March 5, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - The No. 7 Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team kept up its winning ways and spoiled No. 17 Towson's home opener, cruising to a 12-2 victory on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium. The win marks the first time the Greyhounds have started a season 2-0 since 2006.
Loyola improves to 2-0 on the year while Towson moves to 0-2. The 12-2 win matches the biggest Greyhounds win over the Tigers since March 28, 2001, when Loyola turned in a 13-3 win on the road. Loyola builds its lead to 30-9 in the all-time series with the result.
"Our defense had an outstanding performance today and they showed they can play with anyone," said Head Coach Jen Adams. "We know this is a really tough side and for them coming off a tough loss to UMBC [on Wednesday], we knew they were going to come out fired up today."
Loyola enjoyed an advantage in nearly every statistical category. The Greyhounds outshot Towson 24-14, forced 27 turnovers to 20 of their own, collected 22 ground balls to Towson's 19 and went 17-for-19 on clearing attempts, while Towson managed nine successful clears out of 23.
Kerry Stoothoff came up big for Loyola once again, making 10 saves, including seven in the second half, for her second win of the season.
"Our goalkeeper had our back and she's really stepping it up and having a sensational season so far," Adams said. "We expect nothing less."
Four Greyhounds scored two goals each (Grace Gavin, Caroline Hager, Marlee Paton and Abby Rehfuss) and four more each tallied one (Cara Filippelli, Taryn VanThof, Ali Carpenter and Ashley Cahill). Cahill, VanThof and Carpenter each scored their first career goal in the win.
A 5-1 first half put Loyola in the driver's seat for the rest of the game and the Greyhounds kept the pressure on in the second, outscoring Towson 7-1. The team's defense, led by Ana Heneberry, Kellye Gallagher and Ashley Moulton, held Towson to the lowest goal total by a Loyola opponent since a 17-2 over Connecticut on April 3, 2009.
The Greyhounds opened the half in similar fashion to the first, tallying the period's first two scores.
Four minutes and 34 seconds after halftime, Cara Filippelli passed to Hager behind the net, who found Gavin outside the fan area. Gavin sprinted in front of the net before tossing the ball to Hager, followed by a successful shot from Hager to make the score 6-1 Loyola.
Abby Rehfuss found the net less than a minute later with her second of the season. A goal from the senior co-captain 5:22 into the period bumped the Loyola's lead to 7-1.
A free position opportunity gave Towson a chance to answer shortly after Rehfuss' goal and the Tigers converted. Jackie LaMonica fired a low shot past Stoothoff's left side with 23:21 remaining to climb within five, 7-2.
Loyola struck quickly again, regaining the six-goal lead less than a minute later on Ali Carpenter's first career score. The freshman threw in a successful shot to goalkeeper Mary Teeters' right from a free position attempt and Loyola led 8-2 with 22:27 to go in the game.
After some strong defensive displays from Loyola, Caroline Hager extended the Greyhounds' advantage with 9:14 left. Hager took a Filippelli pass and found the net for her second of the game, beefing up Loyola's lead to 9-2.
Less than a minute later, Rehfuss fired a laser on the run that beat Teeters above her left shoulder to break the 10-goal mark for Loyola. The goal made the score 10-2 in favor of the visitors with 9:14 left.
Loyola wasn't finished scoring after Rehfuss' tally, however. With 5:18 left, fellow co-captain Cara Filippelli caused a turnover in the Towson end, picked up the ground ball and streaked past the roving goalkeeper to convert a shot into the open net, handing Loyola a nine-goal 11-2 lead.
Ashley Cahill would become the eighth different Greyhound to score in the game with her first career goal with 1:23 remaining. Cahill ran from behind the net and tucked a shot into the right side of the net to give Loyola a 12-2 lead. The score would stand as the final as Loyola emerged victorious, 12-2.
The Greyhounds defense set the tone in the first half, dominated in the opening 30 minutes. The team forced 15 Towson turnovers and held the Tigers to 3-for-14 on clear attempts en route to giving up only one goal in the half.
Grace Gavin wasted little time in putting the Greyhounds on the scoreboard, notching the game's first goal 1:07 into the game. The senior Tewaaraton Award watch list member bounced a free position shot past Teeters to give Loyola a 1-0 lead early in the contest.
The Greyhounds followed up with another to put Loyola ahead, 2-0, thanks to Taryn VanThof's first career goal. VanThof converted in front on a pass from Caroline Hager behind the net over Teeters' head, scoring 4:43 from the opening whistle.
Nearly five minutes later, the Greyhounds would find their third, again from a freshman. A failed Towson clear gave Cara Filippelli the ball from a stoppage and she found Marlee Paton all alone, who scored from in close to give Loyola a 3-0 advantage with 20:21 left in the first half.
Paton notched her second just 23 seconds later, sliding a free position shot past Teeters to make the score 4-0 in favor of Loyola and force a Towson timeout.
The Tigers took advantage of the stoppage, scoring shortly after the timeout. Kelly Custer sprinted around from behind the net and took a low shot that fooled Stoothoff, giving Towson its first score with 18:35 left in the half and cutting into the Loyola lead, 4-1.
Both teams battled for the rest of the half in search of a goal and it appeared the halftime score would stand at 4-1, but Grace Gavin wasn't finished scoring in the period. A charging Gavin broke through the Towson defense and tallied her second of the game with 14 seconds left before the halftime break, giving the Greyhounds a 5-1 lead heading into the intermission.
Loyola returns for two home contests next week at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds take on Penn State on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., before facing Cornell at 1 p.m. on Friday.