Incoming Greyhound Makes It On The Big Screen

Hello Greyhound fans, family and friends! This is Coach Gless making a guest appearance spot on our blog because this story is too good to pass up! As recruiting coordinator, I’m always looking for ways to get our name out in the media, on TV, etc., and trying to come up with innovative ways to get the public to know more about Loyola. Well, Carly Monzo, one of the newest members of the WBB team (graduating class of 2018) has made that happen. It was like a dream come true the morning of Sunday, May 4th. I woke up to a bunch of emails, texts, even phone calls about “DID YOU RECRUIT CARLY MONZO???” “IS CARLY MONZO COMING TO YOUR SCHOOL???” “CARLY MONZO IS LEGENDARY!!!” So let me explain how one of the newest members of our Loyola basketball family made it to the big screen.

It all started with this video she created a month ago asking 2-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White, to go to prom. She was clever enough to film it with a Hero 2 GoPro camera, one of Shaun’s sponsors, as well as insert music from the band he plays in, Bad Things. (And this is all without a Loyola education… impressive! Haha). She spent a good amount of time on the video, getting her friends, her family, and her school involved. It had gotten close to 2,000 views and had been favorited and retweeted on Twitter for nearly the entire month of April, trying to get Shaun’s attention.

I happened to speak to Mary Monzo, Carly’s mother, the day before Carly’s senior prom. We were chatting about freshmen orientation dates and summer school, typical conversations leading up to starting college. Before I hung up, I had to ask her if she thought Shaun was going to make an appearance. She said no, she did not think he was going to come, and that Carly was super bummed but had a date to the prom either way. And then BAM. I open my phone the next morning to these links and pictures


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And I think my favorite was a text from my brother, Adam (who works in the NBA, does not know much about women’s basketball) with this link from ESPN.

Adam continued to say he was so impressed, he admitted he did some research, and discovered she committed to play basketball at Loyola. So Carly, thank you for making me “cooler” in my brother’s eyes : )

And just when I thought Carly Monzo’s claim to fame had ended, I get texts and calls about how the story is going to be featured on Good Morning America! Here is the coverage!

With all of this said and done, we could not be happier to have Carly join our family. I am secretly hoping that Shaun White will make a surprise appearance at one of our basketball games next season! And Carly is a great representation of the new class of Greyhounds coming in- that if they put their mind to something, anything is possible!

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Farewell 2013… Hello 2014!

The Loyola women’s basketball team adopted a familyImage during the Christmas season. The team went shopping together and the girls picked out clothes and toys for the four children. After wrapping the gifts, the team traveled to the home of the family to deliver the gifts and wish them a Merry Christmas. The children were excited to see and talk with the team and the family was very grateful. Everyone agreed that it was an amazing experience.Image

On December 21 Loyola beat local rival UMBC, 56-49. The Greyhounds fought back from a 15-point deficit to get the win before leaving for the holiday. After a nice break at home, the team is back on campus and back at it.

As a team that has struggled with many obstacles this season, we have found that having each other and trusting in the team is extremely important. We are more than a team, but a family. Being part of the family means that we are part of something wonderful and so our team motto for the New Year is “Family First.”

We are looking forward to a strong start in 2014, beginning January 2 when we play in our first Patriot League game against Navy.

Check out more photos from our Christmas experience!ImageImage


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2013 Late Night With The Hounds

Take a look back from all the excitement at Late Night with the Hounds!

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Life After Loyola

ImageHello to all the Greyhound blog followers!

To kick things off, I’d like to talk about my transition. To put it simply, despite my excitement and love for the game, it was not an easy one. I have been a homebody for the majority of my life. Loyola is close to my hometown, and became one of the reasons I chose to become a Greyhound. Making the transition to move halfway across the world was difficult. Leaving my family at airport security, knowing I wouldn’t see them for many months made getting on the plane much harder, but I love basketball and knew I had to seize my opportunity to play professionally.

ImageI ended up getting a sinus infection, making my first week in Germany a little more hectic. I fought through the cold and homesickness to power through my first week.

My teammates and fans have all been very welcoming and have helped me through the language barrier. I have gotten used to it now after living here for almost two months, but the first few weeks had my head spinning. My first trip to the grocery store was somewhat overwhelming. Everything was written in German and when I asked for help I felt like an actor. I was acting out all my questions to the grocery store employees. Talk about embarrassing! I’ve finally gotten into a routine, and things are much easier now.Image

Having fellow American teammates made the transition much easier. We all get along really well, and it’s nice to have someone to talk to who is going through the same excitement and challenges as myself.

At the beginning of the season we didn’t get much down time to travel, but as soon as we had a weekend free I took complete advantage of it! My teammates and I took a road trip to Koln, Brussels and Amsterdam. It was so much fun! I would definitely recommend getting an authentic Belgian waffle from Brussels.

Living in Germany opens a lot of opportunities for me to travel and experience different parts of the world that I never thought were possible. I’m very grateful for my opportunity and future here. It’s a privilege to continue to play the sport I love, while creating opportunities to get out of my comfort zone and explore the world.  I know this opportunity would not have been possible without the support from my family, friends and Loyola family. All the support has prepared me and gotten me to where I am today. I’m very thankful to everyone.

My team, the Giro Live Panthers are currently 3-1. We play a game every weekend, and each game is broadcast live on Check us out!

Image                                                                                                            Katie Sheahin                                                                                 Loyola Women’s Basketball ‘13

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Left, Right, Left, Write…

Post by freshman guard Lisa Mirarchi


Last week the team had the opportunity to participate in a fun outdoor team-bonding activity. We traveled to a local ROTC reservation where we worked together through a string of challenging tasks. For every task, the team began by evaluating the scene, then planning, discussing and finally taking action. A different team member would take the main leadership role for each mission. We were challenged, but it was very beneficial and an overall great learning experience!


