No. 6 Women's Lacrosse Faces Cornell On Friday

March 9, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Cornell Big Red
Date Friday, March 11, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Lions, Tigers and Bears

• Three days after dispatching the then-No. 17 Towson Tigers, Loyola knocked off the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday evening, 10-7. The team now takes on the 1-2 Cornell Big Red on Friday afternoon.

• The Greyhounds' 3-0 record has the team off to the best start since 2004. Loyola  defeated Pennsylvania, UMBC and North Carolina before dropping its next game to Princeton en route to a 14-4 season. Loyola has not started a season 4-0 since 2003 when the Greyhounds went 17-2 and lost in the NCAA Semifinals.

Series History

• Loyola and Cornell stand even in the all-time series, 2-2.

• The Greyhounds took the 2010 contest on March 13 by a score of 9-7, thanks to hat tricks from Abby Rehfuss and Meg Decker.

• The two sides first played in 2007 and have continued for the past four years, with Cornell winning the first two games and Loyola collecting the last two.

Scouting the Big Red

• Friday's game marks the road opener for Cornell, who has gone 1-2 in 2011 after falling, 13-12, to fellow Ivy League foe Harvard on March 5.

• Cornell lost its first game to BIG EAST member Rutgers, 11-7, on February 26. The Big Red captured its first win against Colgate in a 15-14 shootout on March 2.

• Libby Johnson leads the team in goals (nine) and points (10). Jessi Steinberg's eight draw controls lead the team in that category and Ali O'Neil leads in ground balls, with seven.

Beasts in the BIG EAST

• Goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 9 for the second time this year after making 10 saves in the team's 12-2 win over Towson on March 5.

• The junior co-captain also earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the week of February 21 for the first time in her career after nabbing two Honor Roll honors last year.

Grace Gavin was also named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this week after her two goal, one assist effort over Towson.

Talk of the Nation

• Entering Tuesday's game against Penn State, Loyola ranked nationally in several statistical categories:

• First in scoring defense (5 goals allowed/game)

• Second in caused turnovers (14/game)

• Second in scoring margin (8.50/game)

• 11th in ground balls per game (20.50)

• 24th in scoring offense (13.50 goals/game) 

Climbing the Ladder

• The Greyhounds moved up one spot to No. 6 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse College Association poll this week after a 12-2 win over Towson.

• The team also made the same jump from No. 7 to No. 6 in the newest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Poll.

• The ranking marks the best for the Greyhounds since the 2004 season.

Penned In

• The Greyhounds picked up their third win with a 10-7 victory over Penn State on March 8, rallying from a 5-1 deficit early in the second half by scoring nine in the second stanza to win.

Meg Decker and Grace Gavin tallied hat tricks in the win.

Kellye Gallagher set a new career high with five ground balls to lead the team in that category. Decker controlled seven draws in the win, one away from her career high.

Tiger Trap

• Loyola took the 39th meeting with local rival Towson on Saturday, March 5 by dominating both ends of the field, rolling to a 12-2 win at Towson's Unitas Stadium.

• The 12-2 result matched the biggest Greyhounds win over the Tigers since March 28, 2001, when Loyola turned in a 13-3 win on the road. Loyola now leads the all-time series, 30-9.

Kerry Stoothoff came up big for Loyola once again, making 10 saves, including seven in the second half, for her second win of the season.

• Four Greyhounds scored two goals each (Grace Gavin, Caroline Hager, Marlee Paton and Abby Rehfuss) and four more each tallied one (Cara Filippelli, Taryn VanThof, Ali Carpenter and Ashley Cahill). With the result, Loyola boasted eight different scorers for the second straight game.

• Cahill, VanThof and Carpenter each scored their first career goal in the win. 

Heck UVa Win

• Loyola began its 39th season in impressive fashion, knocking off the then-ranked No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers by a score of 15-8 on Saturday, Feb. 19.

• Eight different Greyhounds tallied goals for Loyola, including freshman Marlee Paton, who led all scorers with four goals. Grace Gavin added three and Caroline Hager and Meg Decker each chipped in two.

• Prior to the win against Virginia, the last time Loyola boasted eight scorers in a game was on March 24, 2010, when the Greyhounds topped Stony Brook, 18-7. Nine different players scored for Loyola in the win over the Seawolves.

Jolly Good

• Loyola hosted the England national team on February 24 in exhibition action and bested the British visitors, 14-9.

•  A pair of freshmen enjoyed a successful evening as Marlee Paton and Taryn VanThof tied for the team lead with three goals each. Eight different players scored for the Greyhounds on the night. Joanna Dalton and Meg Decker each added two, and Grace Gavin, Abby Rehfuss, Caroline Hager and Alison Habicht all added one apiece.

Paton's Place

• Freshman Marlee Paton was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on February 21 after scoring four goals in her collegiate debut against Virginia, leading all scorers.

• For her effort, Paton was named the Rookie of the Week the week of February 21 as well.

Amazing Grace

Grace Gavin enters the year with the chance to make significant strides in the Loyola record books. She sits 64 points short of tying the Loyola career point record, 57 goals short of the career goal mark and 62 assists shy of the career assists record.

