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Women's Lacrosse Faces Connecticut In Next BIG EAST Contest

March 11, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola hosts Connecticut on Saturday, March 15, 2008, at 1 p.m., on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in Baltimore, Md. The game is Loyola's second if three-straight BIG EAST Conference games.

Series History: Loyola and Connecticut will meet for the third time on Saturday. The teams had not faced each other prior to the Greyhounds' BIG EAST Conference entrance in 2006. Loyola edged the Huskies, 15-13, in the first meeting on April 12, 2006, but Connecticut defended its home turf on April 11, 2007, with a 15-12 victory.

Starting Advantage: Freshman attacker Mary Heneberry received the first start of her collegiate career on March 5 against Delaware and took advantage of the opportunity. She scored six goals, the most by a Loyola player since Kate McHarg scored seven goals against Stanford on April 22, 2006.

Balancing Act: While Heneberry led the way against Delaware, the Greyhounds had a balanced attack versus the Blue Hens. Seven players scored and four - Heneberry, Grace Gavin (4), Colleen O'Keefe (3), and Bridget O'Keefe (2) - had multi-goal performances.

Four For Three: Loyola was not quite as balanced against Rutgers, but it did have four players with three goals each against the Scarlet Knights. Colleen O'Keefe, Grace Gavin, Abby Rehfuss and Kate Filippelli all recorded hat tricks. No Loyola team has accomplished that feat since at least 1999.

Getting In On The Action: Not to feel left out in the 18-goal effort against Delaware, senior defenders Kristen Stone and Bridget Zingler each scored against the Blue Hens. They both recorded their first goals since their freshman seasons (2005) on transition opportunities.

Sister Act: The Greyhounds had sets of sisters score in each game last week. Colleen and Bridget O'Keefe recorded three and two goals, respectively against Delaware, and Kate and Cara Filippelli scored three times and once, respectively, versus Rutgers. It is the third time Loyola sisters (there are four sets on the team) have scored in the same game this year. The O'Keefe siblings also found the net at Davidson.

In Control: Loyola has won 102-of-187 draw controls (55-percent) and is second in the BIG EAST in draw controls per game (14.57). Freshman midfielder Grace Gavin leads the conference in the category with 3.43.

O'Keefe Offense: After scoring three goals and recording an assist against both Delaware and Rutgers, Colleen O'Keefe leads Loyola in goals scored (17), assists (6) and total points (23). She is two goals shy of her season total in goals from a year ago (19), and O'Keefe currently ranks seventh in the BIG EAST with 2.43 goals per game.

On The Circle: Prior to the Delaware game, Mary Clare Taylor had just two draw controls this season and three in her career. However, she was moved onto the circle against the Blue Hens and played a big role in helping Loyola controls 20-of-31 draws. Taylor recorded four draw controls in the game, leading all players.

Running Fast: Loyola went down 2-0 in the first four minutes against Delaware, but the Greyhounds went on an 18-3 run over the next 43 minutes to take control of the game. Delaware scored the final six goals.

Four For The Freshman: Loyola freshman midfielder Abby Rehfuss recorded a career-high four goals against Towson, 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: Rutgers overcame a 6-5 halftime deficit and went on a 5-1 run to open the second half on Saturday, March 8. Kate Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss each scored in the final 2:19, but the Scarlet Knights held on for a 14-13 BIG EAST Conference victory. On Wednesday, March 5, against Delaware, Loyola used an 18-3 run that covered 43 minutes to take control of an 18-11 victory. Mary Heneberry scored six in the game for the Greyhounds, while Grace Gavin added four.

The Last Time: Emily Gibson tied the game at 10-10 with over 22 minutes remaining, but then-No. 19 Connecticut scored two goals in a row to take the lead for good in a 15-12 victory on April 11, 2007. Maura Kenny scored four times, Kate McHarg had three, and Alicyn Brunnett added two for the Greyhounds. Kristin Link scored four times for the Huskies, while Whitney Michele added three.

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 Selections: 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. Kristen Stone earned the honor the following week after recording six ground balls and causing four turnovers against Towson.

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. Fifteen players have scored goals, and 17 have recorded points with at least one goal or one assist.

Flip On The Draw: With 16 draw controls through the first seven 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 has not played a women's lacrosse game on March 15 in 10 years. The last time the Greyhounds took the field on this date, they lost, 10-4, at North Carolina in 1998. They are 1-2 all-time on March 15 with an overtime win against Penn State in 1995 and a 3-2 loss at Pennsylvania in 1988.

Fresh Approach: Loyola's freshman class started the season by making significant contributions in the first seven games. The group combined for 41 goals and 11 assists, as well as 46 draw controls. That represents 47-percent of the team's goals, 41-percent of assists and 45-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.