Gallagher, Gavin Take Home BIG EAST Awards

April 4, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse players swept the BIG EAST Confernece weekly awards for the second week in a row and third time this season after the Greyhounds won their first two league games over the weekend, the BIG EAST office announced today.

Kellye Gallagher was named Defensive Player of the Week, and Grace Gavin picked up her second-straight, and third of 2011, Offensive Player of the Week nod.

Loyola improved its record to 10-0 overall with victories on the road last weekend at Cincinnati and then-No. 17 Notre Dame.

Earlier in the day, the Greyhounds moved up to No. 3 nationally in the de beers/Inside Lacrosse media poll, the highest they have risen since finishing the 2003 regular season ranked first.

Gallagher led the Loyola defense in the BIG EAST victories, tallying nine ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Against Cincinnati, she picked up four ground balls and caused two Bearcat turnovers. She followed that performance with five ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnovers as the Greyhounds defeated Notre Dame for the first time ever on Sunday.

The award is the first of Gallagher's career and the fifth this year by a Loyola defender. Goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff has earned the award four times.

Gavin continued her stellar offensive play over the weekend, combing for eight goals and four assists in the wins. On Friday at Cincinnati, she scored four goals and had an assist in the 17-3 victory. Her first goal against the Bearcats extended her consecutive goals-scored streak to an even 50 games, dating back to March 30, 2008.

She followed that performance with a 4-goal, 3-assist, 4-draw control effort at Notre Dame. Against the Fighting Irish, she scored the last two goals of the first half to put Loyola on top, 6-4, at the break. She then scored twice more in the second half as the Greyhounds pulled away for the 13-10 victory. Her final assist gave her sole possession of fourth-place all-time at Loyola in career assists. She now has 68, one more than Stacey Morlang who played at Loyola from 1999-2002.

The award is Gavin's third this season and fourth of her career. It is the third week in a row that a Loyola player has earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after Meg Decker took the award two weeks ago.

Loyola continues conference action on Friday evening at 5 o'clock when it hosts Louisville at Ridley Athletic Complex.