he grabbed, however, made a huge impact on his life and that of the Loyola men’s lacrosse program. Ward arrived on the Evergreen campus as a player with potential, but it was also evident how much work he had to do in order to become a contributor, much less a starter. Through sheer determination, force of will, an exceptional work ethic and long hours of studying the game, Ward became a starter on Loyola’s NCAA Championship team as a sophomore. He now leaves Loyola after shattering the program’s Division I record for career and single-season assists. “Justin had all of the marks of being a great player with intangibles like work ethic, character and dedication,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “Those things, combined with his skill made him a great leader on, and more importantly off, the field and in our locker room.” Ward was a two-time All-American, the 2014 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and the recipient of Loyola’s 2013-14 Diane Geppi-Aikens Inspiration Award. He finished his career by leading the Greyhounds to two conference championships, and contributed 57 goals, 120 assists and 177 points in four years. He also set a Patriot League record for assists in a season with 53 and tied Loyola’s Division I single-season points record with 71 his senior year.
President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., christened two racing shells for the Greyhounds’ rowing program this year, celebrating the start to a new era for the team. As a result of the support from the families of two rowing alumni, Loyola purchased two Vespoli M2 eight shells. The women’s shell “Strike for Victory” was donated by Tim and Paula Sweeney, parents of Kathleen Sweeney ‘13. The men’s shell was christened “Robert W. Brown, P’07” and was supported by Nancy Viano Brown, who named it in memory of her late husband. The Browns are the parents of former rower Douglas Brown ‘07. “The addition of these two shells will greatly improve our competitiveness as we enter the new season,” Head Coach Al Ramirez said. “We are hoping to use the shells to build momentum and motivate current rowers, as well as attract new prospects to the program.”
PATRIOT LEAGUE CHAMPIONS • The weekend of April 26-27, 2014, went down as one that will be difficult for the Greyhounds to duplicate in terms of success in conference play. In a span of 24 hours, Loyola won Patriot League Championships in women’s lacrosse, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse. • The women’s lacrosse team got the winning ways started on Saturday, April 26, defeating fellow Patriot League newcomer Boston University, 18-7, in the conference title game at Ridley Athletic Complex to bring home the school’s first-ever Patriot League crown. • Sunday afternoon, men’s golf outdistanced the host U.S. Military Academy by 10 strokes and third-place Lehigh University by 35 to claim the program’s seventh-straight conference title. • Less than a half-hour later, the men’s lacrosse team finished the Patriot League Championship Game against Lehigh at Ridley Athletic Complex, completing the trifecta with a 16-7 victory over the Mountain Hawks. • The women’s lacrosse team set a Patriot League Championships record with its 18 goals in the title game, while the men’s lacrosse side tied the Patriot League Championships mark with 16 in its outing. • In sweeping the lacrosse titles, Loyola becomes the second program in Patriot League history to have both its men’s and women’s teams win a championship in the same season (Colgate, 2008). • Senior Jack Runkel was named the Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Championship Most Outstanding Player after making a combined 26 saves in the two wins, while Marlee Paton earned the same honor on the women’s side, tallying five goals in the title game to go with three goals and two assists in the semifinal versus College of the Holy Cross. • Matt Oshrine and Jimmy Dengler finished tied for third, and Brendan Lemp was fifth, for the golf team as the Greyhounds extended their five-shot lead after day two to a 10-shot victory.
