April 10, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Grace Gavin became the third player in Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse history to eclipse the 200-goal mark in her career when she scored less than two minutes into a 16-6 BIG EAST Conference victory at Villanova University on Sunday afternoon.
Gavin scored off an Abby Rehfuss assist just 76 seconds into the game to join Janet Eisenhut '83 and Stacey Morlang '02 as the only Greyhounds to score 200 or more. Eisenhut tallied 223 during her career, and Morlang scored 221.
The early goal helped set in motion a first half that saw Loyola (12-0 overall, 4-0 BIG EAST) go ahead by eight at halftime, 10-2. Gavin scored three times in the first half, and Mary Heneberry added a pair of goals before the break, as well.
Marlee Paton scored one during the first half and led the Greyhounds with four overall. It was the second time in as many games that the freshman scored four in a game after tallying that number on Friday in a victory over Louisville.
The four-goal game by Paton is her fourth of the season, raising her goal total to 27, second-most on the team this year. Her 27 goals are most by a Loyola freshman since Gavin and Rehfuss scored 38 and 35, respectively, as freshmen in 2008.
Gavin and Heneberry each scored goals for Loyola in the first two-minutes, 31-seconds of Sunday's game before Justine Donodeo put the Wildcats (4-6, 0-3) on the board nearly five minutes later.
Paton kicked off a 5-0 Greyhounds run with a goal at 22:02, followed by Gavin's other two goals of the game. Joanna Dalton and Heneberry both scored - Dalton's coming on a Heneberry assist - to give Loyola a 7-1 advantage with 15:56 to play before halftime.
Rachel Lasda broke through for Villanova 2:36 after Heneberry's goal, but that was all the Wildcats would get in the first half.
Rehfuss capped the first half with a free-position goal 2:10 before the break.
Villanova scored twice to open the second stanza, but Paton scored back-to-back goals at 23:46 and 22:02 to push the Greyhounds' lead back to eight.
Kelly Quinlan added a free-position goal for the Greyhounds before Donodeo scored from the 8-meter for Villanova.
Allison Habicht scored her first collegiate goal for Loyola with 8:24 to play in the game, and Kathleen Barranco registered her first of the season with 2:08 to play. Barranco added an assist on a Paton goal with 1:10 to go, and Carly Miller capped the scoring with a Villanova goal nine seconds before the game's end.
The Greyhounds have more than a week off before their next game. They host Georgetown at Ridley Athletic Complex on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 o'clock.