May 1, 2011
By BRENDAN THOMAS
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland senior Grace Gavin set the Loyola all-time points record with her 289th career point, part of her career high nine points, as the No. 7 Greyhounds defeated the University of Connecticut 17-10 in a BIG EAST Conference game on Senior Day at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Gavin opened the scoring with a goal at 28 minutes, 51 seconds to give Loyola a quick 1-0 lead.
After the Huskies tied the score at one, Loyola went on a 5-0 run that included two goals by Gavin sandwiched around a Kelly Quinlan score. Taryn VanThof and Meg Decker completed the run, giving the Greyhounds a 6-1 lead with 18-12 remaining in the first half.
Gavin scored on a free-position shot with 14:07 remaining to tie the school record and give Loyola a 7-2 lead.
She then broke the record as she streaked down the left side and buried a pass from Abby Rehfuss for her fifth goal of the game at 6:37 to bump the lead to 8-2.
Gavin finished the game with a career-high nine points on five goals and four assists. She had tallied eight points on four prior occasions.
Heading into next week's BIG EAST Championships, Gavin now has 293 career points, surpassing the 288 scored by Stacey Morlang from 1999-2002. She has scored 217 points and has 76 assists, and she needs only six goals to tie Janet Eisenhut's school record of 223.
Rehfuss and Cara Filippelli scored as the two teams traded a pair of goals to finish the first half with Loyola leading 10-4.
Connecticut opened the second half with a 3-1 run surrounding a goal by Loyola's Marlee Paton off of a Gavin assist to close the score to 11-7.
After a free-position goal by the Huskies' M.E. Lapham at 20:22 closed the score to 11-7, Gavin controlled the draw and looped a pass over the Connecticut defense to Caroline Hager who scored on a breakaway just eight seconds later.
Lapham would score again for the Huskies at 19:12 before the Greyhounds would go on a 3-0 run with a goal by Marlee Paton, her second of the game, and two by Filippelli, both of which were assisted by Paton, to give Loyola a 15-8 lead with 4:21 remaining.
Mary Heneberry and Filippelli scored followed two Connecticut goals to provide the final 17-10 score.
Gavin finished with a team-high with five goals and four assists.
Filippelli scored a career-high four goals, and Paton added two goals and two assists. Senior goalkeeper Meg Steffe earned her second win of the season, finishing with four saves, including two point-blank opportunities in the first half.
Filippelli led Loyola with four caused turnovers, while Kellye Gallagher had five ground balls.
The Greyhounds will be the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Championships and play No. 2 seed Syracuse on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. The winner of the Greyhounds-Orange game will play the winner of No. 1 seed and host Georgetown and fourth-seeded Notre Dame on Saturday at 1 p.m. All three Championships games will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.