May 6, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The top-seeded Georgetown Hoyas defeated the fourth-seeded Loyola Greyhounds, 11-9 in the BIG EAST Semifinals Thursday night at Rutgers' Yurcak Field. Junior Grace Gavin led Loyola with five points, while sophomore goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff recorded 13 saves on the day.
With her two goal and five point day, Gavin is now tied for fifth on Loyola's career points and goals list with 158 goals and 213 points. She also set the Loyola single-season record for points with 87, breaking Erika Mawhorr's 17-year-old record.
Jordyn Kirr scored a hat trick to lead the Hoyas, while Molly Ford and Sophia Thomas both scored a pair for Georgetown.
Georgetown got on the board first on a wrap around goal by Jacqueline Giles at 23:36. Giles curled around the net and beat Stoothoff with a bouncer in the right corner.
Loyola answered right back 34 seconds later as Caroline's Hager shot went off the post, but Abby Rehfuss was right there for the ground ball and beat Hoyas keeper Caitlin Formby.
The Hoyas then took a 2-1 lead as Loyola committed a turnover in their own end. Kelly Barnes picked up the ground ball and fed Kirr who rattled the cage at 22:07.
Junior midfielder Meg Decker then scored on a free-position goal at 20:24, tying the game at two goals apiece.
At 11:47 remaining in the opening frame, Georgetown took another one-goal lead at 3-2 as Ford scored from just inside the 8-meter mark.
Once again, the Greyhounds tied the game back up as Cara Filippelli scored on a free-position after the Hoyas were called for three seconds at 11:03.
Loyola scored once again, taking a two-goal lead as Grace Gavin, the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, fed Gibson for the score with just 55 seconds remaining.
The fourth-seeded Greyhounds went into the locker room with a 5-3 halftime lead, but Kerry Stoothoff was the story in the first stanza as she stoned the Hoyas making 10 saves. Her ten stops are the most by a Greyhounds goalkeeper in any half this season.
Gavin scored the first goal of the second half 44 seconds in as she made a spin move on the defender and rattled the cage for her first goal of the game. The score gave the `Hounds a 6-3 lead.
Kirr then scored a pair of unanswered goals, with the second being assist by Erin Lovett, cutting Loyola's lead to 6-5 with 22:49 remaining in regulation.
Georgetown then scored its third unanswered goal at 20:59 to tie the game at six as Sophia Thomas put one high past Stoothoff, just after Stoothoff robbed Ford on a free-position.
Bunny O'Reilly put the Hoyas on top, 7-6 at 17:39 as Stoothoff stopped the first attempt, however, O'Reilly, picked up the ground ball and put one past for the score.
On a free-position with 18:52 left, Ashby Kaestner scored the fifth straight goal for the Hoyas, giving Georgetown its largest lead of the game at 8-6.
Loyola finally got back on track as Gavin found Hager in front of the goal, cutting Georgetown's lead to 8-7 with 13:25 remaining.
After a foul, Gavin found Hager on a breakaway by about 20 yards as Loyola tied the game at eight with just under 13 minutes to play.
On another free-position, Thomas put the Hoyas back on top, 9-8, with 11:39 to go.
Almost two minutes later, Ford scored on a wrap around and got an empty net as Stoothoff slipped to give Georgetown a two-goal lead once again. An assist was credited to Kelsi Bozel on the play and the Hoyas took a 10-8 lead.
After Bozel gave the Hoyas a three-goal lead, Gavin went coast-to-coast with a man on her, and beat the keeper with 5:51 left, cutting the Hoyas lead to 11-9.
Georgetown will advance to play the winner of Notre Dame/Syracuse Saturday, May 8 at 1:00 pm. The action from Yurcak Field will be televised nationally on CBS College Sports.