May 2, 2009

Loyola Subdues Denver in Shootout

from press releases

BALTIMORE - Colleen O'Keefe and Grace Gavin each scored four goals, and Loyola outlasted Denver for a 19-16 non-conference victory on Senior Day at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Greyhounds (11-6 overall) honored their eight seniors - Jessica Aikens, Paige Hoffen, Megan Joines, Maura Kenny, Colleen O'Keefe, Mary Clare and Meg Taylor and Elizabeth Weber - in a pregame ceremony.

O'Keefe added two assists to lead all players with six total points. The six points eclipsed her career of five set in the season-opener at Stony Brook, and her four goals tied her career-best from last season at Davidson.

Gavin also tallied an assist to bring her team-leading points and goals totals to 74 and 56, respectively. Her points total ranks ninth all-time in Loyola single-season history.

"This was a great way to send our senior out," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "They have done a tremendous amount for this program, and they deserved a win today. Through their efforts and leadership, they have set us up to have a very bright future here at Loyola."

The Pioneers (10-8) took leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the game's first nine minutes as Kaiti Delaney scored twice and Megan Carver added another on a free-position shot.

Loyola, however, turned up the defensive pressure and went on a 6-0 run.

Weber started the stretch with a goal at the 18:36 mark, and Gavin tallied three goals, while O'Keefe and Meg Taylor both added scores.

Lexi Sanders took a Becca Steinberg pass and scored for Denver with 3:29 left in the first half, pulling the Pioneers to within three, but Caroline Hager found O'Keefe in front of the crease for her second goal, staking Loyola to an 8-4 advantage with 3:14 to play.

Karen Morton and Delaney scored for Denver, wrapped around a goal by Mary Clare Taylor, making it a 9-6 Greyhounds' lead at halftime.

Carver and Lauren Ciccomascolo scored the first two goals of the second half for Denver, cutting Loyola's lead back to one, 9-8, with 26:25 remaining in the game.

O'Keefe flipped a pass to Meg Taylor, who scored, and the O'Keefe was on the scoring end of a Weber pass with 22:28 remaining.

Sanders, however, scored two in a row for Denver, pulling the Pioneers within one again, this time with just over 21 minutes left.

The teams traded goals for the next six-plus minutes with Morton's tally keeping Loyola's lead to just one, 14-13, with 15:12 on the clock.

Mary Clare Taylor was fouled on a quick-stick shot attempt in front of the goal, and the senior converted on a free-position shot. Abby Rehfuss and Mary Heneberry then scored five minutes later, providing the Greyhounds with a four-goal cushion.

Loyola finished the day with 21 caaused turnovers, led by four each from Kellye Gallagher and Cara Filippelli. In total, the Greyhounds forced 29 Denver turnovers, and Loyola scooped up 27 ground balls to the Pioneers' 24. Filippelli's caused turnovers gave her 38 for the season, the second-best single-season total in Loyola history.

In addition to O'Keefe and Gavin's four goals, Meg Taylor added three for Loyola, while Rehfuss, Heneberry and Mary Clare Taylor each contributed two apiece. Weber and Filippelli had one each.

The Greyhounds finish the season with a 11-6 record, a 4.5-game improvement over last year's record under the direction of Adams in her first year as Loyola head coach.


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