All-Patriot League Team Cross Country Kiera Harrison (First)
PATRIOT LEAGUE MAJOR AWARD WINNERS Golf
Chris Baloga - Coach of the Year
Stephen Dooley (First) Larry Ndjock (Second)
Dylon Cormier (Third)
Nai Brown (Third) Lisa Mirarchi (Rookie)
Kiera Harrison (Second)
Meghan Hahn (Second)
Jimmy Dengler (First) Brendan Lemp (First) Matt Oshrine (First)
Joe Fletcher (First) Pat Laconi (First) Nikko Pontrello (First) Jack Runkel (First) Brian Sherlock (First) Justin Ward (First) Kevin Ryan (Second)
Maddy Lesher (First) Marlee Paton (First) Hannah Schmitt (First) Annie Thomas (First) Taryn VanThof (First) Katie Reinhard (Second)
Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Justin Ward - Offensive Player of the Year Joe Fletcher - Defensive Player of the Year M. Lacrosse Jack Runkel - Goalkeeper of the Year Women’s Lacrosse Annie Thomas - Offensive Player of the Year W. Lacrosse Marlee Paton - Midfielder of the Year Maddy Lesher - Defensive Player of the Year Jen Adams - Coach of the Year
Joe Fletcher Jack Runkel - MVP Brian Schultz Justin Ward Maddy Lesher Marlee Paton - MVP Hannah Schmitt Taryn VanThof
HALL OF FAME
• Eleven former Greyhound student-athletes and coaches were inducted into the Loyola Athletic’s Hall of Fame on Friday, May 2, as the Class of 2014, becoming Loyola’s first inductees in more than 10 years. Joe Barger was a two-year captain for the men’s soccer team and one of the program’s greatest defenders. A two-time all-conference player, he helped Loyola to a 30-game unbeaten streak and two NCAA South Atlantic Championships. During his senior year, Barger also competed for the men’s lacrosse team which reached the NCAA Quarterfinals. Dave Cottle is the winningest men’s lacrosse coach in Loyola history. With an overall record of 181-70, Cottle led the Greyhounds to 18-consecutive winning seasons and 14-straight NCAA tournament berths. In 1988, he was named the NCAA Coach of the Year and in 1990, he led his squad to the NCAA Championship Game. Mark Gallagher led Loyola to it’s first-ever men’s MAAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship in 1995. The 1997 MAAC Swimmer of the Year, Gallagher was a four-time conference champion in the 50-yard freestyle, and he graduated with numerous individual and team program records. His 50-meter freestyle record still stands to this day. Kerri Johnson led the women’s lacrosse team during an era of unprecedented success. A three-time All-American, Johnson helped lead her teams to three NCAA semifinals appearances, including an appearance in the 1997 NCAA Championship Game. Johnson went on to serve as both an assistant and head coach at Loyola and was also a member of the U.S. National Team. Timothy McGeeney was regarded as one of Loyola’s greatest men’s lacrosse goaltenders. He anchored his teams to four NCAA tournament appearances, receiving three All-America accolades. His 810 career saves and 245 saves during the 1995 season still ranks atop Loyola’s all-time records.
Michelle Meyer was a three-time All-America selection, two-time CAA Player of the Year and the 1997 National Midfielder of the Year. She led her teams to three NCAA semifinal appearances and the 1997 NCAA title game. With her husband, Matt Dwan, Meyer is part of the only husbandwife duo in Loyola’s Athletics Hall of Fame. John Mohler was a three-sport student-athlete who earned honorable mention All-America honors in lacrosse and led Loyola to back-to-back swimming and diving Mason-Dixon Conference Championships in 1947 and 1948. Mohler graduated and eventually became the lacrosse program’s head coach, before his untimely death at the age of 29 in 1956. Michael Morrison is the school’s lone men’s basketball player of the Division I era to be selected in the NBA draft (Phoenix Suns, 1989, 51st overall). The program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,697 points, Morrison was a two-time first-team All-Northeast Conference selection who was named to the NEC’s 25th Anniversary All-Time Team in January 2006.
Dania Thompson, Michael Morrison, Mark Inductees clockwise from top left: Timothy McGeeney, n, Dave Cottle, Bill Sento, Michelle Meyer Gallagher, Nancy Turnblacer, Joe Barger, Kerri Johnso
Bill Sento is Loyola’s all-time winningest men’s soccer coach with an overall record of 255-112-40. He led his teams to four ECAC Metro Championships, two NCAA South Atlantic Region titles, eight MAAC regular-season championships, eight MAAC tournament titles and three NCAA tournaments - including two final eight appearances. He was named the MAAC Coach of the Year in 1999. Dania Thompson was a standout student-athlete during the formative years of women’s athletics at Loyola. An all-state selection in women’s basketball, she was the program’s leading scorer at the time of her graduation, while she also excelled in lacrosse and tennis. In 1975, she led the women’s lacrosse team to a first-place finish in the Maryland Collegiate Tournament. Nancy Turnblacer, a three-time women’s tennis captain, played No. 1 singles all four years and led the Greyhounds to four-consecutive MAAC Championships and NCAA appearances. She set records for most singles wins in a career at No. 1 (58) and most victories at No. 1 in a season (21). She was also an Academic All-America Second Team honoree and garnered three MAAC All-Academic team accolades.
JOSEPH BARGER ‘89 • DAVE COTTLE • MARK GALLAGHER ‘98 • KERRI JOHNSON ‘97 • TIMOTHY MCGEENEY ‘95 • MICHELLE MEYER ‘96 • JOHN MOHLER ‘50 • MICHAEL MORRISON ‘07 • BILL SENTO • DANIA THOMPSON ‘76 • NANCY TURNBLACER ‘02.
