Jan. 23, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Loyola sophomore midfielder Grace Gavin was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team today by a vote of the conference's coaches.
The Baltimore native earned All-BIG EAST Second Team and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Regional All-America Second Team honors last season.
As a team, the Greyhounds were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST out of eight teams. Loyola received 27 points in the poll of coaches who were not allowed to rank their own team or vote for their players.
"The BIG EAST is filled with extremely talented teams from top to bottom," said first-year Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams. "One of our goals is to get to the BIG EAST Championships this season, and we are looking to forward to starting the season."
Loyola was two points behind Rutgers in fourth place. Syracuse was tabbed to repeat as BIG EAST champions, picking up the other seven coaches' first-place votes. Georgetown earned the remaining first-place vote and was second. Notre Dame was selected third, in front of Rutgers and the Greyhounds. Louisville, Connecticut and Cincinnati rounded out the eight-team league. The top four teams in the BIG EAST advance to the conference championships April 24-26, 2009, at Georgetown.
Gavin led Loyola and all BIG EAST freshmen last season with 38 points and 52 total points. She also led the Greyhounds with 42 draw controls and was second on the team with 14 assists.
"Grace has an excellent freshman season, and she is going to be one of many impact players on our team this year," Adams said.
In addition to her postseason honors last year, Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll four times as a freshman.
Loyola finished 6-10 overall in 2008, 1-4 and in fifth place in the BIG EAST.
The Greyhounds open 2009 on Wednesday, February 18, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Long Island to face Stony Brook.