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Greyhounds Use Balanced Scoring Effort To Defeat UMBC

Feb. 25, 2009

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BALTIMORE - Twelve Loyola players scored goals, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting UMBC, 21-6, in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

Grace Gavin scored four, and Abby Rehfuss and Colleen O'Keefe added three each, for Loyola (2-1). Emily Gibson and Mary Heneberry both scored a pair, as well.

Meg Taylor took a pass from Gavin, scoring the game's first goal just 39 seconds in for Loyola. The Greyhounds went on to score the game's first eight goals before UMBC (1-2) got on the board for the firsy time with just 9:48 to play in the first half.

Loyola's defense held UMBC to eight shots in each half and forced 20 Retrievers' turnovers. The Greyhounds caused 17 of the turnovers - Kellye Gallagher led the team with five caused turnovers - and Loyola picked up 29 ground balls to UMBC's 16.

"I was very pleased with the way that we distributed the ball on offense. It showed that we can be a very deep team scoring, and we have a lot of people who are threats," Head Coach Jen Adams said. "The big key for us today, though, was winning the 50-50 balls. We did a much better job of getting draw controls and ground balls today, and we also limited our fouls."

Gallagher and Taylor led the Greyhounds with four ground balls each, and Rehfuss topped all players with six draw controls.

Following Taylor's opening goal, Gibson scored her first of the game on the left side of the crease, and Cara Filippelli took a Gavin pass to score 18 seconds later at the 26:30 mark.

O'Keefe and Heneberry scored unassisted goals, and Elizabeth Weber found the net on a free-position shot with 18:50 to play before halftime, giving Loyola a 7-0 lead.

Heneberry then took a Gibson feed from behind the cage to score, and Rehfuss tallied her first on a free-position attempt with 12:03 on the clock.

Amanda Pappas broke the 20-plus minute scoring drought with the Retrievers' first goal.

Gibson finished a Caroline Hager pass for a goal, and Gavin scored unassisted to put Loyola on top 10-1 with 4:51 on the first-half clock before Pappas and Ashley Stodter scored back-to-back goals to finish the half for UMBC.

O'Keefe used a Filippelli feed 31 seconds into the second half to give Loyola a 11-3 lead, but UMBC got on the board again less than a minute later as Bria Phillips scored on a free-position shot.

Loyola then held the Retrievers scoreless for the next 26:50 before UMBC scored twice in the game's final 1:57.

During that stretch, Gavin scored three times and Rehfuss found the net twice, as Loyola scored nine in a row.

Ashley Cudmore and Steph Deisher also scored the first goals of their collegiate careers for Loyola in the waning minutes.

Kerry Stoothoff played the first half in goal for Loyola, making three saves, and Meg Steffe allowed just one goal in over 26 minutes of action in the second half, saving four shots.

The Greyhounds take a week off before resuming non-conference action on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, when they travel to Newark, Del., for a 4 p.m. game at Delaware.