March 16, 2011
Newark, Del. - Freshman Marlee Paton scored with 34 seconds remaining to cap a furious Greyhounds rally and keep Loyola unbeaten on the season with a 14-13 win at Delaware Wednesday afternoon at the Blue Hens' Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium.
Trailing 13-10 with 5:12 remaining, Loyola (5-0) scored the final four goals of the contest to post the win. The rally started with a goal from senior Abby Rehfuss with 4:23 left to pull within two goals. Senior Grace Gavin tallied two minutes later to leave Loyola trailing by just one and senior Meg Decker tied the score 47 seconds later.
After Delaware (2-5) controlled the draw, the Greyhounds forced a turnover and senior Johanna Gibson scooped it up for Loyola. Following a Blue Hens foul, Paton tallied her third goal of the game and 12th of the season for the game-winner. After running the ball into Loyola's offensive end, Paton carried the ball above the eight-meter arc and was fouled. Her goal quickly followed once play reconvened. Senior Cara Filippelli, who forced the earlier turnover, won the draw control and Delaware was unable to get off a shot to tie it.
"We took a timeout with two minutes left and told the girls to fight until the last minute," Greyhounds third-year head coach Jen Adams said of the comeback. "The key was the caused turnovers. And Meg Decker was a spark. She really led us with her play."
Down 10-6, Loyola got pairs of goals from Decker and Paton over a five-and-a-half minute stretch to tie the score for the first time on the afternoon, but Delaware got goals from Julianna Jeffers and Corrine Drost 58 seconds apart to reinforce a two-goal lead at 12-10 with 14:15 remaining.
The game remained scoreless for the next nine minutes before the Blue Hens tallied again on a score from Morgan Leonard to increase the lead to 13-10 with 5:12 to play.
The Blue Hens jumped out to a three-goal lead to start the game and maintained an advantage for the first 30 minutes, closing the half with a 7-5 lead. Leonard opened and closed the scoring, sandwiching her two first-half tallies around five single-goal Delaware scorers.
It was more of the same at the start of the second half as the Blue Hens scored three of the first four goals to build that 10-6 lead. The final score was the only time during the game that Loyola held the lead.
Decker finished with a team-high four goals and added a pair of assists for six points. Paton collected an assist to go with her three scores, a total matched by Gavin. Senior Mary Heneberry scored twice and Rehfuss and Joanna Dalton each added a single goal. Senior Meg Steffe collected the win in goal for the Greyhounds, collecting two saves in 24:32 of action.
"For Meg Steffe to come off the bench the way she did and give us a lift was key," Adams added. "It's a hard thing for a goalie to come in like that after not starting, but she came up with some really big stops and kept us in it. And Abby Rehfuss had a phenomenal game all over the field. She was key to our caused turnovers. The stats don't always tell the whole story, but she led us."
For Delaware, Drost tallied four times and Jeffers and Leonard each scored three.
The Greyhounds return to the Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, hosting No. 10/9 James Madison at 1 o'clock. "It's a quick turnaround for us. Today was a tough and physical game. We'll get our rehab and get our rest and get ready for another tough game on Saturday."