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Gavin's Goals, Stoothoff's Saves Lift #6 Women's Lacrosse

March 11, 2011

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BALTIMORE - Grace Gavin matched her career-high with seven goals and eight points, and the sixth-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team defeated visiting Cornell University, 14-8, on Friday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Loyola improves to 4-0 with the win, the best start for the Greyhounds since 2003. Cornell falls to 1-3.

Defensively, Kerry Stoothoff made several spectacular saves, posting 12 in goal for the Greyhounds. the junior co-captain also collected five ground balls to lead the team in that category. Meg Decker and Kellye Gallagher each caused three turnovers for Loyola.

Leading 7-4 at the half, the Greyhounds kept the pressure on in the second, outshooting the Big Red 16-9.

Gavin picked up right where she left off, tallying her fifth of the game 1:07 into the stanza with an unassisted score to give the Greyhounds an 8-4 lead.

Two Cornell goals cut the lead in half, however, as Kelly Lang and Jessi Steinberg drew the Big Red to within two, 8-6.

The Greyhounds then fired off another trio of goals to build their lead to five with 22:49 remaining, the largest of the game at that point.

Marlee Paton scored her ninth of the season thanks to a Mary Heneberry helper before Caroline Hager notched her first of the day on Paton's first career assist.

Helen McCutcheon made the score 11-6 on a free position shot for her second of the year, lasering a shot past Cornell's Courtney Gallagher.

Katie Kirk broke up the run with a goal to pull within four, 11-7.

Gavin added two more to wrap her scoring for the game, getting one from a free position attempt before scoring her 15th of the year with 17:20 to go. Her seventh goal tied her career high of seven, the first time she accomplished the feat since a game against Connecticut on April 18, 2010.

Abby Rehfuss closed the Loyola offensive output with another free position goal, making the score 14-7.

Jessi Steinberg added one more for Cornell with 10 minutes to go, but the Loyola defense would allow no more and come away with the win, 14-8.

Gavin scored three of the game's first four goals to open the game, helping the Greyhounds jump out to a 4-1 advantage. She added a fourth goal 3:22 before halftime and then tallied three after the break.

Gavin dodged out of a double-team on the left side, cut to the middle and scored her seventh goal of the game with 17:20 to play, tying her career-high.

Gavin put the Greyhounds on the scoreboard first with a score a little over two minutes into the game, notching the first of four first half goals for the senior.

Jessi Steinberg answered with 18:17 remaining in the half to pull Cornell even, 1-1.

Gavin then tallied two more on individual efforts to complete the hat trick, followed by an Abby Rehfuss goal from a free position shot to make the score 4-1 with 15:38 left in the first half.

Steinberg scored her second between two Libby Johnson goals as the half wound down to tie the game again at 4-4.

The Greyhounds' defense responded and the offense took over, scoring three straight goals to enter halftime with a 7-4 advantage.

With 3:58 before the halftime break, Mary Heneberry notched her second of the season off of a Meg Decker pass to break the deadlock at 5-4.

Gavin added another with a shot that fooled Cornell goalkeeper Kyla Dambach as Gavin fell to her right, making the score 6-4 with 3:22 left in the half.

Loyola ended the half in style, scoring one more with two seconds left. After a fantastic Kerry Stoothoff save, Gavin sprinted down the field before giving the ball to Decker, who converted from the right side on an impressive shot to give the Greyhounds a 7-4 lead to end the half.

Loyola heads to Delaware on Wednesday, March 16, to take on the Blue Hens at 4 p.m.