Loyola Wins Ridley Opener With Fast Start Against Rutgers

March 16, 2010


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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland scored the game's first nine goals, and the 17th-ranked Greyhounds cruised to a BIG EAST Conference win, 18-6 over No. 20 Rutgers in the Greyhounds' first game at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The 18 goals were a season-high for the `Hounds.

Mary Heneberry scored Loyola's first three goals, while Meg Decker and Joanna Dalton each added two goals in the opening run for Loyola (5-3 overall, 1-0 BIG EAST).

Down 9-0, Rutgers got on the board with an Annie McGinley goal 7:41 before halftime, but Emily Gibson scored less than four minutes later with a quick-stick goal off a Kelly Quinlan pass from behind the goal.

Mary Cryan scored with 2:33 to go in the half for Rutgers (5-2, 0-1), cutting Loyola's lead to 10-2. Grace Gavin and Cara Filippelli, however, scored with less than a minute on the clock, giving Loyola a 12-2 lead at the break.

Heneberry finished with five goals, while Decker and Gavin each had three. Joanna Dalton, Filippelli and Gibson each scored a pair of goals as well. Heneberry's five goals and point total was the most she scored since she tallied six goals against Delaware on March 5, 2008.

Decker also had a pair of assists to tie Heneberry for the team-lead with five points. Gavin added an assist, and Gibson also tallied two to record four points on the night.

Kerry Stoothoff had another solid outing in the cage, recording four saves in just under 47 minutes of play. Meg Steffe played just over 13 minutes, but did not record a save.

Junior captain Abby Rehfuss also had a solid all-around game with a goal and a career-high eight ground balls, shattering her old record of four. She also tallied a pair of draw controls and caused two turnovers.

The reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Ana Heneberry led the team with four caused turnovers as Loyola held Rutgers to a season-low six goals.

The victory was the Greyhounds third straight and the fifth time in eight games they held their opponent to under ten goals.

Loyola is back in action on Saturday, March 20, when it travels to James Madison for a 1 p.m. non-conference game.