#6/4 Women's Lacrosse Opens BIG EAST Action This Weekend

March 30, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Cincinnati Bearcats
Date Friday, April 1, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Cincinnati, Ohio | Nippert Stadium
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Game Information
Opponent Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date Sunday, April 3, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Notre Dame, Ind.. | Arlotta Stadium
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland's women's lacrosse team opens BIG EAST Conference play this weekend with a road trip to Ohio and Indiana.
  • Cincinnati hosts the Greyhounds at 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon in Nippert Stadium, and Loyola then visits the 17th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday at 1 o'clock.


  • Conference play started in the BIG EAST last weekend, but the Greyhounds will begin their sixth season in the league on Friday. Last season, Loyola finished fourth in the BIG EAST and reached the conference championships for the first time.

Series History

  • Loyola and Cincinnati will meet for the fourth time on Friday with the Greyhounds having won the previous three meetings by an average of more than 12 goals.
  • Last year, Loyola beat Cincinnati, 16-6, as Mary Heneberry scored five goals, and Grace Gavin tallied three goals and four assists.
  • Conversely, Notre Dame holds a 5-0 lead in the all-time series with the Greyhounds. The Fighting Irish have outscored Loyola, 74-43 in the five games.
  • The Greyhounds led last season's meeting with Notre Dame, 8-5, with 25:56 to play, but the Fighting Irish reeled off five-straight goals to take a 10-8 lead with 12:09 left on the clock. Abby Rehfuss scored with 9:25 to go, and Cara Filippelli converted on a free-position shot with 4:38 in regulation, tying the game at 10-10. Ansley Stewart, however, won it for Notre Dame on a goal with six ticks left on the clock.

Scouting the Bearcats

  • Cincinnati enters Friday's game with a 2-7 overall record after dropping its BIG EAST opener last Sunday to then-No. 17 Louisville. The Bearcats rallied with three late goals, but came up short, 18-15.
  • Laura Simanski leads Cincinnati with 18 goals, while Katie Liberatore tops the team with 21 points on 13 goals and a team-best eight assists.
  • Paige Stratton pages the defense with 15 ground balls and a team-best 11 caused turnovers. Jen Walsh has started all nine Cincinnati games in goal and has a 16.38 goals against average.

Following The Fighting Irish

  • Notre Dame is 3-5 and ranked 17th in the IWLCA coaches' poll and will play its first BIG EAST game of 2011 on Friday when it hosts Rutgers. The Fighting Irish were edged last Sunday in non-conference action at Hofstra, 10-9.
  • Maggie Tamasitis tops the team in points with 28 on 10 goals and 18 assists, while Jenny Granger leads with 14 goals.
  • Shaylyn Blaney is a standout two-way player for the Fighting Irish, standing second on the team with 12 goals while leading the club with 18 caused turnovers. Ellie Hilling has started all eight Notre Dame games as the goalkeeper, averaging 9.51 goals against.

Pair Of Sixes

  • Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss each scored six goals last Sunday as the Greyhounds defeated Denver, 20-10. Gavin tallied four in the first half and two in the second, while Rehfuss scored all six of hers in the second 30 minutes.
  • Rehfuss' six goals came in two quick flurries. She scored the first three goals of the second half in a stretch of 1-minute, 49-seconds, and she then tallied three in a row over 2:32 midway through the half.
  • The last time two Loyola players each scored six goals in a game was on April 23, 2005, when Sydney Greene and Kate McHarg accomplished the feat against Stanford. The Greyhounds' assist leader in that game was Rachel Shuck with two. Shuck was on the Denver sidelines Sunday where she is an assistant coach for the Pioneers.

Drawing A 10

  • Meg Decker set a career-high with 10 draw controls in the Greyhounds' victory over Denver, equalling the total the entire Pioneers' team put up.
  • The senior leads the Greyhounds and is second in the BIG EAST with 35 draw controls, an average of 4.38 per game, this season.
  • Since NCAA rule for counting draw controls changed in 2001, no Loyola player hag recorded more than eight in a game. Former Loyola All-American Kate McHarg did that twice.

Collecting Hardware

  • Loyola's string of BIG EAST honors continued Monday when Grace Gavin and Kerry Stoothoff swept the conference's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors. Gavin tallied 15 points - 10 goals and five assists - in a pair of wins, and Stoothoff continued her solid play in goal.
  • Meg Decker was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week the week before after she collected six goals and three assists for nine points during the week, matching her career-best with six points at Delaware with four goals and two assists.
  • Thus far, the only week during which the Greyhounds have not received one of the two weekly winners was February 28 when their only contest was the exhibition against the English National Team.
  • Gavin and Stoothoff also swept the awards on March 14 when Gavin earned the Offensive Player of the Week nod for the first time this season while Stoothoff collected the Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the third time in four weeks.
  • Loyola is the only BIG EAST team to sweep the awards through six weeks of honors.

Off And Running

  • Loyola's 8-0 start is its best since the 2003 Final Four team raced out to 14 straight victories en route to a 17-2 final record. That team ended the regular season ranked No. 1.
  • The Greyhounds remained at No. 5 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media poll and No. 6 in the IWLCA Coaches poll released Monday.
  • The rankings are the highest for Loyola since the 2004 season.

Perfect In March

  • Loyola wrapped up a perfect month of March, going 7-0, with the win over Denver. It is the 13th time in school history that the Greyhounds have completed an undefeated third month of the year. It is, however, only the sixth time Loyola has accomplished the feat when playing more five or more games in the month (the season started much later prior to 1986).

