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Greyhounds Hit Road For BIG EAST Match-Up At Notre Dame

March 18, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola makes its second BIG EAST Conference road trip of the season on Saturday, March 22, 2008, when it travels to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame at 1 p.m. The game will be played indoors at the Loftus Sports Center.

Series History: Loyola and Notre Dame will meet for the third time in series history on Saturday. The Fighting Irish have won the previous two meetings, including an 11-1 victory last season at Diane Geppi-AIkens Field.

BIG (EAST) Honors: Abby Rehfuss became the first freshman to win BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. She is the third Loyola player to earn a weekly award during the Greyhounds two-plus years in the league. Kate McHarg earned Offensive honors on March 13, 2006, and Kristin McKay was tabbed for Defensive accolades on April 17, 2006.

Nationally Recognized: Rehfuss also picked up National Rookie of the Week laurels from womenslax.com following her performance against Connecticut.

How'd She Do It?: Rehfuss' honors were well-deserved, as she had one of the best games of her young career last Saturday versus the Huskies. She set or tied career highs in virtually every category, recording eight points on four goals and four assists. She had four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls, as well.

Fab Freshmen: Loyola's nine-player Class of 2011 has made a huge impact through eight games this season. The group has combined for 51 of Loyola's 109 goals (47-percent), 17-of-37 assists (46-percent) and 60-of-125 draw controls (48-percent). Abby Rehfuss (19g, 8a, 27p) and Grace Gavin (17g, 5a, 22p) are first and third on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (9g, 1a, 10p) and Cara Filippelli (5g, 2a, 7p) are fifth and seventh, respectively. The classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all eight games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 75 saves in over 455 minutes of action.

Brunnett Nets Three: Alicyn Brunnett recorded the second hat trick of her collegiate career, scoring three times against Connecticut. She also had an assist for a career-high four points. Her first three-goal game came on April 3, 2007, against James Madison.

Cara, Too: Freshman Cara Filippelli also scored three times versus the Huskies, marking the first multi-goal effort of her young career. Entering the game, Filippelli had two goals and an assist for three points. She more than doubled that against the Huskies, adding an assist to her three goals.

Record Setting: Loyola and Connecticut combined for 36 total goals in the game last Saturday, setting a BIG EAST record for goals by two teams in a league game. The previous record of 33 was set in a 23-10 Georgetown win over Boston College on April 14, 2002.

First One, Make It Two: Greyhounds junior Mary Clare Taylor scored her first collegiate goal against Connecticut, a week after recording her first assist as a collegian versus Rutgers. The goal came with 16:30 left in the first half, and Taylor doubled her career total in less than six minutes, scoring an 8-meter attempt with 10:54 to go.

Balanced Output: Ten different Greyhounds scoring in Loyola's victory over Connecticut. It was the most players to score in a Loyola game since 10 found the net in a 20-8 victory over UMBC on March 1, 2005.

Twenty Twice: The game was the second time this season (Davidson) that Loyola has scored 20 or more goals in a game. It is the first time the Greyhounds have done that since scoring 20 in back-to-back games at George Mason and against American on April 11 and 13, 1994. Loyola also put up 21 goals against Towson during the 1994 season.

Most Since 2002: Twenty-one goals against the Huskies is the highest single-game total Loyola has posted since defeating American, 25-4, on May 1, 2002.

Going For Grounders: Loyola scooped up 25 ground balls, a season-high, against Connecticut. Kate Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss each had four, while Kristen Stone, Grace Gavin and Meg Steffe added three each. Stone is third in the BIG EAST with 2.62 ground balls per game.

Sister Scoring: Loyola has four sets of sisters on its 2008 roster, and each duo was represented in the Greyhounds' scoring output against Connecticut. Cara (3g, 1a) and Kate (2g, 1a) Filippelli, Colleen (1g, 1a) and Bridget (1g) O'Keefe, Mary Clare Taylor (2g) and Emily Gibson (1a) all had points in the 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.

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.

In Control: Loyola has won 125-of-225 draw controls (56-percent) and leads the BIG EAST in draw controls per game (15.62). Freshman midfielder Grace Gavin is second in the conference in the category with 3.50.

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.

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.

Flip On The Draw: With 20 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.

High Expectations: Loyola senior defender Kristen Stone was named the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Stone finished last season with 37 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers and earned IWLCA Regional All-America honors and was a unanimous choice to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team.