Greyhounds Travel Cross-Town For Game Against UMBC

Feb. 26, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola steps back out of BIG EAST Conference play for a non-conference match-up against UMBC on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. The game is one of three mid-week games the Greyhounds will play this season and it is the first of four they will play versus foes from the State of Maryland.

Series History: Tuesday's game will be the 28th all-time meeting between the teams. From 1973, the first year of women's lacrosse at Loyola, until 1990, the teams played at least once per year except for in 1986 when they did not face each other. The team then did not square off from 1991-1999 before renewing the series in 2000. Since then, the teams have played each year. UMBC was the first opponent for Loyola's women's lacrosse team when it began varsity competition in 1973. The Retrievers beat the Greyhounds, 14-6, on April 28, 1973. UMBC then defeated Loyola, 13-8, on May 7, 1974, in the teams' second meeting, but the Greyhounds have not lost to the Retrievers since that game.

Looking Back: Loyola opened BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, February 23, when a damp and cold game at Georgetown. The Hoyas built and early lead and held off a late Loyola rally to defeat the Greyhounds, 16-9. Abby Rehfuss scored three goals to lead the Greyhounds.

The Last Time: Loyola and UMBC played the first overtime game in 27 meetings between the schools last season on February 28, 2007. Kate McHarg, now an undergraduate student assistant coach for Loyola, tied the game on a free-position shot with less than three minutes to play in regulation. After a scoreless first overtime period, McHarg took a pass from Alicyn Brunnett and scored the game-winner 2:35 into the second overtime. McHarg and Maura Kenny finished with three goals each in the game, and Colleen O'Keefe scored two.

Honor Roll Selection: Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on February 25 following her first three collegiate games. She scored six goals, had two assists and 12 draw controls in those contests.

Abby's Attack: Abby Rehfuss scored three goals for the second game in a row at Georgetown and now leads the Greyhounds in scoring with seven goals. She has put all but four of her shots into the goal this year.

On The Draw: Loyola had 12 draw controls on Saturday at Georgetown, led by Grace Gavin's three. Gavin leads Loyola with 12 draw controls this year. Kate Filippelli has eight, while Abby Rehfuss has six.

Generating Goals: Loyola's players have done a good job this season of creating their own scoring opportunities. Just eight of the 38 goals the Greyhounds have scored this year have been assisted.

O'Keefe Offense: Junior captain Colleen O'Keefe set a career-high with four goals at Davidson. She is tied for the team lead, with Abby Rehfuss, with seven goals this season.

Fresh Approach: Loyola's freshman class started the season by making significant contributions in the first three games. The group combined for 16 goals and five assists, as well as 23 draw controls and 16 ground balls. That represents 42-percent of the team's goals, 63-percent of assists and 53-percent of draws.

High Expectations: Loyola senior defender Kristen Stone was named the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year by the conference's coaches. Stone finished last season with a team-leading 37 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. She was fourth in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers and fifth in caused turnovers. Stone, who earned IWLCA Regional All-America honors following last season, was also a unanimous choice to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team.