Rehfuss Earns BIG EAST Offensive Player and National Rookie of the Week Honors

March 17, 2008

BALTIMORE - Loyola freshman midfielder Abby Rehfuss (Latham, N.Y./Shaker High School) earned two major awards following her outstanding performance in the Greyhounds' 21-15 win over Connecticut on Saturday.

Rehfuss was named the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week and National Rookie of the Week today.

Rehfuss totaled eight points, as she matched her career-best with four goals and had a career-high four assists in the victory.

The first-year player from Latham, N.Y., also had four ground balls, tying her for team-high honors, three caused turnovers and two draw controls.

"Abby had a great all-around game against UConn," Greyhounds Head Coach Kerri O'Day said. "Every game is a learning curve for her. Abby has the ability to dominate games, and she is only going to get better as she gains more experience."

Rehfuss is the first Loyola player this season to earn a BIG EAST Player of the Week Award. In the Greyhounds' two-plus season in the conference, Rehfuss is the third player from Loyola to earn an award.

Kate McHarg was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on March 13, 2005, and Kristin McKay earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on April 17, 2005.

With her offensive output on Saturday, Rehfuss moved into the team lead through eight games in goals (19), assists (8) and total points (27). She is third on the Greyhounds in draw controls (15) and tied for third in caused turnovers (7) this season.

In addition to Rehfuss' honor, Kristen Stone was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this year after causing four turnovers and scooping up three ground balls against the Huskies.

Loyola (3-5 overall, 1-2 BIG EAST) continues conference action on Saturday, March 22, 2008, when it plays at Notre Dame. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. in the Loftus Sports Center.