April 14, 2009

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Loyola, Georgetown Square off in Big East

from press release

Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for the first of its last two BIG EAST Conference regular-season games. The Greyhounds host Georgetown at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

Series History

Loyola and Georgetown will meet for the ninth time on Wednesday with each team taking four games in the first eight. Loyola opened the series with a 12-2 win on March 24, 1977, and won the next three times the teams played.

After a 20-0 Greyhounds' win in 1981, the teams did not play for 20 years until the met on May 18, 2001, in the NCAA Championships Semifinals, a game the Hoyas won 10-9. That started a run of four-straight wins in the series for Georgetown.

Last Time Out

Abby Rehfuss and Grace Gavin each scored twice in the game's first five minutes, staking a 4-0 lead for the Greyhounds on Saturday at Cincinnati. The Bearcats would score the next two, but 4-2 was as close as they'd draw in a 17-4 Loyola victory.

Five Greyhounds scored multiple goals, led by four from Rehfuss and Mary Heneberry.

Filippelli Nets Third BIG EAST Award

Cara Filippelli received her third BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Award on Monday after scoring twice and causing four turnovers at Cincinnati. She also had four ground balls.

Filippelli leads the BIG EAST with 2.23 caused turnovers per game (29 total) this season. She is also fourth in the conference with 2.69 ground balls per game (35 total) from her position in the defensive midfield.

No other BIG EAST player has won the Defensive Player of the Week Award more than once this season, and only Syracuse's Katie Rowan (three) has multiple Offensive Awards in 2009.

Taking Care Of The Ball = Taking Care Of Business

Loyola improved to 6-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents. The Greyhounds are 2-4 when turning the ball over more than their opponents, 1-0 when finishing with the same total of miscues.

Heneberry, Rehfuss Rack Up Four

Mary Heneberry and Abby Rehfuss each tallied four goals on Saturday, their highs for the season. Rehfuss also assisted on two goals, while Heneberry scored on each of her four shots.

Rehfuss had scored three goals in five different games, and including the April 5 contest against Syracuse has seven goals in Loyola's last two.

Heneberry logged her previous season-high of three goals at Notre Dame and has now scored multiple times in five games.

Balance Abound

Through 13 games this season, nine Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals.

As of April 7, no other BIG EAST Conference team has more than seven players who have scored in double digits.

The Greyhounds also have four players with 13 or more assists and three more with five-plus. All told, 10 Loyola players have recorded 10 or more points.

100-Point Mark

Gavin's free-position goal with just over two minutes remaining at Notre Dame gave her an even 100 points for her career while playing just 26 games.

In Loyola's 36-plus years of women's lacrosse, only one player has reached 100 points in quicker fashion. Janet Eisenhut, who is the school's all-time leading goal-scorer (223), recorded her 100th career point in her 20th collegiate game on April 19, 1981. Eisenhut held the Loyola points scored record with 284 until Stacey Morlang broke it with 288 in 2002.

Through 26 career games, Eisenhut recorded 134 total points, and Morlang had 78.

No Sophomore Slump

After a fantastic freshman season that earned her All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, Grace Gavin is following with a standout sophomore year. She has eclipsed her 2008 totals in goals (42 in 2009, 38 in 2008), assists (15/14), total points (57/52), ground balls (24/12) and caused turnovers (18/11) through 13 games this year.

Fellow sophomore Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss are also having outstanding second campaigns. Rehfuss has scored 28 goals and has 13 assists, while Filippelli is at 10 and four. Rehfuss leads the Greyhounds with 33 draw controls, and Filippelli tops Loyola in ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (29).

Goalkeeper Meg Steffe has improved her save percentage to .508 from .436 a year ago, and Mary Heneberry has exceeded her 12 goals with 16.

Goalies Combine For Good Numbers

Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff have split time in goal for Loyola relatively evenly this season. In 33 more minutes, Steffe has allowed 60 goals to Stoothoff's 58, while Steffe has made 62 saves and Stoothoff 56.

Together, they have the best combined saves percentage in the BIG EAST this season at .494.

Defensive Stand

The two goals Loyola allowed against Connecticut are tied for second-fewest in a BIG EAST Conference game. Notre Dame held Rutgers to just a pair, as well, in 2002.

Class Production

Loyola's sophomore class leads the Greyhounds (percentage-wise) in every statistical category on the board. The second year crew has scored 60-percent of the team's goals. It also leads in assists (51%), ground balls (53%) and caused turnovers (59%).

The seniors are in second in almost every category, scoring 37-percent of the goals and recording 40-percent of the assists. The juniors are in second with 19-percent of the team's caused turnovers.

Off To The Races

Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Loyola's game against then-No. 14 Cornell, staking Loyola to a 3-0 lead. She scored another during the first half and three during the second, matching her career-high of seven goals.

Goal Distribution

Through eight 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.

Adams Era Underway

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 total is still tops in all of NCAA Division I history.

Up Next

Loyola hosts Louisville on Saturday, April 18, at 12 p.m.


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