March 3, 2009
Game No. 5
Loyola Greyhounds at Towson Tigers
Saturday, March 7, 2009 5 p.m.
Towson, Md. Unitas Stadium
- Loyola returns to action on Saturday, March 7, 2009, when it travels up the road to Towson for a 5 p.m. game.
- The Loyola-Towson series is the most played in Greyhounds' history, leading James Madison (36), Delaware (31) and Maryland (31).
Last Time Out
- Loyola put up the game's first eight goals and rolled to a 21-6 victory on Wednesday, February 25, over visiting UMBC.
- Twelve different Loyola players scored goals, led by Grace Gavin's four and three each by Colleen O'Keefe and Abby Rehfuss. Emily Gibson and Mary Heneberry also had multi-goal games with two apiece.
- The Greyhounds dominated the 50-50 changes, picking up 29 ground balls to UMBC's 16 and controlling 16 of 29 draws.
- Loyola also caused 17 turnovers, led by Kellye Gallagher's five and Gavin's four.
BIG EAST Honors
- Kellye Gallagher and Grace Gavin were each named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 2 for their efforts against UMBC. Gallagher had five caused turnovers and four ground balls and earned her first weekly BIG EAST honor. Gavin scored four goals, assisting on two others, and caused four turnovers. The award was the fifth of her career.
- Loyola's 15-goal margin of victory against UMBC was the largest the Greyhounds' have put up since they defeated UMBC by the same amount, 18-3, in the 2003 NCAA Championships.
- The 21 goals against the Retrievers matched the amount Loyola scored against Connecticut and Louisville last year. The Greyhounds have not scored more than 21 goals since putting up 25 against American on May 1, 2002.
Top Five Material
- In the first NCAA Division I women's lacrosse statistics that were distributed this week, Loyola ranked in the top five of two team categories. The Greyhounds are second nationally in caused turnovers per game (16.7) and fifth in ground balls per game (26.3).
Also Up There
- The Greyhounds are also in the top 25 of several other categories. The team's 61 points (goals + assists) are 22nd, while the scoring offense (14.7 goals per game) is 15th.
- Three Greyhounds are tied for 16th in caused turnovers per game. Grace Gavin, Ana Heneberry and Kellye Gallagher each have recorded seven caused turnovers, an average of 2.3 per game.
- Gavin is 30th in the nation with an average of 3.3 goals per game.
- Twelve Loyola players scored goals against UMBC, and five Greyhounds had multi-goal games.
- Loyola had 10 players score goals on two occasions last season, against Connecticut and Cincinnati.
- The six goals allowed by Loyola were the fewest a Greyhounds' opponent has tallied since Loyola beat UMBC, 8-6, in February 2006.
- Led by Kellye Gallagher's five, the Greyhounds caused 17 turnovers against the Retrievers. Grace Gavin caused four, and Mary Clare Taylor recorded two. Gallagher's total was a career-high, as were her four ground balls.
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.
Adams Era Begins
- A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse began this season 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.
- 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 assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.
- Following this week's pair of games, Loyola takes a week off before hosting Davidson at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Sunday, March 15, at 12 p.m.