Hat Tricks By Decker and Rehfuss Lead WLAX Past Cornell

March 13, 2010

Box Score

Ithaca, N.Y. - Abby Rehfuss and Meg Decker both scored hat tricks as the 17th ranked Loyola Greyhounds defeated Cornell, 11-9, Saturday afternoon on the Big Red's Schoellkopf Field. Grace Gavin and Emily Gibson also scored two goals apiece, while Mary Heneberry added the other.

Down 2-0 early, Loyola scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead with 14:29 remaining.

Decker got the Greyhounds on the board with an assist by Rehfuss to cut the two-goal lead in half and Gibson, off a pass from Caroline Hager recorded the equalizer just under ten minutes into the game.

Rehfuss then scored a pair of goals two minutes apart as Loyola took a 4-2 lead.

Gibson scored the last of five consecutive goals for the `Hounds with 14:29 remaining.

Cornell ended the half on a 3-2 run as the Greyhounds went into the half with a 7-5 lead, with Rehfuss completing the hat trick and a score by Gavin providing the offense for Loyola.

The Big Red took charge after the break and tied the score at eight with 21:35 to go.

Decker then scored a pair of goals to complete her hat trick and Gavin's second score gave Loyola an 11-8 advantage.

Rehfuss led the Greyhounds offensively with four points on three goals and an assist, while Decker recorded her first hat trick as a Greyhound.

Gibson recorded a pair of goals and a team-high three ground balls, while Gavin tallied a pair of goals and a team-high three draw controls. Gibson and Ashley Moulton tied for the team-lead with a pair of caused turnovers.

Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff played all 60 minutes and recorded seven saves as the Greyhounds recorded their second straight victory.

Libby Johnson led Cornell with three points on a goal and two assists, while Jessi Steinberg, Shannon McHugh and Katie Kirk all had two goals apiece.

Kyla Dambach recorded six saves in just over 38 minutes in net for Cornell. Kristen Reese was credited with the loss, allowing four goals without recording a save in 22 minutes between the pipes.

Loyola (4-3) opens its BIG EAST Conference schedule as they host Rutgers in the Greyhounds first game at the newly constructed Ridley Athletic Complex Tuesday, March 16. Open Draw is slated for 7:00 p.m.