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Women's Lacrosse Opens Home Schedule Saturday Against No. 4 Virginia

Feb. 20, 2009

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Game No. 2
Loyola Greyhounds (1-0) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1-0)
Saturday, February 21, 2009 • 3:30 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field


Game Data

  • The Greyhounds begin their slate of 11 home games on Saturday, February 21, 2009, when they host the No. 4-ranked Virginia Cavaliers at 3:30 p.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
  • The game is the second of a men's-women's lacrosse doubleheader with the Loyola men taking on Towson at 1 p.m. Tickets for the men's game will be valid for admission to the women's, and vice-versa.


Series History

  • Loyola and Virginia will meet for the 28th time in a series that dates back to the 1981 season.
  • The Cavaliers lead the all-time series 20-6-1 and have won six-straight. Virginia came out on top, 19-12, on May 3, 2005, when the teams last met. The schools have met twice in NCAA Championships competition with Virginia defeating Loyola in the 1996 National Semifinals and Loyola winning a 1990 National Quarterfinals match.


Last Time Out

  • Loyola snapped a two-game losing streak on opening day by defeating Stony Brook, 15-7, on Wednesday on Long Island.
  • In a game played during driving rain and occasional snow, the Greyhounds outshot the Seawolves, 31-16. Grace Gavin scored five times, and Colleen O'Keefe scored twice and added three assists.


Gavin's Opening Goals

  • Grace Gavin scored five goals, all in the first half, against Stony Brook to lead all players on Wednesday. She scored her first two back-to-back within a span of 67 seconds before reeling off three in a row over a 90-second stretch to give the Greyhounds a 9-3 lead.
  • Her five goals were the most scored by a Loyola player in the first game of the season since Kate McHarg had seven on February 25, 2006, in a 16-10 win over Delaware.
  • Last year, in the season-opener at North Carolina, Gavin led Loyola with three goals.


Back In The Game

  • Wednesday was a big day for Colleen O'Keefe, as her starting role against the Seawolves marked a full-circle recovery from a torn ACL suffered on March 15, 2008, against Connecticut.
  • O'Keefe scored two goals, including the Greyhounds' first of the game, and had a team-high three assists.
  • She was leading the team in scoring with 18 goals and seven assists through eight games last year when she suffered the injury.


Another Attacker Is Back

  • Maura Kenny also scored a goal for Loyola on Wednesday in her first game back after missing the entire 2008 season with a back injury.
  • Kenny is the Greyhounds' active career goals scored leader with 74. She is a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree, earning First Team honors as a sophomore in 2006 and Second Team laurels following her 2007 junior season.


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First-Time Starters

  • Three Loyola players made the first starts of their collegiate careers against Stony Brook. Junior Kaitlyn Fuller started the game on line defense alongside freshman Ana Heneberry. Freshman Kerry Stoothoff made a start 10 minutes from her home of Bay Shore, N.Y., in goal.


Heneberrys At Top Of Categories

  • Sisters Mary (a sophomore) and Ana (a freshman) Heneberry each led the Greyhounds in respective categories against Stony Brook. Ana keyed a defensive effort that held the Seawolves to just 16 shots, six in the second half. She caused six turnovers, while Mary led the team with four draw controls.


Adams Era Begins

  • A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse began on Wednesday when Jen Adams took the field for her first regular-season game as head coach.
  • Adams was named the seventh head coach in Loyola women's lacrosse history on June 6, 2008, after spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.
  • A 2001 graduate of College Park, Adams is widely considered the top women's lacrosse player of all-time. She helped the Terrapins win the NCAA title each of the four seasons she was on the field and her marks of 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points still stand as school records. Her goal and assist totals are still tops amongst all NCAA Division I players.
  • Kylee White and Dana Dobbie are assisting Adams on the sidelines for the Greyhounds. White was formerly an assistant coach at her alma mater, Ohio State, and Stanford, while Dobbie makes her first foray into collegiate coaching after an All-American career with the Terrapins.


World Renowned

  • All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.
  • Adams will play for Australia, while White and Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.


Preseason Nod

  • Sophomore midfielder Grace Gavin was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by the conference's coaches. Gavin led Loyola, and all BIG EAST freshmen, in scoring as a freshman in 2008, recording 38 goals and 52 total points.
  • As a team, the Greyhounds were selected to finish fifth out of eight teams in the conference.


Up Next

  • Loyola stays at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a 3 p.m. game on Wednesday, February 25 game against UMBC.