March 17, 2009

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Loyola, Cornell Set for Top 20 Showdown

from press release

Loyola continues a three-game homestand with a mid-week contest against 14th-ranked Cornell on Wednesday, March 18, at 3 p.m.

Filippelli Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

Cara Filippelli was naemd the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She caused four turnovers and picked up four ground balls against Davidson.

Filippelli became the first Loyola player to win the award since her sister, Kate, received the nod on April 14, 2008.

National Rankings

Cornell will be the third ranked team (Virginia and Towson) that Loyola has played this season.

The Greyhounds are currently 20th in the Inside Lacrosse poll after entering the ranking last week at 18. Loyola is also 20th in last week's IWLCA Coaches Poll, marking the first time since the week of March 21, 2005, that the team has been ranked.

Series History

Wednesday's game will be the third all-time meeting between the program, all coming in the last three seasons. Cornell is 2-0 against the Greyhounds, defeating Loyola 13-10 in 2007 and 16-5 last season.

Last Time Out

Loyola scored the first seven goals of the game, holding visiting Davidson scoreless for over 15 minutes to start the contest, and rolled to a 20-3 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Grace Gavin scored five times, and Emily Gibson tallied three goals, against the Wildcats. Loyola took a 13-2 halftime lead and did not allow another Davidson goal until there were just 14 seconds left in the game.

Goal Distribution

Through five games this season, Loyola has been highly effective in spreading out its offense. The Greyhounds have seen 12 and 11 different players score goals in games and nine in another.

After an informal poll, no other NCAA Division I team has had 12 or more players score in a game this year.

Seven Loyola players are averaging 1.0 goals or more per game and a total of 16 players have scored this year.

Defending Clears

In its last 90 minutes of action, the Loyola defense has held Towson and Davidson to a .306 clearing percentage. Towson managed just 3-of-10 successful clears in the second half against the Greyhounds, while the Wildcats cleared the ball just 8-of-26 times on Sunday.

This season, Loyola's opponents are clearing the ball just 58-percent of the time (51-of-88), while the Greyhounds have cleared it at an 80-percent (84-of-105) clip.

On The Mark

Loyola has improved its shot percentage (goals divided by shots) from .420 last season to .491 through five games in 2009. As a result, the Greyhounds lead the BIG EAST Conference in that category.

Among players averaging a goal per game or more, Mary Heneberry leads the team with a .750 shot percentage, while Abby Rehfuss and Emily Gibson are just behind at .688.

Scoring Stats

Loyola's 16-goal margin of victory over Davidson was the largest by a Greyhounds' team since they defeated American, 25-4, on May 1, 2002.

The three goals allowed were the fewest by Loyola since giving up the same number on March 30, 2005, against George Mason.

Early Career High

While she has been an integral part of Loyola's team each of the last two years, especially on the draw, Emily Gibson has seen her goal production go up dramatically this year. She has scored 11 goals in just five games, already eclipsing the seven she scored as a freshman in 2007.

Gibson leads the team this season with 15 ground balls, just five off her career-high from a season ago. She is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST with 3.0 ground balls per game.

Gavin Moves Up

Grace Gavin's five-goal, two-assist performance on Sunday against Davidson moved her up to fourth in the BIG EAST in goals per game (3.2), tied for seventh with teammate Colleen O'Keefe in assists per game (1.4) and third in points per game (4.6). She is also second in the conference in caused turnovers per game (2.6).

Delaware Tilt Rescheduled

Loyola's game at Delaware that was to be played on March 4 has been rescheduled for March 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Newark.

Adams Era Begins

A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse began this season when Jen Adams took the field for her first regular-season game as head coach.

Adams was named the seventh head coach in Loyola women's lacrosse history on June 6, 2008, after spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.

A 2001 graduate of College Park, Adams is widely considered the top women's lacrosse player of all-time. She helped the Terrapins win the NCAA title each of the four seasons she was on the field and her marks of 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points still stand as school records. Her goal and assist totals are still tops amongst all NCAA Division I players.

World Renowned

All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.

Adams will play for Australia, while assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.

Up Next

Loyola wraps up its three-game homestand on Saturday, March 21, against 16th-ranked James Madison. The game follows the Loyola men versus Massachusetts that starts at 1 p.m.

Saturday's game will be ‘Power In Pink Day.' Stay tuned to the Loyola website for more details. 


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