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No. 13 Women's Lacrosse Opens BIG EAST Play With Games At Rutgers, Notre Dame

March 25, 2009

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Game No. 9
#13 Loyola Greyhounds (7-1) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-6)
Friday, March 27, 2009 • 7 p.m.
Piscataway, N.J. • Yurcak Field

Game No. 10
#13 Loyola Greyhounds at #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Sunday, March 29, 2009 • 1 p.m.
Notre Dame, Ind. • Loftus Sports Center

Game Data

  • Loyola opens BIG EAST Conference play with a pair of road games this weekend. The Greyhounds travel to Rutgers on Friday, March 27, to take on the Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m. Loyola then travels to Notre Dame, Ind., and will play the Fighting Irish at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.


Series History

  • Loyola will face both teams for the fourth time in the series histories. Rutgers holds a 2-1 advantage in the three previous meetings after defeating the Greyhounds 14-13 last year. Notre Dame has won all three previous games, including 13-10 a year ago.


Moving On Up

  • After a pair of wins over ranked teams last week, Loyola moved up to No. 13 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, as well as the Inside Lacrosse Top 20.


Starting Fast

  • Loyola's 7-1 record is the best start for the Greyhounds through six games since 2004. That team began the year 12-1 and finished 14-4.


Filippelli, Gavin Earns Second Consecutive Honors

  • Cara Filippelli was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row on March 23. She scored three goals against James Madison, and had a goal and an assist versus Cornell. Filippelli also had seven caused turnovers during the week.
  • Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second week in a row, as well, scoring a total of nine goals in the two games.


Last Time Out

  • Loyola held Delaware scoreless for the first 39-plus minutes, jumping out to an 8-0 lead, en route to an 11-5 win. Grace Gavin scored four goals and had an assist, while Colleen O'Keefe tallied two goals and two assists.


Gavin Steps Up Scoring

  • Grace Gavin's 13 goals in Loyola's last three games has lifted her season total to a team-high 29 and moved her into third place in the BIG EAST with an average of 3.62 goals per game. She is also tied for second in the conference with an average of 5.0 points per game.
  • Last season, in 16 games, Gavin scored a total of 36 goals.


Defense Playing Strong

  • After being outshadowed a bit by Loyola's high-scoring offense, the Greyhounds' defensive unit has asserted itself in the last two games as the offense has scored 10 and 11 goals.
  • Loyola's defense held #16 James Madison to nine goals and limited Delaware to just five, none in the first 39 minutes.
  • Two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Cara Filippelli leads the team with 17 caused turnovers, while Ana Heneberry and Grace Gavin each have 14. Loyola's goalkeeping tandem of Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff have a combined goals-against-average of 6.50 in the past four games.


Helpers All Around

  • In its past four games, Loyola has recorded 36 assists, 13 more than the Greyhounds had in their first four games of the 2009 season. Colleen O'Keefe and Emily Gibson each have seven assists, and Grace Gavin has six, during that stretch.


Off To The Races

  • Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Loyola's game against then-No. 14 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.


Goal Distribution

  • Through eight 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 .483 through eight 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.


Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a pair of games, April 3 and 5 against Connecticut and Syracuse.