March 3, 2008
Up Next: Loyola hosts Delaware in its first mid-week home contest of the season on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. The Blue Hens come to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a 3 p.m. non-conference game.
Back To BIG EAST Play: The Greyhounds return to BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. when they host Rutgers. The game is the Scarlet Knights' first conference match of the season, while Loyola opened BIG EAST play on February 23 at Georgetown.
Series History: Loyola and Delaware will meet for the 31st time on Wednesday. Loyola holds a 22-8 edge in the all-time series, although Delaware won last year's contest, 18-7, on April 24, 2007. The Greyhounds will meet the Scarlet Knights for the third time on Saturday, all coming in BIG EAST competition. The teams have split the previous two meetings, as Rutgers defeated Loyola, 10-8, on March 11, 2007.
Stone Earns Conference Honors: Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Kristen Stone was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after her performance last week. Stone finished with six ground balls and four caused turnovers against Towson, and she had three ground balls at UMBC.
Four For The Freshman: Loyola freshman midfielder Abby Rehfuss recorded a career-high four goals against Towson on Saturday, scoring twice in each half. Rehfuss scored the first two goals of the second half, both coming in the first 2:10 to help Loyola pull even at 7-7. Rehfuss is now tied for the team lead with 11 goals scored.
Looking Back: Loyola tied the game at 7-7 on a Colleen O'Keefe goal with 26:02 to play, capping a 3-0 run to start the second half, but Towson reeled off six-straight goals to take a 13-7 lead that would prove insurmountable for the Greyhounds. Abby Rehfuss led Loyola with four goals, and O'Keefe added two goals and two assists.
The Last Time: Kate McHarg scored five of Loyola's seven goals, but the Greyhounds had little other offense in an 18-7 loss to Delaware. Casey McCrudden, Katie Muth and Debbie Sloan each scored four for the Blue Hens, while Courtney Aburn and Emily Schaknowski added two a piece. Delaware won 19 of 27 draw controls in the game.
Taylor's Take-Aways: In addition to scoring her first goal of the season on February 26 at UMBC, Meg Taylor set a career-high with four caused turnovers. She picked up four ground balls, as well, leading the Greyhounds in that category against the Retrievers.
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.
We Are Family: Many teams claim to be a family, but Loyola has an edge in that category. Four sets of sisters - Emily and Johanna Gibson, Cara and Kate Filippelli, Bridget and Colleen O'Keefe, and Mary Clare and Meg Taylor (twins) - adorn the Greyhounds roster. It is believed to be the most siblings on any NCAA Division I women's lacrosse team this year.
Weber's First Hat Trick: Elizabeth Weber recorded a career-high three goals at UMBC on February 26. She could have scored two more, but they were called off by delayed defensive penalties. Her six goals through four games this season have tied her previous career output in 22 games entering 2008.
Balanced Scoring: Loyola has experienced a balanced offensive attack early this year. Thirteen players have scored goals, and 15 have recorded points with at least one goal or one assist.
O'Keefe Offense: Junior captain Colleen O'Keefe set a career-high with four goals at Davidson. With two goals and two assists against both UMBC and Towson, O'Keefe moved into a tie for the team lead in goals scored (11) and points (15). She is also tied for the team lead in assists (4).Flip On The Draw: With 12 draw controls through the first five games, Kate Filippelli is more than halfway to her previous high for a season. She had 21 draw controls as a sophomore in 2006.
February Fun: Entering the 2008 season, Loyola had played just five total games during the month of February, two in each of the last two seasons and one in 2004. This year, the Greyhounds played four games during the shortest month of the calendar.
On This Date: Loyola last played on March 5 during the 2004 season. The Greyhounds traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., to defeat North Carolina, 9-5. The Greyhounds played Princeton on March 8, 2006, dropping a 12-7 decision to the Tigers.
Fresh Approach: Loyola's freshman class started the season by making significant contributions in the first three games. The group combined for 22 goals and five assists, as well as 32 draw controls. That represents 39-percent of the team's goals, 33-percent of assists and 48-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.