April 4, 2008
BALTIMORE - Ten Loyola players scored goals, as the Greyhounds recorded their largest margin of victory in five years, defeating Cincinnati, 20-6, Friday afternoon in a non-conference game on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Abby Rehfuss scored a career-high five times and added an assist for the Greyhounds (4-7), leading all scorers.
The 14-goal margin was the largest by Loyola since it defeated UMBC, 18-3, on May 8, 2003.
Kate Filippelli had a solid all-around game for Loyola, posting three goals, two assists, five ground balls, four draw controls and a career-high four caused turnovers.
"We played aggressively and confidently today," Greyhounds Head Coach Kerri O'Day said. "Nine of our 20 goals were assisted, which was something that we wanted to work on today."
Filippelli's free-position shot 1:41 into the game gave the Greyhounds the first goal of the game. Grace Gavin scored one of her two goals, this one assisted by Rehfuss, just over a minute later. Rehfuss then scored her first goal of the game at the 24:39 mark to put Loyola ahead 3-0.
Cincinnati's Lynsey Burton scored the Bearcats (1-9) first goal at 21:27 before Emily Gibson took a pass from Gavin and scored with 20:27 left.
Rehfuss broke an eight-minute scoreless stretch with an unassisted goal at the 11:07 mark before Gavin scored on a Filippelli assist with 6:13 to play before halftime.
Lindsey Marshall tallied a goal on a free-position shot for Cincinnati with 3:35 left, but Loyola responded with three goal sin the final 1:01 of the first half.
Rehfuss went left-to-right in front of the goal and scored with 1:01 to play, and Filippelli scored unassisted with 11 seconds remaining.
Rehfuss won the ensuing draw control and found Gavin breaking toward the goal. Gavin fed Bridget O'Keefe on the left side of the cage, and O'Keefe's shot went high into the net with three seconds to play before halftime.
The eight-second stretch between goals is tied for the seventh-fastest stretch of goals in NCAA Division I history.
Loyola scored the first three goals of the second half, the first by Gibson off a Filippelli pass from behind the cage, 3:37 into the half.
Alicyn Brunnett then took a feed from Gibson from behind the goal, scoring with 24:58 to play. Brunnett scored her second-straight goal on a free-position shot 35 seconds later.
Marshall scored her second goal for Cincinnati before Loyola tallied four goals in a row.
Courtney Arnold scored off a Gavin assist, and Rehfuss converted on a free-position shot with 19:09 remaining. Filippelli scored unassisted, and Rehfuss ripped a shot from outside the 8-meter arc that found the top right corner for her fifth goal.
Burton scored on a free-position shot for Cincinnati with 12:57 left, but Kelly Quinlan answered for Loyola, scoring her first collegiate goal on a free-position shot with 9:48 remaining.
Burton tallied her team-leading third goal with 6:48 left, but Arnold scored her second goal, tying her career-high.
Arnold then assisted on an Elizabeth Weber goal with 1:02 remaining, and Jess Kazaks scored Cincinnati's final goal with 30 seconds left.
Gibson and Meg Steffe each had a career-high five ground balls for Loyola. Steffe made seven saves, against just three goals allowed, and caused a turnover between the pipes.
Courtney Burhans played the final 18 minutes in goal for Loyola, making two saves.
Loyola plays a second game this weekend, travelling to Louisville, Ky., for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, April 6, against the Cardinals.