Sibling Rivalry

Players’ family ties mean wins for Greyhounds

By Ryan Eigenbrode

Ask a Super Bowl-winning coach for the key to his team’s success, and you’re sure to hear him compare the team to a family. As teams spend hundreds of hours a year together, striving for common goals and facing obstacles, players often forge brotherly and sisterly bonds.

For three Loyola teams, however, the “family” description is more than mere metaphor. The bloodlines run deep and true, with siblings dotting the rosters of the golf, crew and women’s lacrosse teams. These brothers and sisters have been competing and collaborating on the same teams—their families—for years.

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Family Adds Value

Siblings bring a connection that can result in athletic triumph. Just ask golfer brothers Michael, ’09, and Jay Mulieri, ’12, or crew members Devin, ’09, and Sheila Marsicovetere, ’10. Sheila helped lead the women’s crew team to its first MAAC title since 2005, while Devin and the men placed second. At the annual athletic department banquet Devin won the men’s Most Valuable Rower honor and Sheila was named women’s Most Dedicated Rower.

Sticking Together

The richest example of sibling strength this spring was found on Loyola’s lacrosse field, where five sister pairs helped bring the 2009 Hounds an 11-6 record and a national ranking. The sisters—Emily, ’10, and Johanna Gibson, ’11; Ana, ’12, and Mary Heneberry, ’11; Bridget, ’10, and Colleen O’Keefe, ’09; twins Mary Clare and Meg Taylor, ’09; and Elizabeth, ’09, and Virginia Weber, ’12—helped the team develop a strong bond that reached from the locker room to the field.

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  • Posted by Bill Flattery/ '57-Paul/ '59 | August 21, 2009

    Once again another oversight.3 brothers(Jack & Bill played in1954/56- lacrosse; Paul & Bill played in /’56 & ’57) Both Bill & Paul were co-captains in their senior years.Jack (now deceased) and Paul were defensemen. Bill was a goalie.For whatever reason you continually overlook the events of that time period but no one seem to care. There’s another part of this story as well but who cares.

  • Posted by editor | August 21, 2009

    Thank you for your comment. In the spring issue we had asked our readers to help us identify alumni siblings who were teammates during their time at Loyola, and we were pleased to receive as many names as we did. I apologize for the omission. This certainly was not an intentional oversight, and I appreciate that you brought it to my attention.

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