Feb. 19, 2010
Today's contest features a pair of highly ranked teams with the #14 Loyola Greyhounds travellingto the tenth-ranked Virginia Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers finished 11-8 in 2009 and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournamentwhere they fell to Duke, 15-13, in overtime. Loyola was 11-6 overall.
Loyola is 7-6 all-time in the month of February.
A matchup to watch will be a pair of sisters in Loyola's, Tara Gardner and Virginia's, JulieGardner.
Tara is one of the leaders of a defense that led the nation in caused turnovers in 2009, andJulie is an attacking sophomore midfielder who finished with 18 goals as a freshman lastseason.
Virginia has won 21 times in the 28 meetings between the two teams including the last seven.
The last time the Greyhounds were victorious against Virginia was April 28, 1999, with a 10-9victory in Charlottesville.
The 2010 Loyola Greyhounds
Grace Gavin leads the attack after recording her 18th career hat trick with three goals in theseason opener at #18 Penn State.
Freshman midfielder Cass Cursaro was the only other multi-goal scorer for Loyola, while fellowmidfielders Abby Rehfuss, Emily Gibson and Meg Decker added one each.
Sophomore netminder Kerry Stoothoff was strong in goal against the Nittany Lions makingten saves despite the early loss of defenders Cara Filippelli (two yellow cards) and KellyeGallagher (injury) during the game.
Gardner, Gibson and Stoothoff led Loyola with three ground balls each, while Decker controlledthree draws. Freshman Ashley Moulton had two draw controls and one ground balland caused turnover.
On The Cavaliers
Virginia boasts a pair of senior midfir>elders who earned IWLCA All-American recognition in2009, Kaitlin Duff and Brittany Kalkstein.
Duff was a second-team all-american in 2009 after leading the ACC with 41 caused turnovers.Kalkstein was a third-team selection after leading the conference in with a school single-seasonrecord 73 draw controls.
Junior defender Liz Downs is the team's top matchup defender and earned second-team all-regionhonors as a sophomore. Sophomore attacker Josie Owen is a former USA U-19 star.
Loyola will travel to UMBC Stadium Tuesday, February 23 for a 7:00 p.m. dogfight against theRetrievers.
Cavaliers with Baltimore Ties
11 of the 25 members on the Virginiaroster are from the Baltimore region.
Hometown/High School Ties
Loyola defenders Tara Gardner andKaitlyn Fuller, as well as midfielderKathleen Barranco were teammatesof Virginia midfielder Julie Gardner atSeverna Park High School.
Loyola attacker Ashley Cahill was ateammate of Virginia midfielder BrittanyKalkstein at Roland Park CountrySchool.
Loyola midfielder Grace Gavin and Virginiamidfielder Caity Whiteley teamedup at St. Paul's School for Girls.
Loyola attacker Kelly Quinlan was ateammate of Virginia midfielder MaryeKellerman at Maryvale Prep.
Loyola senior defender Tara Gardnerand Virginia sophomore midfielder JulieGardner are sisters.
A Stacked Midfield
According to Lacrosse Magazine, with the additions of Australian National Team memberCass Cursaro and 2008 National Rookie of the Year Meg Decker, along with returning All-American Grace Gavin, Cara Filippelli, Abby Rehfuss and Emily Gibson, the Greyhoundsform "arguably the deepest, most talented midfield corps in the country."
Sister Act 1 - The Gibson's
Senior midfielder Emily Gibson is a faceoff specialist for the Greyhounds, who had a breakoutjunior season finishing fourth on the team in goals (20), total points (36) and tied for thirdin assists (16). Gibs also finished with 35 ground balls and 30 draw controls in 2009.
Junior defender Johanna Gibson played in 15 games as a sophomore, and should get evenmore playing time in 2010. Gibson finished 2009 with nine caused turnovers and nine groundballs.
Sister Act 2 - The Heneberry's
Junior attacker Mary Heneberry finished fourth on the team with 20 goals and fifth with 26points, playing in all 17 games last season. One of several all-around players on the squad,the elder Heneberry also finished with 19 draw controls and 18 ground balls.
Sophomore Ana Heneberry was very impressive on defense in her freshman campaign, making13 starts and playing in all 17 games. Heneberry helped the Greyhounds lead the nationin caused turnovers, finishing with 21 in that category, while adding 22 ground balls.
The Greyhounds led the country with 13.47 caused turnovers per game in 2009 with CaraFilippelli leading the BIG EAST with 2.29 per game, good for sixth in the NCAA. Kellye Gallagherfinished 47th in the nation with 1.47 per game.
The returning Greyhounds combined for 195 caused turnovers in 2009, good for 85.1% of thetotal from last year's team. The returnees also combined for 84% of the total ground balls lastseason.
Field of 64
Despite the loss of eight graduating seniors, the Greyhounds return 64 percent of their goals,assists and total points from the 2009 season. This includes four of the top five scorers fromlast season, including unanimous First-Team All-BIG East selection Grace Gavin (56g, 18a).
