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#20 Greyhounds Host #16 James Madison At Power In Pink Game Saturday

March 20, 2009

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Game No. 7
#20 Loyola Greyhounds (5-1) vs. #16 James Madison Dukes (4-2)
Saturday, March 21, 2009 • 3 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Game No. 8
#20 Loyola Greyhounds at Delaware Blue Hens
Monday, March 23, 2009 • 3:30 p.m
Newark, Del. • Rullo Stadium


Game Data

  • Loyola wraps up a three-game stretch at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field with its second-straight game against a ranked opponent. The Greyhounds take on No. 16 James Madison on Saturday, March 21, at approximately 3 p.m. The game follows the Loyola-Massachusetts men's lacrosse game.
  • The Greyhounds then travel to Newark, Del., for a 3:30 p.m. game on Monday, March 23, at Delaware. The game was rescheduled after being postponed on March 4 due to field conditions.


Power In Pink

  • The Greyhounds are hosting Power In Pink Day on Saturday when they take on James Madison. The team will be wearing one-time pink jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit breast cancer research following the game. ALL FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR PINK TO SUPPORT THE CAUSE! Raffle prizes include great gifts and a Pink Power Package with lacrosse gear and equipment. All donations will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.


Series History

  • James Madison is the most played opponent in the 38-year history of Loyola women's lacrosse. The former South Atlantic Lacrosse Conference and Colonial Athletic Association rivals will meet for the 37th time on Saturday. The Greyhounds have a 21-15 advantage on the Dukes, but James Madison has won three in a row since 2005.
  • The Greyhounds and Blue Hens will meet for the 32nd time on Monday. Loyola holds a 23-8 series lead.


Starting Fast

  • Loyola's 5-1 record is the best start for the Greyhounds through six games since 2004. That team began the year 12-1 and finished 14-4.
  • The Greyhounds' 95 goals through six games are the most since the 1994 squad totaled 96 during the same stretch. That team was 6-0 and finished the year 16-3 in the NCAA Semifinals. Only one Loyola team has scored more than 96 goals in the first six games; Anne McCloskey's 1984 Greyhounds tallied an even 100, going 6-0 and eventually 14-0 before dropping their final four games of the year.


Last Time Out

  • The Greyhounds jumped out to a 11-2 halftime lead against No. 14 Cornell and extended their lead to 14-3 with 23 minutes to play in the game. Loyola improved to 5-1 this season by finishing off a 16-9 win over the Big Red.
  • Grace Gavin scored seven goals and had an assist, while Abby Rehfuss tallied three goals and two assists. Emily Gibson and Colleen O'Keefe each assisted on three goals.


Off To The Races

  • Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Wednesday's game against Cornell, staking Loyola to a 3-0 lead. She scored another during the first half and three during the second, matching her career-high of seven goals.
  • Gavin's goal total equaled the seven she put up in a 21-18 win last season at Louisville.


Ten In Two

  • Loyola's ball distribution over its last two games has been some of its best of the season. The Greyhounds tallied 10 assists in wins over Davidson and Cornell, setting single-game season highs.


On The Draw

  • The Greyhounds had their best performance of 2009 on the center circle against the Big Red, controlling 19 of 27 draws. Entering the game Cornell had won 10 more draw controls than its opponents through five games, while Loyola was minus-5 in its first five contests.


Filippelli Named BIG EAST Defensive Player Of The Week

  • Cara Filippelli was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. She caused four turnovers and picked up four ground balls against Davidson.
  • Filippelli became the first Loyola player to win the award since her sister, Kate, received the nod on April 14, 2008.


National Rankings

  • James Madison will be the four ranked team (Virginia, Towson and Cornell) that has been ranked at the time Loyola has played them.
  • The Greyhounds are currently 20th in both the IWLCA coaches poll and the Inside Lacrosse rankings, while the Dukes are 16th in both polls.


Goal Distribution

  • Through six games this season, Loyola has been highly effective in spreading out its offense. The Greyhounds have seen 12 and 11 different players score goals in games and nine in another.
  • After an informal poll, no other NCAA Division I team has had 12 or more players score in a game this year.
  • Seven Loyola players are averaging 1.0 goals or more per game and a total of 16 players have scored this year.


On The Mark

  • Loyola has improved its shot percentage (goals divided by shots) from .420 last season to .487 through six games in 2009. As a result, the Greyhounds lead the BIG EAST Conference in that category.


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.