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#11 Women's Lacrosse Travels To Denver Wednesday

March 1, 2010

Game Information
Opponent Denver Pioneers (4-2)
Date and Faceoff March 3, 2010 | 3 p.m. ET
Location Denver, Colo. | Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium
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Today's Matchup
• Today's contest matches up Loyola head coach Jen Adams against the team she coached from 2004-06, the Denver University Pioneers. The Pioneers are coached by three Baltimore natives, including former Greyhounds, now assistant coaches Rachel Shuck (2002-05) and Tara Singleton (2001-04).
• Loyola's Cass Cursaro played on several Australian Premier teams with Denver's Kirsty Faulder and Bonnie Wells.
• Loyola is 2-1 on the season, while Denver is 4-2, with losses coming to ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina. Denver routed Mount St. Mary's, 18-2 on February 28.

In The Polls
• The Greyhounds jumped one spot in the Inside Lacrosse Media poll and are now ranked ninth, just ahead of conference rival Syracuse.
• Loyola remained in 11th in the IWLCA Poll.

Last Time Out
• Loyola got a career-high 16 saves from Kerry Stoothoff, while Grace Gavin and Caroline Hager scored two goals each in a 7-4 win at UMBC on Feb. 23. Stoothoff was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for her effort.
• Denver got four goals each by Ali Flury, who has scored in a NCAA leading 56 games, and Bonnie Wells in a 18-2 win over Mount St. Mary's. Lexi Sanders recorded a goal and six assists for seven points. Lauren Ciccomascolo scored a hat trick, while Kaiti Delaney and Kirsty Faulder scored twice.

Series History
• This will be the 2nd meeting between the two teams, with the first coming last season in Loyola's final game of the season.
• The Greyhounds were victorious, 19-16 on May 2, 2009. Grace Gavin led the team with four goals and added an assist. Abby Rehfuss added two goals and an assist, while Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff split time between the pipes.

The 2010 Loyola Greyhounds
Grace Gavin leads the attack with nine goals, but Loyola possesses great balance as Emily Gibson has seven goals, Cass Cursaro five and Cara Filippelli has four despite missing most of the season-opener.
• Sophomore netminder Kerry Stoothoff has been strong in goal the first three games of the season, allowing just eight goals per game with 41 saves and a .631 save percentage. She has played every minute of each game thus far after splitting time with Meg Steffe in 2009.
• Stoothoff leads the team with nine ground balls, while Gibson has six and Tara Gardner and Abby Rehfuss have five each. Meg Decker has seven draw controls to lead the team, while Gibson and Rehfuss both have six. Anna Heneberry is the top match-up defender with four caused turnovers, while Gibson, Rehfuss and Ashley Moulton have three each.

The 100 Club
• With her four goal effort in the 15-11 win at #10 Virginia, Grace Gavin became the 20th member of Loyola's 100-goal club. She is now 20th in team-history with 103 goals and 137 points.
• With an assist in the victory over UVA, Abby Rehfuss also recorded her 100th career point and was the 36th Greyhound ever to do so. She is now tied for 33rd with 102 career points.

KS-30
• In Russia, law enforcement officials use a KS-23 to regulate riots. At Loyola, the Greyhounds use the KS-30 (Kerry Stoothoff) as their anti-offensive weapon of choice.
• Stoothoff has been spectacular in net the first three games of the season, allowing just 24 goals in three games. This includes career-high save marks in back-to-back road wins at #10 Virginia (15 saves) and UMBC (16 saves).
• Stoothoff has played every minute of every game this season and allowed a career-best four goals in 60 minutes in the 7-4 win at UMBC.
• Stoothoff was named to the BIG EAST Weekly honor roll on Feb. 22 and the WomensLacrosse.com Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 23 for her performance at #10 Virginia.

Another Australian Wearing #7
• Australian Cass Cursaro is wearing #7 for the Greyhounds this season, the same number fellow Aussie and Cursaro's head coach Jen Adams wore at Maryland and in international competition.
• Through three games this season, the freshman has been impressive, ranking third on the team in both goals (5) and points (7), including a three goal, one assist performance in the upset win at #10 Virginia.
• The midfielder played with Adams at the 2009 Women's World Cup and scored three goals and cradled nine ground balls for the silver-medal winning Australian National Team.
• Both Adams and Cursaro played club lacrosse for the Brighton Bombers Lacrosse Club, the same organization that developed a third of the 2009 Aussie National Team.

Loyola-Denver Connections
Pioneers with Baltimore Ties
• Nearly a third of Denver's roster is from the Charm City area, not including head coach Liza Kelly and her assistants Rachel Shuck and Tara Singleton, who are all Baltimore area natives.
• Shuck (2002-05) and Singleton (2001-04) both played collegiately at Loyola.
• Shuck was a Two-Time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy nominee at Loyola and is the program-leader in assists with 120 and sixth in career points (193).
• Singleton is second all-time at Loyola with 90 caused turnovers, and along with Shuck, led the Greyhounds to Number 1 ranking in 2003.
• Kelly was an assistant coach under former Greyhounds goalkeeper Linda Ohrin at Towson University and was inducted into the Baltimore Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009.

Greyhounds with Denver Ties
• Loyola head coach Jen Adams was an assistant coach at Denver University from 2004-06, where she helped lead the Pioneers to a 15-5 record in 2006 and 14.95 goals a game, which was second in the nation.

High School/Club Ties
• Loyola's Ashley Cahill and Halle Gray were teammates of Denver's Carrie Gamper and classmates of Kate Prebil at Roland Park Country School.
• Loyola's Cass Cursaro and Denver's Kirsty Faulder both attended Sacred Heart College in Australia. Both played for the Brighton Bombers Lacrosse Club, the same club team that Loyola head coach Jen Adams developed on.
• Faulder and Denver's Bonnie Wells as well as Cursaro played on several Australian Premier teams together.

Up Next
• Loyola will host crosstown rival Towson in the Greyhounds home-opener at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field at 1:00 pm on March 6.
• Towson is Loyola's longest-standing rivalry, dating back to 1973. Loyola holds a 29-8 series advantage and is 14-4 against the Tigers at home.