April 8, 2011
BALTIMORE - Mary Heneberry scored one of her team-high five goals to start a 4-0 Loyola University Maryland run after Louisville took its first, and only, lead of the game with just under 13 minutes to play, and the Greyhounds defeated the visiting Cardinals, 14-12, in a rainy, Friday evening BIG EAST Conference game at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Bergan Foley gave Louisville (8-3 overall, 1-1 BIG EAST) a 10-9 lead with 12:58 left in regulation, but Heneberry tallied her fifth, a total that matched Foley for game-high honors, with 10:45 to play.
The Cardinals nearly took a two-goal lead on the possession after Foley's go-ahead goal but not for a head's up play by Loyola's Abby Rehfuss.
Meghan Ryan won the draw control after Foley's score, giving Louisville possession, and Foley came down the right alley, drawing out Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff. Foley took a shot opposite Stoothoff's stick-side that appeared headed for the goal, but Rehfuss came from the weak side to knock down the attempt with her stick.
Rehfuss picked up the ground ball, but the teams traded turnovers until Louisville's Jamie Ward had the ball on the far side of the field in Loyola's offensive end.
Heneberry and another Loyola player doubled Ward, and Heneberry checked the ball away, picke up the ground ball and raced toward goal, scoring the tying tally with 10:45 to play.
Loyola's Meg Decker flipped the ensuing draw control to herself, and Grace Gavin drew a Foley foul inside the 8-meter arc, setting up a free-position shot. She scored over the shoulder of Louisville goalkeeper Ashley Herbst with 9:17 to give the Greyhounds a lead they would not relinquish.
Rehfuss controlled possession off the next draw for Loyola, and Gavin tallied her second in a row with 8:22 on the clock.
Gavin made it three-straight draw controls for Loyola, but her shot with 7:13 left went wide, and Louisville gained possession.
A Cardinals' defender, however, attempted to pass the ball back to Herbst but was checked by a Greyhounds attacker. Caroline Hager pulled the ball out of the air on the right side of the crease and dumped a shot past Herbst to complete the 4-0 run.
Louisville did not go away after Hager's goal, cutting its deficit back to one, 13-12 with 4:09 remaining, whe n Liz Lovejoy and Katie Oliverio scored 41 seconds apart.
The Greyhounds, however, would add an insurance goal as Rehfuss charged toward the goal and flipped a pass to Marlee Paton who scored her fourth of the evening with 3:13 to go.
From that point forward, Loyola was able to run out the clock, as Kerry Stoothoff made two saves on Louisville shots and caused another Cardinals turnover with 12 seconds to play.
Stoothoff finished with eight saves and a team-best four ground balls.
Loyola jumped out in front, 5-2, less than halfway through the first half as Heneberry scored four of the game's first seven goals. After Taryn VanThof scored for the Greyhounds with 18:01 in the first half, Heneberry made it 5-2 with her fourth goal just 14:09 in.
Foley and Lovejoy scored back-to-back for the Cardinals, cutting Loyola's lead to one, but Paton cut across the crease from right-to-left, took a Gavin pass and scored with 5:10 in the frame to give Loyola a 6-4 lead going into the locker room.
Paton also scored the second half's first goal, and Rehfuss added her only goal of the game at 24:47 before Oliverio scored, and Foley tallied two to make it 8-7 Loyola.
Paton stopped the 3-0 Louisville with an unassisted goal, but the Cardinals scored three more unanswered to take the lead on Foley's score.
Foley matched Heneberry for game-high honors with five goals, but the Cardinals' attacker needed 19 shots for her five. Heneberry and Paton, meanwhile, had a perfect shot-percentage scoring five and four, respectively, on the same number of shots.
The Greyhounds' defense also limited Louisville's play from behind the net, holding Oliverio to just one assist after she entered the game tops in NCAA Division I with 3.1 per game.
Loyola continues BIG EAST action on Sunday afternoon when it travels up Interstate 95 to take on Villanova at 1 o'clock in Philadelphia.