• Gavin enters this week on a 44 game goal streak after scoring three in the team's 10-7 win against Penn State on March 8.




Career Record Watch

Grace Gavin ranks fifth in points (224, four behind Rita Ciletti in fourth), fifth in goals (166, 11 behind Anne Allen in fourth), ninth in assists (58, one Michelle Meyer in eighth), eighth in draw controls (117, one behind Emily Gibson in seventh) and 15th in caused turnovers (47, one behind Stacey Morlang in 14th). 

Abby Rehfuss ranks fourth in draw controls (124, one behind Rita Ciletti in third), 11th in caused turnovers (58, one behind teammate Ana Heneberry in 10th), 23rd in points (131, one behind Kerry Johnson in 22nd), 24th in goals (93, one behind Linda Justice in 23rd) and 18th in assists (38, two behind Sabrina Gallagher and Colleen O'Keefe in 16th).

Cara Filippelli ranks third in caused turnovers (74, 16 behind Tara Singleton in second).

Ana Heneberry ranks 10th in caused turnovers (59, one behind Dana Cappello in ninth).

• Goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff ranks ninth in saves (255, 45 behind Kim Lawton in ninth), 20th in save percentage (.497, Kelly Gonnor holds 19th with .500) and 14th in goals against average (9.66, Kate Plantholt holds 13th with 9.64).

Hard Road to Travel


• The Greyhounds' 2011 schedule includes five opponents in the March 7 edition of the IWLCA Top 20. Loyola has already defeated No. 7 Virginia (15-8).

• Other opponents in the top 20 include: No. 10 James Madison (March 19), No. 11 Notre Dame (April 3), No. 9 Georgetown (April 19) and No. 12 Syracuse (April 29) appear on Loyola's schedule this season. The Greyhounds also play Rutgers (April 23), and have beaten Towson (12-2), who both receive votes in the poll.

Leaders of the Pack

• Midfielder Cara Filippelli, midfielder Abby Rehfuss and goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff serve as captains for Loyola this year. Filippelli (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and 28 assists) and Rehfuss (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and seven assists) return as captains for the second year, while Stoothoff (9.47 goals-against-average and .497 save percentage) makes her debut as a captain.

Big Respect in the BIG EAST

• BIG EAST coaches predicted Loyola to finish fourth in the conference in the annual preseason conference poll. The Greyhounds went 5-3 in BIG EAST play last year en route to a fourth-place finish. Georgetown took top honors, followed by Syracuse and Notre Dame.

Grace Gavin, Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on January 25. Gavin was a unanimous selection, as well as taking BIG EAST Preseason Attack Player of the Year honors. The announcement marked Gavin's third straight year on the team, Filippelli's second and Rehfuss' first.

Old `Hounds, New Tricks

• Loyola returns 10 starters from the 2010 team that ended the year ranked No. 13, including 2010 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year Grace Gavin. Gavin finished the year with 64 goals and 23 assists for 87 points, also earning IWLCA Second-Team All-American and All-American honors. The returners for Loyola in 2011 combined for 198 goals and 81 assists last year.

• The team also sees three Second-Team All-BIG EAST selections from 2010 return for this season. Rehfuss and Filippelli earned the honor in addition to junior defender Ana Heneberry, who ranked second on the team with 35 caused turnovers and third with 39 ground balls.

• The Greyhounds lose only two starters from last year's squad that reached the BIG EAST Semifinals, but two players who served big roles for Loyola. Emily Gibson tallied 48 points for the Greyhounds (33 goals and 15 assists), second-most on the team, while Tara Gardner led the team from the defensive end, starting all 18 games.

Party at Our Place

• Loyola will host the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship at the Ridley Athletic Complex on May 2 and 4, 2013. The event will mark the first BIG EAST postseason event Loyola has hosted. In nine years, BIG EAST teams have made 23 appearances in the NCAA tournament and six teams have made it to the final four. Three teams (Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown) have appeared in the tournament for three years straight.

Young Pups

• Loyola welcomes seven freshmen to the team in 2011. Top incoming players include Ali Carpenter (Baltimore Sun Player to Watch, hat trick in the IAAM-A Maryland State Championship Game), Taryn VanThof (Led high school team in goals, assists and ground balls for all four years and scored first goal against Towson) and Marlee Paton (Youngest player on the Australian Senior National Team that took the silver medal at the 2009 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, scored four goals in debut against Virginia).

Steering the Ship

• Head Coach Jen Adams returns to lead the Greyhounds for the third year, looking to build on a 22-13 record at Loyola. In 2010 under Adams, Loyola reached its first ever BIG EAST Semifinal and led the nation in caused turnovers (13.06/game) for the second consecutive season. The team also enjoyed its best-ever season in the BIG EAST (5-3) and ranked in the top 25 in five statistical categories.

• Assistant Coach Dana Dobbie also returns for her third season. A two-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist at Maryland, Dobbie has overseen a Loyola midfield unit that has produced four All-BIG EAST selections and led the in caused turnovers over the last two years.

• Loyola adds new assistant coach Katie Chrest to the coaching staff this year. Chrest, a three-time All-American at Duke, played on the championship-winning 2009 U.S. Women's World Cup Team after becoming the Blue Devils' all-time leading scorer and winning the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy.