Women's Lacrosse Returns Home For Friday Match-Up Versus Cincinnati

April 2, 2008

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Up Next: Loyola faces two teams for the first time this week, as it plays Cincinnati at home on Friday, April 4, and on the road at Louisville on Sunday, April 6. The Bearcats and Cardinals will be members of the BIG EAST Conference next season and are playing all current conference members this season.

Series History: The games will be the first-ever between Loyola and both Louisville and Cincinnati. They will be the second and third games Loyola has played this year against new opponents. The Greyhounds faced Davidson for the first time on February 17.

A School First (And A Second): Friday's game against Cincinnati will be the first time the institutions have met in intercollegiate contests (not including multi-team events such as golf tournaments). The game on Sunday will be the second time Loyola and Louisville have met following a match-up between the Greyhounds and Cardinals in volleyball at a tournament in 2005.

Flip Honored: Kate Filippelli was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday following her two-goal performance at Penn State. In addition to her scoring, Filippelli controlled a game-high four draws and picked up three ground balls. She was also the primary defender on Penn State's top scorer, Jessi Lieb, holding the U.S. National Team player scoreless while she was marking her.

Bird Flying On Offense: Bridget O'Keefe scored a career-high three goals at Penn State, leading the team in scoring for the first time in her career. The game was the second multi-goal effort of her career (two against Delaware).

Sharing The Scoring: Six Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals and seven players have 10 or more points this season. Those numbers are second behind only Syracuse in the BIG EAST in terms of balanced scoring. In addition to the six who have scored 10 or more goals, Mary Heneberry is on the cusp with nine goals, while Bridget O'Keefe and Cara Filippelli each have seven.

Gavin Goals: Gavin finished the game Notre Dame 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. She was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll following the contest.

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. She was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll following the game against the Fighting Irish for the second time this year.

Fab Freshmen: Loyola's nine-player Class of 2011 has made a huge impact through nine games this season. The group has combined for 58 of Loyola's 126 goals (46-percent), 20-of-44 assists (45-percent) and 66-of-140 draw controls (47-percent). Abby Rehfuss (20g, 9a, 29p) and Grace Gavin (21g, 6a, 27p) are first and second on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (9g, 2a, 11p) and Cara Filippelli (7g, 2a, 9p) are seventh and eighth, respectively. The classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all nine games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 97 saves in over 575 minutes of action.

Back On Track: In just 10 games this year, Loyola's offense has already righted itself from a sub-par 2007 season. The Greyhounds have scored 126 goals this year, seven more than they scored in all of 2007 (16 games). They have 44 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 have 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.

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.

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 25 draw controls through the first nine games, Kate Filippelli has exceeded 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.