Gavin's Seven Goals Lifts Women's Lax Over Connecticut

April 18, 2010

Box Score

STORRS, Conn. - Grace Gavin matched her career-highs with seven goals and eight total points, and the 13th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team beat host Connecticut, 13-9, Sunday afternoon in a key BIG EAST Conference game.

After the Huskies (8-6 overall, 1-4 BIG EAST) scored the game's first goal, Loyola (10-5, 4-2 BIG EAST) scored nine of the next 10 to lead 9-2 with 1:39 remaining in the first half.

Gavin scored five in the first half, while Caroline Hager, Mary Heneberry, Helen McCutcheon and Kelly Quinlan added scores.

Kiersten Tupper scored for the Huskies with 16 seconds left before halftime, making it a 9-3 Loyola advantage going into the locker room.

Gavin, however, scored her last two goals of the game within the first six minutes of the second half, giving the Greyhounds an 11-3 lead.

McCutcheon and Heneberry added second half goals, as well. For McCutcheon, it was the first multi-point game of her career.

With 14 minutes remaining in the game and Loyola holding an 11-5 lead, Kerry Stoothoff was replaced in net by Meg Steffe. Stoothoff was credited with the victory making five saves in 46 minutes.

UConn goalkeeper Jenna Moulton, the older sister of Loyola starting defender Ashley Moulton, played all 60 minutes, tallying seven saves in the loss.

Gavin's seven goals equaled the total she posted on April 6, 2008, as a freshman at Louisville and as a sophomore against Cornell on March 18, 2009.

She also had an assist against Connecticut to post eight points, tying her career-best set last year against Cornell.

Gavin had five draw controls, as well, versus the Huskies to lead all players and help Loyola gain a 16-8 advantage in the statistical category.

Emily Gibson led Loyola with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, both of which matched her career-high.

`Hounds Hodgepodge:
•Loyola now has ten wins on the season for the second straight year, an accomplishment not done at Loyola since the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
•The four BIG EAST wins for Loyola this season are the most for the Greyhounds since joining the conference in 2006.
Grace Gavin now has 197 career points, which is sixth all-time at Loyola. Her 147 career goals are eighth in school-history. She also tallied her 50th career assist on the day, which is 11th all-time at Loyola.
Grace Gavin reached the 50-goal mark in a season for the second straight year. The last time a Greyhound accomplished this feat was Kate McHarg, who did so in 2005 and 2006.
Grace Gavin now has 53 goals and 71npoints on the season, which are both three off her career-high she set last year. She has matched her career-high with 18 assists which she also set in 2009.
Grace Gavin recorded her 12th hat trick this season, which is the second most in the nation.
Grace Gavin's five draw controls are a season-high and one off her career-high that she set in 2007 at Davidson. Her four ground balls match her career-high that she recorded last season against Virginia.
•The two-goal, two-point game for Helen McCutcheon was the first multi-point effort of her career.
Emily Gibson's five ground balls and four caused turnovers both match her career-high.