#18 Women's Lacrosse Opens Three-Game Homestand Sunday Versus Davidson

March 11, 2009

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Game No. 5
#18 Loyola Greyhounds (3-1) vs. Davidson Wildcats (3-2)
Sunday, March 15, 2009 • 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Game Data

  • Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a trio of home games beginning with a Sunday, March 15, date with Davidson. The Greyhounds and Wildcats will draw at 12 noon.

Family Fun Day

  • Sunday is Family Fun Day at Loyola. In addition to other fun activities, children can get temporary Greyhounds tattoos, make posters and shoot at the goalie on the inflatable lacrosse field. After Loyola and Davidson wrap up on the field, families will be invited to the turf to throw and catch with the Greyhounds!

Back In The Rankings

  • Loyola jumped back into the national rankings this week after defeating Towson on Saturday. The Greyhounds are ranked 20th in the IWLCA Coaches poll and are tied for 18th in this week's Inside Lacrosse Top 20. They are one of four BIG EAST Conference teams to be ranked currently.
  • Loyola is also ranked 19th in the Top 20.
  • The Greyhounds were last ranked during the week of March 21, 2005.

Series History

  • Loyola and Davidson will meet for the second time on Sunday. The Greyhounds traveled to North Carolina last season and defeated the Wildcats, 20-9, on February 17, in the first-ever meeting.

Last Time Out

  • Towson took an 8-4 lead with 2:23 to play in the first half, but Meg Taylor's goal with 1:24 left before the break started a stretch where Loyola would score 11 of the game's final 15 goals in a 15-12 victory over the Tigers.
  • Nine different players scored for Loyola, seven in the second half.
  • Elizabeth Weber and Abby Rehfuss tied for team-high honors with three goals each, while Mary Heneberry and Emily Gibson each scored twice.
  • The Greyhounds' defense was solid in the second stanza, forcing 15 Towson turnovers and holding them to just four goal on nine shots.

Second Half Surge

  • Loyola came out of halftime a different team against Towson, and it showed on the field and statistically. Not only did the Greyhounds outscore the Tigers 10-4, but they led in several other categories, too: ground balls (16-5), shots (18-9), caused turnovers (9-5) and opponents' turnovers (15-8).

Seeing A Trend

  • The Greyhounds' second half improvements were not unique to the Towson game. Loyola has outscored its opponents 28-27 in the first half, but it has tallied 14 more goals, 31-17, in the second period through four games.
  • Loyola has taken 23 more shots (57-34) than other teams, as well during the second halves of games.

On The Mark

  • Loyola scored goals on 15 of its 28 shots (.535) against the Tigers, and the Greyhounds lead the BIG EAST thus far with a .496 shot percentage (59 goals in 119 shots this year).
  • Nine Greyhounds have taken five or more shots through four games this season, and five of them have a shot percentage of .583 or higher.

Getting To The Eight

  • Loyola has taken 26 free-position shots in four games this season and made 16. While three teams - Syracuse (32), Notre Dame (27) and Cincinnati (27) - in the conference have attempted more, only Notre Dame (18) has converted more.

And Keeping Them Off The Eight

  • Loyola has also showed discipline on defense, keeping opponents off the 8-meter this year. The Greyhounds have allowed just 13 free-position shots, second in the BIG EAST to Georgetown (12).

Early Career High

  • While she has been an integral part of Loyola's team each of the last two years, especially on the draw, Emily Gibson has seen her goal production go up dramatically this year. She has scored eight goals in just four games, already eclipsing the seven she scored as a freshman in 2007.

Large Margin

  • 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 since scoring 25 against American on May 1, 2002.

Balanced Attack

  • Twelve Loyola players scored goals against UMBC, and five Greyhounds had multi-goal games.

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.

World Renowned

  • 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.

Up Next

  • The Greyhounds remain at home for their next two games. They host Cornell in a mid-week affair on Wednesday, March 18, at 3 p.m. James Madison then comes to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, following the Loyola men's lacrosse game versus Massachusetts.