Feb. 24, 2009
Game No. 3
Loyola Greyhounds (1-1) vs. UMBC Retrievers (1-1)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 3 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. Diane Geppi-Aikens Field
- Loyola plays its second home game in five days when it hosts UMBC at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
- Loyola and UMBC will meet for the 29th time in a series that dates back to 1973, the Greyhounds' first season of varsity competition.
- Loyola holds a 24-3-1 advantage in the all-time series, but the Retrievers snapped the Greyhounds' 22-game winning streak in the match-up last year with an 11-10 victory in Catonsville.
Last Time Out
- The Greyhounds opened the home portion of their schedule on Saturday with a 19-8 loss at the hands of No. 4 Virginia. The Cavaliers took an 8-2 lead before Emily Gibson and Elizabeth Weber scored back-to-back goals for Loyola, pulling the Greyhounds within two. Virginia, however, scored the next five goals.
- Gibson scored a career-high four goals, and Weber added two for the Greyhounds. Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss each added tallies for Loyola.
Gibs Doubles Career-High
- Entering last Saturday's game against Virginia, Emily Gibson had scored two goals in a game twice, both occasions coming last year.
- Against the fourth-ranked Cavaliers, the junior doubled that high with four goals, three coming in the second half.
- Gibson scored four on five total shots, and she also finished with four ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Weber Connects Twice
- After scoring one in the season-opener against Stony Brook, Elizabeth Weber added two goals Saturday versus Virginia, one off her career-high set last season at UMBC. The game was Weber's fifth career multi-goal game.
On The Draw
- After Virginia controlled the first seven draws of the game, Loyola matched the Cavaliers one-for-one the rest of the way, thanks in large part to Grace Gavin and Emily Gibson.
- The duo each had four draw controls in the game and are tied for team-high honors this season with five.
Gavin's Opening Goals
- Grace Gavin scored five goals, all in the first half, against Stony Brook to lead all players last 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
- Last 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 last 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Greyhounds take a week off after playing UMBC before resuming non-conference action on Wednesday, March 4, with the first of two games against Colonial Athletic Association opponents.
- Loyola travels to Delaware on the 4th for a 4 p.m. game before taking on Towson at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.