No. 13 Women's Lacrosse Posts Senior Day Victory

April 24, 2010


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Grace Gavin scored six goals and added an assist as the 13th ranked Loyola women's lacrosse team defeated Villanova, 17-15 Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex. Mary Heneberry also scored four goals for the Greyhounds.

Gavin scored four of her goals in the second half, including her league-leading fifth game-winner with 10:41 left to play, giving Loyola its largest lead at 16-10. After a Wildcats score, Gavin scored her sixth goal of the game, putting the lead back to six at 17-11.

With her third goal with 21:15 remaining in the second half, Gavin became the seventh Greyhound to record 150 career goals and she is now sixth all-time at Loyola with 153 in her career. Gavin also recorded her 200th career point on the day with an assist with 7:00 to go in the first half. The junior from Baltimore now has 204 career points, ranking sixth in Loyola history.

Villanova was led by Erica Rybinski who scored seven points on four goals and three assists, while Justine Donodeo scored five goals.

Loyola scored five of the first six goals of the game as Heneberry scored twice, while Abby Rehfuss, Meg Decker and Gavin got the others.

Villanova, on scores by Rachel Lasda and Erica Rybinski cut Loyola's lead to 6-3 with 9:55 remaining in the opening frame.

Gavin then scored on a pass from Heneberry and then assisted on Emily Gibson's goal giving Loyola an 8-3 advantage.

The teams would trade goals as Loyola went into the locker room with a 9-5 lead.

After Heneberry scored the first goal of the second half, the Wildcats rang up three straight goals to pull within two, forcing Loyola head coach Jen Adams to call a timeout.

Gavin and Heneberry scored on free-positions to stop the bleeding before Maria Bowman answered for Villanova as Loyola held a 12-9 lead.

Kelly Quinlan and Gibson then scored then scored for the Greyhounds and Grace Gavin added two more after a goal by Donodeo, giving Loyola the 16-10 lead.

The Wildcats fought back valiantly as Justine Donodeo scored the game's final four goals within a three minute, 32 second span, but Loyola held on for the 17-15 victory.

Gibson, who was playing in her final home game, had three points on two goals and an assist, while Decker (2g), Rehfuss (1g, 1a) and Kathleen Barranco (1g, 1a) also had multi-point efforts for Loyola.

Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff was credited with the win, making four saves in 36:43. Senior tri-captain Courtney Burhans, who was appearing in her final home game, relieved her with 23:17 left to play and tallied a save.

Maggie Langan made nine saves in a losing effort for the Wildcats.

Gibson led all players with a career-high six ground balls on the day, while Decker and Gavin also recorded four each for the Greyhounds. Rehfuss led the team with four ground balls and a career-high five caused turnovers.

Also playing in their final home games were Kaitlyn Fuller, who tallied a career-high two draw controls, and Edgewater, Md., native, Christian Carr.

The Greyhounds (11-5, 5-2 BIG EAST) close out the regular season on the road at #14 Georgetown Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 pm. The action will be televised on Verizon FiOS in the Washington area, but can also be watched on Gametracker.