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Gibson Scores Four, But No. 4 Virginia Tops Women's Lacrosse

Feb. 21, 2009

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BALTIMORE - Loyola's Emily Gibson scored a career-high four goals, but Virginia had four players score three or more, and the fourth-ranked Cavaliers defeated the Greyhounds, 19-8, on Saturday afternoon in Loyola's home-opener at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Ashley McCulloch and Blair Weymouth each scored four for Virginia (2-0), and Kaitlin Duff and Julie Gardner added three a piece.

After the teams traded goals in the first six minutes, the Cavaliers took a 5-1 lead 11:35 into the game on a Caity Whiteley goal.

Grace Gavin scored just over a minute later for Loyola (1-1), but Virginia reeled off three in a row to go ahead 8-2 with 13:11 to play before halftime.

Loyola, however, scored the next two goals, as Gibson scored her first on a pass from Colleen O'Keefe, and Elizabeth Weber found the net on a free-position, cutting Virginia's lead to 8-4 with 9:25 on the clock.

Virginia scored the final three goals of the first half, and the initial two of the second to take an eight-goal lead.

In addition to her four goals, McCulloch assisted on three others for Virginia, while Weymouth and Duff each had two assists.

Weber scored twice for Loyola, and Abby Rehfuss added another tally.

"I was very proud of our effort today. (Virginia) put together some good goals, but we did not back down or hang our heads," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "We did some very good things that are great signs going forward. At the same time, we will take a look at the film and see what we need to adjust."

The Greyhounds did lead Virginia, 24-18, in ground balls, as Gavin and Gibson each picked up four. Cara Filippelli caused three turnovers, while Gibson and Rehfuss each caused three.

Loyola is quickly back in action when they take on UMBC at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

"As soon as that final whistle blew, our focus became UMBC," Adams said. "They are a tough team that we have a good rivalry with, and we are looking forward to that game now."