March 5, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola freshman Mary Heneberry scored six goals, and her classmate Grace Gavin added four, as the Greyhounds controlled possession for most of the game in an 18-11 victory over 19th-ranked Delaware on Wednesday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Loyola (2-4) won 20 of 31 draw controls in the game, and six players scored goals for the Greyhounds including two senior defenders who have not scored since their freshmen seasons in 2005.
"We talked as a team about making sure that we were fast to the ball on the draw controls, and we did a good job of that today," Head Coach Kerri O'Day said. "We didn't just have one or two players who were getting the draw controls; that was really a team effort."
Nine players recorded draw controls for Loyola, led by Mary Clare Taylor's career-high four.
Delaware (1-1) won the first two draw controls and scored the game's first two goals as Casey McCrudden and Katie Muth recorded unassisted tallies.
Mary Clare Taylor picked up the ensuing draw control for the Greyhounds (2-4) and fed Abby Rehfuss who took the ball into the offensive zone. She found Heneberry cutting in front of the goal, and Heneberry put Loyola on the scoreboard with 26:24 to play in the first half.
The goal started an 18-3 run for Loyola that spanned both halves.
Meg Taylor won the next draw control for the Greyhounds, and after Delaware goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny saved a Colleen O'Keefe free-position shot, Mary Clare Taylor forced a Cerveny turnover on the Delaware clear attempt.
Taylor then missed a free-position shot of her own, but O'Keefe tied the score at 2-2 with a follow-up attempt.
Heneberry put Loyola ahead on the Greyhounds next possession with her second goal. Nicole Flego tied the score, off a Muth assist, four minutes later, scoring with 19:10 remaining.
Gavin put her first goal into the net with 15:40 left in the half, giving Loyola a lead they would not relinquish.
Bridget O'Keefe's free-position goal with 12:08 was followed by a Gavin score just 14 seconds later.
Both teams were scoreless for the over four minutes, but after a save by Loyola goalkeeper Meg Steffe, the Greyhounds ran their transition to near perfection. Bridget Zingler took the ball near midfield and raced to goal. The goal was the fourth of her collegiate career and first since May 7, 2005.
Kate Filippelli won the next two draw controls for the Greyhounds, and Heneberry scored back-to-back goals, giving Loyola a 9-3 lead.
The Blue Hens pulled to within five on a Courtney Aburn goal with 4:27 remaining, but Gavin converted on a free-position shot with 3:48 left, and Heneberry took a pass from Colleen O'Keefe and scored with 11 ticks left before halftime.
The Greyhounds picked up where they left off in the second half, as Colleen O'Keefe scored on a free-position shot. Aburn scored again for Delaware, but Rehfuss gave Loyola an eight-goal advantage, 13-5, with 24:39 remaining.
Delaware won the next draw control, but Steffe saved an Alexis Curcio shot, and on the clear attempt, Kristen Stone took a feed from Rehfuss and scored the second goal of her career and first since March 19, 2005.
The Blue Hens scored the final six goals of the game, three in the final two minutes.
Alicyn Brunnett and Rehfuss each had two assists, while Gavin and O'Keefe had one a piece.
Steffe made 10 saves in goal, and Courtney Burhans added two.
Meg Taylor led Loyola with three ground balls, while Stone had two of Loyola's eight caused turnovers.
Heneberry's six goals were the most by a Loyola player this season. She had two goals entering the game.
The Greyhounds resume BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, March 8, 2008, when they face Rutgers at 11 a.m.