Cursaro Added to 2010 Season Roster
With the start of the spring semester, Cass Cursaro joined the Loyola women's lacrosseprogram.
Cursaro was a teammate of Greyhounds head coach Jen Adams on the Australian SeniorNational Team at the 2009 FIL Women's World Cup.
The 5'11 midfielder scored three goals and scooped nine ground balls as the Aussies woundup taking the silver medal in the World Cup, falling to the United States in the Gold Medalgame.
New For 2010
The Greyhounds added Kathleen Barranco, Ashley Cahill, Joanna Dalton, Halle Gray,Jayne Jablonski and Ashley Moulton for the 2010 season on National Signing Day.
As a senior in 2009, Barranco led Severna Park High School to it's third straight state title.Cahill and Dalton were Under Armour Underclass All-Americans in 2007 and 2008, respectively.Gray was a 2009 Baltimore-Washington Area Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist. Jablonskiis just the second Loyola lacrosse player from Illinois (Sue Heether) and Moulton was a 2009Under Armour All-American.
Also New For 2010
Included in the hype this season is the additions of transfers Meg Decker and Helen Mc-Cutcheon. Decker sat out last season after transferring from Navy where she was named the2008 LaxPower.com National Rookie of the Year, scoring 63 goals to go with 58 draw controlsand 76 points.
McCutcheon scored two goals and added an assist, seven ground balls and five causedturnovers in two seasons as a midfielder at Maryland.
Burhans, Filippelli & Rehfuss Named 2010 Captains
Burhans is a captain for a second straight season. She has appeared in 13 games in hercareer, tallying 12 saves in over 95 minutes of play.
Filippelli recorded 20 points on 15 goals and five assists in 2009 and was named A First-Team All-Region and All BIG selection. Filippelli led the BIG EAST (6th in the NCAA) causing2.29 turnovers per game.
Rehfuss led the team with 46 draw controls en route to earning second-team all-conferenceand all-region laurels as a sophomore. Rehfuss also finished second on the team with 32goals and 48 points.
All three Loyola coaches, and freshman midfielder Cass Cursaro, played in the 2009 FILWomen's Lacrosse World Cup in the Czech Republic this past summer. Head Jen Adamsand Cursaro took home silver medals for the Aussie National Team, while assistants KyleeWhite and Dana Dobbie led Team Canada to the bronze.
Adams led the Tournament with 26 assists and 41 points and Dobbie led the Canadians with18 goals, 21 points, 58 draw controls, 11 ground balls and six caused turnovers to be namedto the All-World Team.
Cursaro scored three goals and added nine ground balls for Australia and White pitched inwith three caused turnovers, four draw controls and seven ground balls for Canada.
Five Former Greyhounds Named To CAA Silver Anniversary Team
Former Greyhounds Tricia Dabrowski, Suzanne Eyler, Michelle Meyer, Stacey Morlangand Stephanie Roberts were named to the CAA 25th Anniversary Team. Loyola had fivemembers on the 25-member roster, the second most of any school.
Dabrowski was a three-time U.S. Women's Lacrosse All-America selection (2000-02), theCAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and a three-time All-CAA honoree. She also holdsLoyola career records for goalkeeper wins (58) and minutes played (4,464).
Eyler was three-time U.S. Women's Lacrosse Coaches All-America selection (2001-03) andthe CAA Tournament MVP in 2002 and a two-time member of the All-CAA first team. Sheranks sixth in career goals (93) and eighth in career points (118) at Loyola.
Meyer was honored as the CAA Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997 and was a three-time All-America honoree, earning first team accolades in 1996 and 1997. She holds Loyola recordsfor draw controls in a season (76) and a career (180).
Morlang was a three-time All-American who was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist in 2002, theCAA Player of the Year in 2001 and a three-time 1st team All-CAA selection. She holds theNCAA single-game record with 12 goals and 16 points against American in 2002
Roberts earned first-team USWLCA All-America accolades in 1996 and 1997 and was atwo-time member of the All-South Region first team. She ranks among the top-15 all-time atLoyola in draw controls (80).
Among the honorees was former James Madison University standout Gail Decker. Decker isthe older sister of current Greyhound Meg Decker.
Exit Diane Geppi-Aikens Field
Since 1979, the Loyola women's lacrosse team has played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field,named after the late Diane Geppi-Aikens, a two-time All-American goalkeeper with the Greyhoundsand the winningest coach in program history.
Loyola will play the Delaware Blue Hens on March 9 at 4:00 p.m. in the last Greyhoundssporting event to be played at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. DGA Field, also the home to theLoyola men's lacrosse and soccer programs, saw Loyola defeat the Blue Hens 14 straighttimes after falling in the first meeting in 1980.
Loyola is 172-76-2 (.689) all-time at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Enter Ridley Athletic Complex
On March 16, Loyola will host Rutgers in the Greyhounds first game at the newly constructedRidley Athletic Complex at 7:00 p.m.
The newly constructed, 6,000 seat facility was named after Loyola's 22nd President, Rev.Harold Ridley, S.J.