March 18, 2009
BALTIMORE - Grace Gavin scored three goals in less than two minutes to start the game, helping 20th-ranked Loyola jump out to an 11-2 halftime lead and defeat 14th-ranked Cornell, 16-9, Wednesday afternoon on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Gavin finished with seven goals, matching her career-high, while Abby Rehfuss scored three and assisted on two others.
Loyola (5-1 overall) dominated possession early and controlled 19 of 27 draws in the game, enabling the Greyhounds to build a big advantage.
"This was a big win for us over a very, very good Cornell team," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "We came out with a lot of enthusiasm in the first half and put into place all of the things that we have been working on in practice. We are going into a tough stretch of games, and it was great for us to go out and get this win."
Rehfuss won the opening draw control of the game for Loyola, and Gavin knifed through the Big Red defense, scoring the opening goal 12 seconds in.
O'Keefe and Gibson each had three assists for the Greyhounds.
Shannon McHugh scored for Cornell on a free-position shot to cut Loyola's lead to two, but Elizabeth Weber took a Cara Filippelli pass and scored just over five minutes into the game. Mary Clare Taylor tacked on a goal four minutes later, off a Gavin assist, to put Loyola ahead 5-1.
The Big Red scored again off an 8-meter shot, this one by Kate Dewey with 18:28 left before halftime, but 5-2 is as close as Cornell would get the rest of the way.
Gavin, Rehfuss and Filippelli each scored, and Rehfuss then reeled off a pair of unassisted goals to give Loyola a 10-2 lead with 7:09 on the clock. With just under three minutes before the half, Gibson found Maura Kenny in front of the goal, and Kenny scored on a low shot to provide the Greyhounds with a nine-goal lead at the break.
Loyola outshot Cornell, 22-5, in the first half, and the Greyhounds picked 14 ground balls to the Big Red's nine.
O'Keefe scored off the opening draw of the second half to give Loyola a 12-2 lead, but Jessi Steinberg trimmed it back to nine with a free-position goal five minutes into the second half.
Gavin and Weber scored on back-to-back possessions for Loyola before Cornell went on a 3-0 run to make it a 14-6 game with 14:17 remaining.
Gavin, however, scored twice more for Loyola. Her seven goals matched her career-high set last season at Louisville in a Greyhounds' victory.
McHugh and Dewey each scored three goals to lead Cornell, which defeated Loyola 15-6 last season on the Big Red's home field.
Filippelli led all players with four draw controls, while Rehfuss and Gibson each controlled three for Loyola. Gibson also had a team-best four ground balls. Filippelli and Ana Heneberry led all players with three caused turnovers.
Loyola returns to action on Saturday, March 21, with another game against a ranked opponent. The Greyhounds face No. 16 James Madison at approximately 3 p.m. following the Loyola men's lacrosse game against Massachusetts that starts at 1 p.m.