• Loyola athletic teams participated in a wide range of community service projects throughout the year, donating more than 4,700 hours to area children, families and neighborhoods. • The women’s lacrosse team also reached out to the English and South African communities during their foreign trip to London and Cape Town. The team participated in clinics and grow-the-game opportunities in both countries, while also visiting, interacting with and learning about the poverty stricken settlement communities in Cape Town. A look at some of the various service opportunities the Greyhounds took part in this year: • Beans & Bread • Beta Alpha Psi Tutoring • Clean Up York Road Initiative • Deweese Swim Lessons • First Tee of Baltimore • Presence for Christmas • Red Cross Blood Drive • Relay for Life • Special Olympics • Thank-a-Thon • Ulman Cancer Fund • Women in Sports Day
There were also two programs that welcomed a child into their team this year. Through Team IMPACT, the men’s swimming and diving program adopted Alec (above left), a young boy currently undergoing treatment for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), while the women’s lacrosse team - through Friends of Jaclyn - adopted Kara (above middle), a young girl who was diagnosed with an astrocytoma brain tumor in 2012.
• About 60,000 spectators once again attended Loyola home athletic events in 2013-14, with more than 15,000 fans attending women’s events. • Loyola men’s soccer drew the second - and third - largest single-game soccer crowds ever at Ridley Athletic Complex in 2013, twice eclipsing the 1,400 mark. • Men’s soccer ranked 54th in the nation out of 202 NCAA Division I programs in average attendance in 2013-14. • Men’s basketball ticket revenue has grown more than 300 percent since 2010, while individual ticket revenue has grown by more than 100 percent since 2011-12. • The men’s basketball program also recorded at least one home sellout of Reitz Arena for the third-straight year. • A sellout crowd of 6,000 fans filled Ridley Athletic Complex for the men’s lacrosse team’s victory against Johns Hopkins on May 3, 2014. • Men’s lacrosse home attendance figures again ranked among the nation’s top-10 with nearly 2,500 fans attending each game. • Ticket revenue for men’s lacrosse has grown by more than 200 percent since 2010, with the program setting single-season and singlegame records for ticket revenue in 2014. • Women’s athletics events, such as Women in Sports Day, Play4Kay Day (breast cancer awareness), Field Trip Day and the Diane Geppi Aikens Memorial Run continue to be some of Loyola’s most popular and wellattended events. • Sponsorship revenue has more than doubled since 2011.
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS
ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT Athletic Fundraising By the Numbers: $3.6M Overall cash received 706% Growth in total fundraising since 2009-10 140% Growth in overall fundraising over the previous year 32% Growth in unrestricted giving to the Greyhounds Athletics
Fund over previous year
Number of newly established endowed scholarships, bringing the total number of funds to 15
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR:
• More than 250 former student-athletes participated in the first-ever Student-Athlete Alumni Challenge. The golf team earned $5,000 for the highest overall alumni giving participation as of February 28, while the rowing programs also took home $5,000 for having the largest growth in their overall giving percentage over the previous year. • Loyola received a gift of $2.2M for enhancements to athletics facilities. • The Sweeney and Brown families made gifts to help the crew team purchase two new Vespoli racing shells for the men’s and women’s rowing programs. • Digital scorers tables were added to Reitz Arena, thanks to the gift from Jim Forbes ’80 and his wife, Hollis. • Private support enabled the women’s lacrosse team to experience a 12-day training and service tour of London, England and Cape Town, South Africa in June.
THE SIX NEW ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS CREATED DURING THE YEAR: Michael J. Abromaitis ‘62 Men’s Lacrosse Scholarship Sister Helen Christensen Athletic Scholarship Lefty and Marge Reitz Scholarship The Greyhounds Track & Field Alumnae Scholarship The Skesavage Family Athletic Scholarship Men’s Basketball Endowed Scholarship
The Loyola women’s lacrosse team became the first NCAA lacrosse team to travel to South Africa when it went on its 12-day foreign tour to London, England and Cape Town, South Africa May 30 through June 11. While in London, alumnae Katie McHugh ‘08 hosted the Greyhounds at the Caterham School, where Loyola faced - and beat - the England National Team and the U-19 touring side. The Greyhounds also hosted a clinic for the Caterham School girls. During the London portion of the trip, the Greyhounds stayed with host families and learned first-hand about the English culture, while also touring the Westminster Abbey, exploring the London Eye and taking a boat ride down the Thames River under London Bridge and to Tower Bridge. The Greyhounds then journeyed to South Africa where they learned about the African culture by going on a safari, climbing to the top of Table Mountain - a new wonder of the world - visiting Cape of Good Hope and stopping by the Nelson Mandela statue that is in the exact place and pose as when he was released as a free man. Loyola even cheered the local rugby team - the South African Springboks, the No. 2 team in the world - to victory as they took on the All-World Team. The trip wasn’t without lacrosse though, as Loyola combined it with service learning by visiting two poverty stricken areas to learn about the community and experience in the pure joy of the people living there, despite their living conditions. It was truly an eye-opening experience and a once-in-a-lifetime trip that would not have been made possible without the generosity of Loyola supporters.