Amazing Grace

  • Grace Gavin has been the Greyhounds' leading goal and point scorer in six of eight games this year, and she has led the team in assists on four occasions. Through eight contests in 2011, the senior has scored 31 goals and has nine assists for 40 points.
  • Gavin continues to climb the Loyola career scoring charts and is now third in total points (253; 35 behind Stacey Morlang in first). She is also third in goals (189; 34 back of Janet Eisenhut) and fifth in assists (64; three from tying Morlang for fourth).
  • Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 49 games, dating back to March 30, 2008, at Penn State. She has one or more point in each contest since the only time she was shutout in her collegiate career, February 26, 2008, at UMBC. She has scored a point in 60-of-61 career games.

Limiting Free Positions

  • While the Greyhounds have committed 198 fouls this season, they have been good at keeping their hands to themselves inside the 8-meter arc. Opponents have taken just 30 free-position shots, an average of less than four per game, while Loyola has attempted 52.
  • Furthermore, after averaging 27.2 fouls in their first five games of 2011, the Greyhounds have been whistled for an average of 19.0 in their last three.

Century Mark

  • Abby Rehfuss scored her on March 23 as the Greyhounds defeated host UMBC, 15-8. The senior midfielder tallied the milestone on a free-position shot with 17:49 left in the game, making her the 21st player in program history to score 100 or more goals.
  • With just over a minute to go in the game, she scored her 101st goal on a nifty behind-the-back shot.

Paton's Place

  • Freshman Marlee Paton was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on February 21 after scoring four goals in her collegiate debut against Virginia, leading all scorers. For her effort, Paton was named the Rookie of the Week the week of February 21 as well.

Last Time Out

  • Denver cut Loyola's one-time six-goal lead to just two, 7-5, with 121 seconds left in the first half, but Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss combined to score the next five goals, leading an 8-0 Greyhounds run, and Loyola beat the Pioneers, 20-10, in its regular-season finale.
  • Gavin and Rehfuss each scored six goals, and Gavin led all players with eight total points. Meg Decker set a career-high with 10 draw controls, the most by a Loyola player since the current statistics rule came into effect for the category in 2001.

Hard Road to Travel

  • The Greyhounds' 2011 schedule includes five opponents in the March 28 edition of the IWLCA Top 20. Loyola has already defeated No. 8 Virginia (15-8) and No. 9 James Madison (11-7).
  • Other opponents appearing on the Greyhounds' schedule in the top 20 include: No. 17 Notre Dame (Sunday), No. 13 Georgetown (April 19) and No. 11 Syracuse (April 29). The Greyhounds also have defeated Penn State (10-7) and play Rutgers (April 23), both of whom are receiving votes in the poll.

Battle Of The Dogs

  • Loyola defeated the UMBC Retrievers, 15-8, on March 23 thanks to a balanced offensive output and solid defensive effort. Grace Gavin and Marlee Paton each scored four goals, while Gavin had three assists and Paton two.
  • Taryn VanThof scored the first two goals of the game and finished with a career-high three on just four shots. Abby Rehfuss chipped in two, and Meg Decker and Caroline Hager each scored once.
  • Decker led all players with seven draw controls. Kerry Stoothoff made saves on 11 shots and allowed just eight goals against UMBC.

Leaving Maryland, My Maryland

  • Loyola left the state of Maryland for the first time this season on March 16, crossing the state line into Delaware for the 14-13 win over the Blue Hens.
  • The Greyhounds remain within the state lines through the month of March, not leaving the state again until a BIG EAST trip to Cincinnati and Notre Dame this weekend.
  • Last year, the Greyhounds opened the season with four consecutive road games before hosting nearby-rival Towson in the home opener.

Heck UVa Win

  • Eight different Greyhounds tallied goals for Loyola when it defeated then-No. 7 Virginia to open the season. Freshman Marlee Paton led all scorers with four goals, while Grace Gavin added three and Caroline Hager and Meg Decker each chipped in two.
  • Prior to the win against Virginia, the last time Loyola boasted eight scorers in a game was on March 24, 2010, when the Greyhounds topped Stony Brook, 18-7. Nine different players scored for Loyola in the win over the Seawolves.

Leaders of the Pack

  • Midfielder Cara Filippelli, midfielder Abby Rehfuss and goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff serve as captains for Loyola this year. Filippelli (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and 28 assists) and Rehfuss (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and seven assists) return as captains for the second year, while Stoothoff (9.47 goals-against-average and .497 save percentage) makes her debut as a captain.

Big Respect in the BIG EAST

  • BIG EAST coaches predicted Loyola to finish fourth in the conference in the annual preseason conference poll. The Greyhounds went 5-3 in BIG EAST play last year en route to a fourth-place finish. Georgetown took top honors, followed by Syracuse and Notre Dame.
  • Grace Gavin, Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on January 25. Gavin was a unanimous selection, as well as taking BIG EAST Preseason Attack Player of the Year honors. The announcement marked Gavin's third straight year on the team, Filippelli's second and Rehfuss' first.

Party at Our Place

  • Loyola will host the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship at the Ridley Athletic Complex on May 2 and 4, 2013. The event will mark the first BIG EAST postseason event Loyola has hosted. In nine years, BIG EAST teams have made 23 appearances in the NCAA tournament and six teams have made it to the final four.
  • Three teams (Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown) have appeared in the tournament for three years straight.

Plotting the Course

  • The Greyhounds continue BIG EAST action on April 8 when they host Louisville at 5 p.m. It's movie night, and admission is free for all. Stick around after the game to watch Tangled on the video board.