Feb. 14, 2010
University Park, Pa. - Despite a hat trick by Grace Gavin, the 14th ranked Loyola Greyhounds fell in their season opener at #18 Penn State, 9-8 Sunday afternoon at Holuba Hall. Freshman Cass Cursaro scored twice for Loyola in her collegiate debut, while Abby Rehfuss, Meg Decker and Emily Gibson also scored one each.
Penn State took the early 1-0 lead with 25:45 remaining in the first half on a man-up free-position goal by Theresa Zichelli, shortly after Cara Filippelli earned a yellow card.
Gavin was quick to respond with her first goal of the season just over a minute later depite being a man down.
Theresa Bucci gave the lead back to Penn State on another man-up free position shot before Emily Gibson tied the game at two with another man-down goal with 18:43 remaining in the first stanza.
After the Nittany Lions retook the lead, Gavin scored her second goal of the game, the first of three straight goals by Loyola to end the half. With 30 seconds remaining in the first half, Abby Rehfuss added a score and just 17 seconds later, freshman Cass Cursaro scored her first collegiate goal on an assist by Kelly Quinlan.
Down 5-3 at the half, Penn State responded for three unanswered goals to take the lead.
A goal by Meg Decker tied the game at six, but the Nittany Lions scored two more unanswered goals and held on for the win despite goals by Gavin and Cursaro.
Kerry Stoothoff stopped ten shots as she got the start between the pipes for Loyola, while Stephanie Ellis saved seven shots for Penn State.
Decker led Loyola with three draw controls, while senior Tara Gardner, Gibson and Stoothoff picked up three ground balls each for the Greyhounds.
Loyola is back in action Saturday, February 20, when they travel to Charlottesville to take on #10 Virginia at 1:00 pm.
Loyola Goals: Gavin (3), Cursaro (2), Rehfuss (1), Decker (1), Gibson, E. (1)
Assists: Quinlan (1)
Penn State Goals: Lesnick (2), Zichelli (2); Steadman (2); Bucci (1); Sofarnos (1); Adams (1)
Assists: Bucci (1); Dean (1); Fernandez (1); Valderas (1)