This week we also finished our fitness tests. The mile was not easy, and the team did a great job working together to get all members to pass. Teammates ran with other players, pushing their fellow teammates and giving them constant boosts of encouragement. When every player crossed the finished line, it was a proud moment not only for the runners but the coaches as well. Way to go everyone!

In the classroom, everyone has been busy studying for midterms. After they are finished taking exams, there is a long weekend for fall break. The team is looking forward to a few relaxing days off!

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Welcome To The 2013-14 Season!

Post by freshman guard Lisa Mirarchi:

Tons of excitement for the start of the new school year! It has been almost a month since Loyola University Maryland students reported back to campus, and it has been busy. After being on a quiet campus during the summer session, it has been refreshing to see new faces.

Everyone on the team has been working extremely hard the past few weeks in preparation for the official start of the season. Players had a variety of workouts including position work, concept work, individuals, conditioning, and lifting. In addition, fitness and strength tests have just finished up. We ended last week on a good note with the dreaded hill run. Each team member came prepared and focused and passed the test with flying colors. The coaches were very excited with the results, and are doing are great job pushing the team and keeping spirits high.


Last weekend, the women’s basketball players and coaches embarked on their first ever team retreat. No one knew what to expect from the short 36 hour time period, but the results were incredible. With complete isolation and removal from distractions, the team was able to properly focus and think about what was expected and wanted for the 2013-14 season. The team spent time thinking, reflecting, and discussing team plans and goals. We discussed team strengths and the value and importance of what each individual player brings to the team. After connecting on a deeper level, the team left the retreat house exhausted from a long weekend, but eager for the start of the season.

RETREAT2Practice begins Monday, Sept. 30. Despite the 7:30 a.m. start, everyone will be there with enthusiasm and a readiness to win the day. Watch out Patriot League! The Loyola women’s basketball team is geared up and ready to make our mark.

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Krusen Around The World – Part 4

Family Reunion in Mannheim, Germany

ImageWith my European study tour coming to an end, it was time to visit family in Germany. I was extremely excited to get to go back! I flew into Frankfurt, where my dad met me and then we drove to Mannheim to visit family. Shortly, after we arrived we went to a restaurant where we had dinner with the whole family. ImageI had never met my family overseas, so I couldn’t wait to finally meet them. I’ve seen pictures and heard stories but never got to meet them so this trip was very special for me! At dinner, I got to meet about 12 of my cousins and relatives, which was a great way to start the trip. After dinner, four of my cousins took us to Heidelberg and we walked around town and watched some of the soccer cup game. The atmosphere around town was insane because it was the first time two German teams were playing in the championship. FC Bayern Munich pulled out the victory, and it was very exciting to be among the atmosphere during the game.

The next day, my cousins Marco and Daniel were going to the gym and were nice enough to take me along. Later that day, my dad and I went over to my cousin Henry’s house and had an amazing home cooked meal. There were probably ten of us total for dinner, including my cousin Henry, his wife Mimi, his three sons Daniel, Marco, and Iven, my cousin Bernd, my dad’s aunt Ursula, and Daniel’s fiancé Laura. It was great to spend the day with the family and have some authentic home cooked German food. We had schnitzel, white asparagus, potatoes, and some German pastries/desserts. Everything was incredible!! After dinner, we hung out for a little while and then finished the night off playing Rummy. Needless to say, I wasn’t very good, but it was still tons of fun.

On Monday, I got to meet some more family for the first time. Around lunchtime, we went to my uncle Gunter and aunt Lea’s house. Their kids, Sandi and Rachel, and Sandi’s daughter Larissa joined us for lunch. It was great to meet more family. We had a traditional German lunch with weiswurst, pretzels, cheeses, and tomatoes and cucumbers. After lunch we hung out and looked through old photo albums. We then went for a little walk through the neighborhood and went to dinner at a local restaurant called Gasthaus Morgenrote, where I got goulash and knödel.  I also got to try some kassaptzen, which is a spaetzel and cheese casserole. I loved it all! It was another great day meeting some more family for the first time.

The following day, Tuesday, was our last day in Munich. My dad and I started the day off just like we did all the other days by heading to the local outdoor court to play some basketball! But today when we got the courts, there were three little boys playing soccer on one side, so I went to the open half and just started my workout. After a few minutes, I noticed that the boys stopped their game and were sitting on the side watching me shoot. A little while later they wanted to play with me, 3 against 1. ImageSo we played a little 3 vs. 1, and I have to say it was really fun! The three boys were so happy and smiling and laughing the whole time. It made my day to see them having so much fun. That afternoon my dad and I went into downtown Munich and walked around and did a little shopping. Around 4p.m. we went over to my cousin Henry’s house one last time for a farewell dinner. Aunt Mimi made knödel, some different meat dishes, spaetzel, a German chicken stew dish, and a tiramisu cake with berries for dessert. It was delicious as always! After dinner we all hung out on the patio for a little bit and then some people played cards and my cousin Marco took Daniel, Laura and I to see his flat. It was absolutely amazing…I wanted to move there (lol). When we got back to the house it was time to say goodbye to everyone 😦 It was time to go home and head back to Baltimore for summer school. During our goodbyes, we all got a little emotional. I had such an amazing time meeting everyone and spending time with them. I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they did and making it one of the best couple days I could’ve asked for. It was truly an unforgettable trip! I miss my family already and I can’t wait to see them all again soon J I am so grateful and thankful for the two and a half weeks I got to spend in Europe with friends and family. But, it is time to head back home to the United States and Loyola for summer school! Image

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