Women's Lacrosse Continues Road Swing At Penn State

March 26, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola takes a break from BIG EAST Conference play as it steps back into non-conference action on Sunday, March 30, 2008, when it travels to State College, Pa., for a 1 p.m. game at Penn State. The game will be played either on Bigler Field on in Holuba Hall, depending on weather conditions.

Series History: The Greyhounds and Nittany Lions have met every year since 1986 and have a balanced past and will meet for the 23rd time on Sunday. Each team has won 11 of the previous 22 meetings. Penn State enters the game on a three-game winning streak in the series, taking a 20-7 decision on March 31, 2007, in Baltimore. Prior to the last three games, Loyola was victorious in 10 of 11 meetings from 1994-2004 with the only slip coming in a 10-9 loss during the 2002 campaign.

Honor Roll Accolades: Kristen Stone and Grace Gavin each earned BIG EAST Honor Roll mention on March 24 following the Greyhounds game at Notre Dame. It was the second time this season for each player to earn the accolade.

Gavin Goals: Gavin finished the game against the Fighting Irish with four goals, leading all players. She also caused three turnovers and controlled two draws. Her four scores boosted her into the team lead with 21 this season.

Takeaways: Kristen Stone caused four turnovers, tying her season-high, and picked up three ground balls versus Notre Dame. She also led the charge as Loyola's defense held the Fighting Irish to just three second-half scores. Stone now leads Loyola with 16 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls. She leads the BIG EAST in caused turnovers this season.

Fab Freshmen: Loyola's nine-player Class of 2011 has made a huge impact through nine games this season. The group has combined for 56 of Loyola's 119 goals (47-percent), 18-of-41 assists (44-percent) and 65-of-133 draw controls (49-percent). Abby Rehfuss (19g, 9a, 28p) and Grace Gavin (21g, 5a, 26p) are first and second on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (9g, 1a, 10p) and Cara Filippelli (6g, 2a, 8p) are seventh and eighth, respectively. The classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all nine games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 87 saves in over 515 minutes of action.

Balanced Attack: Through nine games this season, 16 different players have scored goals and six have recorded 10 or more goals. During the entire 2007 season, only five players had 10 or more goals.

Back On Track: In just nine games this year, Loyola's offense has already righted itself from a sub-par 2007 season. The Greyhounds have scored 119 goals this year, the same number they totaled in all of 2007 (16 games). They have 41 assists this season, compared to 42 last.

Veteran Scoring: While Loyola's freshman class has put up great scoring numbers, the veteran crew has stepped up its production, too. Alicyn Brunnett and Elizabeth Weber each had 10 goals this year and both scored twice at Notre Dame. Brunnett is one off her career-high for a season of 11 goals (2007), while Weber has already exceeded her output of six goals in two previous seasons.

Sister-to-Sister: Cara and Kate Filippelli teamed to score Loyola's first goal at Notre Dame. Kate took the ball in transition and passed to Cara, cutting in front of the goal, who scored the Greyhounds' first goal, tying the score at one each 1:39 into the contest. Despite having four sets of sisters on the squad, it was the first time this year that sisters have scored an assisted on the same goal.

On The Eight: Loyola has consistently draw fouls inside the 8-meter arc and therefore earned more free-position shots. The Greyhounds have averaged 7.7 free-position attempts in nine games this season, converting an average of 3.2 per contest.

Taking Care Of The Ball: Loyola has committed 144 turnovers this season, seven fewer than its opponents through nine games. It has recorded fewer turnovers in six of nine games this year.

Good Shots: The Greyhounds have scored on 119 of their 283 shots in 2008. Their .420 shot percentage is second-best in the BIG EAST. Two of the team's top-10 scorers - Mary Heneberry and Bridget O'Keefe - have shot percentages of .500 or better. Heneberry has scored on 56-percent of her shots, while O'Keefe has made good on 80-percent.

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.

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.

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.

In Control: Loyola has won 133-of-249 draw controls (53-percent) and is second in the BIG EAST in draw controls per game (14.78). Freshman midfielder Grace Gavin is tied for the conference lead in the category with 3.33.

Honor Roll Selections: Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Feb. 25 following her first three collegiate games. She scored six goals, had two assists and 12 draw controls in those game.. Kristen Stone earned the honor the following week with 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.

Flip On The Draw: With 21 draw controls through the first nine games, Kate Filippelli has matched her previous best for a season. She controlled 21 during the 2006 season.

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.