March 29, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Thirteenth-ranked Loyola took a 7-3 lead 17 minutes into the game, but No. 9 Notre Dame went on a 12-3 run to take command and eventually a 17-13 BIG EAST Conference victory Sunday afternoon in the Loftus Sports Center.
Grace Gavin scored one of her four goals on a free-position shot with 12:31 left in the first half to give Loyola (7-3 overall, 0-2 BIG EAST) a 7-3 advantage, but the Fighting Irish (9-2, 2-1) reeled off three in a row to pull within a goal on Jillian Byers' score 8:43 before the half.
Cara Filippelli answered for Loyola, converting a free-position shot with 5:15 left, but Byers scored again, this time with just under two minutes remaining before the break, to cut the Greyhounds' lead to 8-7 at the half.
Gavin took an Abby Rehfuss pass and scored just over four minutes into the second half, but Shaylyn Blaney and Gina Scioscia scored unassisted goals for Notre Dame. Scioscia's goal tied the score at nine with 21:56 left in the game.
She scored twice more, two of her game-high six goals, to put the Fighting Irish in front for good, 11-9, with more than 19 minutes left to play.
Ansley Stewart tacked on a free-position goal - Notre Dame was 5-of-5 from the 8-meter arc in the second half and 8-of-10 in the game - less than a minute later. Rehfuss broke the 5-0 run, scoring off a Maura Kenny assist, but Blaney, Scioscia and Kailene Abt scored three in a row for the Fighting Irish.
Mary Heneberry and Gavin scored on free-position shots for Loyola, pulling the Greyhounds within three, 15-12, with just over five minutes left. Scioscia and Elizabeth Weber traded goals in the final minutes to provide the final outcome.
In addition to Scioscia's six, Byers scored three goals and assisted on another for Notre Dame, while Blaney and Abt tacked on three and two goals, respectively.
After Abt put Notre Dame on the board 48 seconds into the game, Rehfuss scored for Loyola a little more than a minute later. Kaitlin Keena put the Fighting Irish in front, 2-1, at the 25:14 mark, but the Greyhounds scored five unanswered to go ahead 6-2.
Gavin totaled four goals and an assist, and Heneberry tallied three goals for Loyola. Rehfuss added two goals and an assist.
Led by Filippelli's four, Loyola controlled 16 draws to Notre Dame's 15,but the Fighting Irish picked up 27 ground balls, and Loyola had just 18.
Loyola continues BIG EAST action next weekend when the Greyhounds host Connecticut on Friday, April 3, at 4 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday, April 5 at 1 p.m.