Mary Heneberry scored five goals and Grace Gavin recorded seven points on three goals and a career-high four assists as the 13th ranked Loyola Greyhounds ran past Cincinnati, 16-6 in a BIG EAST conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The victory was Loyola's sixth straight win.
Cara Filippelli (3g) and Emily Gibson (2g) also had multi-point efforts for the Greyhounds.
Caroline Hager recorded the first goal of the game with an unassisted goal at 24:43, but Laura Simanski answered the call for the Bearcats two minutes later with a goal of her own.
Gibson and Filippelli then scored back-to-back goals for the Greyhounds to give Loyola a 3-1 lead at 17:35.
Katie Liberatore cut the lead to 3-2 at 11:37, but that was as close as the Bearcats would get.
After Heneberry and Gavin scored two straight goals on free-position shots, Natalie Starvaggi scored on a free-position of her own, prompting Loyola head coach Jen Adams to call a timeout at 4:47 as Loyola held a 5-3 lead.
The Greyhounds responded quickly after the timeout and went on a 4-0 run to end the half as Heneberry completed the hat trick.
Leading 9-3 at the half, Loyola scored two more consecutive goals as Heneberry recorded her fourth goal and Gavin completed her hat trick with 22:50 remaining.
Simanski scored her second goal of the game at 21:59, but Gavin took over from there, recording all four of her assists on a pair of goals by Filippelli and one each by Helen McCutcheon and Kathleen Barranco.
Gavin had a fifth assist taken away midway through the second half as a behind-the-back goal by Meg Decker was waved off.
The Greyhounds out shot the Bearcats, 45-19 as Loyola tallied a season-high in the category. The `Hounds also recorded a season-high 27 ground balls and a season-low 12 turnovers on the day.
Kerry Stoothoff played just over 49 minutes in net for the Greyhounds in the victory, stopping seven shots. Meg Steffe recorded one save in the final 10:03.
Cincinnati's Katherine Russo kept the Bearcats in the game early making several stops, but Loyola finally solved the sophomore keeper. Russo stopped 17 shots on the day.
Gavin also led Loyola with four draw controls and was second on the team in with three ground balls. Ana Heneberry, the younger sister of junior teammate Mary Heneberry, led the team with four ground balls and four caused turnovers.
Loyola is back in action Monday, April 5, when they host 14th-ranked Notre Dame in a pivotal BIG EAST conference matchup. Opening draw from the Ridley Athletic Complex is slated for 12:00 pm.
Loyola's six-game winning streak matches the season-long from last season. During the streak, they have outscored opponents, 90-45, averaging 15 goals a game and allowing just 7.5.
Loyola's last winning streak longer than six games came in the 2004 season when the Greyhounds won nine straight. The 2004 season was the last time Loyola made the NCAA Tournament.
In three games at the Ridley Athletic Complex, Loyola has outscored its opponents, 52-19, averaging 17.3 goals and allowing just 6.3 goals.
Grace Gavin's four assists were a career-high and the most by a Greyhound since Abby Rehfuss did so at Mount St. Mary's on April 9, 2008.
With a season-high seven points, Gavin is now tied for 10th all-time at Loyola with 173 points.
Recording three goals today, Gavin now has 128 career goals and is alone in 10th place on the Loyola all-time list.
Gavin has now scored a point in 40 straight games and a goal in 34 consecutive contests.