Louisville Comes To Ridley To Face #5/3 Women's Lacrosse

April 6, 2011

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Opponent Louisville Cardinals
Date Friday, April 8, 2011
Time 5 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Opponent Villanova Wildcats
Date Sunday, April 10, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Villanova Stadium
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  • BIG EAST Conference play continues this weekend when the Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team hosts Louisville at 5 o'clock on Friday. It's also Movie Night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Admission will be free for all fans, and they can stick around after the game to watch Disney's Tangled on the video board. Seating will be available on the field to watch with the team!
  • The Greyhounds head back on the road Sunday, traveling up Interstate 95 to Philadelphia where they will face host Villanova at 1 o'clock.


In The Polls

  • Loyola remained in the No. 5 spot in the IWLCA coaches poll released on Monday while rising to No. 3 in the deBeers/Inside Lacrosse media rankings. The poll positions are the highest the Greyhounds have been rated since entering the 2003 NCAA Championships in the top spot.


2-0 Start

  • The Greyhounds picked up a pair of BIG EAST Conference victories last weekend at Cincinnati and Notre Dame, opening league play 2-0 for the second year in a row. In its six season in the conference, 2010 and 2011 are the only times Loyola has started with wins in its first two games.


Series History

  • Loyola and Louisville have played each of the last three seasons in BIG EAST Conference play since the inception of the Cardinals' program. The Greyhounds won 17-10 in the Bluegrass State last season to move to 2-1 all-time in the series.
  • Last year, the Cardinals led, 8-7, with more than 21 minutes to play before Grace Gavin scored four-straight goals for Loyola, starting a 9-0 Greyhounds run.
  • Villanova joined the BIG EAST for women's lacrosse in 2010 leading to the Wildcats first meeting with Loyola. Gavin scored six goals, and Mary Heneberry had four, as the Greyhounds pulled out a 17-15 victory on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex.


Scouting the Cardinals

  • Louisville comes to Baltimore with an 8-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the BIG EAST. Last Sunday, the Cardinals lost to Ohio State, 15-11, in non-conference action, four days after beating then-No. 13 Vanderbilt, 12-6. Louisville's conference win came in a 18-15 decision over Cincinnati.
  • Katie Oliverio leads NCAA Division I with 3.1 assists per game and tops the Cardinals with 43 points. Bergan Foley is her favorite target, as Foley is tied with Loyola's Grace Gavin for tops in the BIG EAST and third in the nation with 3.9 goals per game. Liz Lovejoy has scored 33 goals, while Emily Dashiell and Lianne Bobal have tallied 24 and 19, respectively for the team that is ranked sixth in Division I with a 15.4 goals per game mark.
  • Ashley Herbst has started all 10 Louisville goals in goal and has a 9.11 goals against average. Monica Negron leads the Cardinals with 19 caused turnovers.


Wildcat Scratches

  • Villanova is 4-4 through eight games this season and 0-1 in the BIG EAST after losing its conference opener to Georgetown, 17-12. The Wildcats were beaten, 11-2, by California in their last game.
  • Justine Donodeo leads Villanova with 24 goals and nine assists this season, while Maria Bowman has scored 13 goals and assisted on seven others.
  • Julia Todd has started five games and played in two as the Wildcats' goalkeeper. She has a 7.18 goals against average in just over 300 minutes of action between the pipes.


Another Honors Sweep

  • Loyola players swept the weekly BIG EAST Conference honors for the second week in a row and third time this season on Monday. Kellye Gallagher was named Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, and Grace Gavin earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this year.
  • Gallagher had nine ground balls - four at Cincinnati and five at Notre Dame - in a pair of Loyola wins last week. She also caused two turnovers at Cincinnati and had a pair of draw controls against the Fighting Irish.
  • Gavin was the offensive award winner for the second week in a row and fourth time during her career. She scored four goals in both Loyola wins and also had three assists at Notre Dame.
  • Loyola has now won nine BIG EAST weekly awards this season - five defensive and four offensive. The Greyhounds are the only BIG EAST team to sweep the awards through seven weeks of honors.


Climbing The Charts

  • Earlier this season, Loyola's Grace Gavin moved Loyola's all-time lists in goals and points scored, and she continued her climb up the assists chart last weekend. She recorded three assists against Notre Dame to move into fourth-place all-time at Loyola with 68, surpassing Stacey Morlang (1999-2002) who had 67. Next up for Gavin is Erika Mawhorr (1991-1994) who tallied 77.
  • Gavin is third on Loyola's points and goals scored lists with 265 and 197, respectively. She is 19 points away from tying Janet Eisenhut (1980-1983) for second place in points and 24 shy of Morlang's second-place goal total.


Luck Against The Irish

  • Loyola's victory over Notre Dame marked the first time in six meetings that the Greyhounds have defeated the Fighting Irish.
  • In the past three seasons, the Greyhounds had lost to Notre Dame by margins of three (twice) and one.


Stepping Up Scoring

  • Over Loyola's last three games, Abby Rehfuss has more than doubled her goal output for the 2011 season. She scored six against Denver, four at Cincinnati and three versus Notre Dame.
  • After scoring 11 goals in the Greyhounds' first seven games, her 13 goals in the last three have raised her season total to 24.
  • Against Notre Dame, her three goals moved her from 16th to 13th all-time at Loyola in career points (155) and from 19th to 17th in career goals (114). The senior midfielder tallied her 100th career goal on a free-position shot with 17:49 left in the UMBC game, making her the 21st player in program history to score 100 or more goals.


Off And Running

  • Loyola's 10-0 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 10-game winning streak is also the longest since the 2003 team won 14 in a row.
  • It is the 12th time in program history that the Greyhounds have won 10 or more in a row.


Not To Be Forgotten

  • Loyola's offense has been putting up big numbers this season, but its defense has been just as highly ranked nationally. The Greyhounds are allowing a BIG EAST best 7.6 goals per game, the fifth-best mark in NCAA Division I.
  • Kerry Stoothoff is second in the conference (amongst goalkeepers who qualify for the national statistics) and eighth nationally with a 7.63 goals against average, and Kellye Gallagher is 11th in Division I in both caused turnovers and ground balls per game.
  • Opponents are converting on just 37.3-percent of their shots against the Greyhounds defense, second only in the BIG EAST to Rutgers (36.5%).


Pair Of Sixes

  • Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss each scored six goals on March 27 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.


Amazing Grace

  • Grace Gavin has been the Greyhounds' leading goal and point scorer in eight of 10 games this year, and she has led the team in assists on six occasions. Through 10 contests in 2011, the senior has scored 39 goals and has 13 assists for 52 points.
  • Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 51 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, a stretch of 57 games. She has scored a point in 62-of-63 career games.


Last Time Out

  • Notre Dame tied the game at 6-6 with back-to-back goals to start the second half on Sunday, but Loyola scored four of the next five to go ahead 10-7 when Caroline Hager scored with 16:29 to play. Notre Dame would draw no closer than two from that point forward.
  • The Greyhounds opened their 2011 BIG EAST slate with a 17-3 victory at Cincinnati on Friday. Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss each scored four, and Taryn VanThof and Kelly Quinlan both added a pair.


Hard Road to Travel

  • The Greyhounds' 2011 schedule includes five opponents in the April 4 edition of the IWLCA Top 20. Loyola has already defeated No. 11 Virginia (15-8), No. 9 James Madison (11-7) and No. 15 Penn State (10-7).
  • Other opponents appearing on the Greyhounds' schedule in the top 20 include: No. 13 Syracuse (April 29) and No. 17 Georgetown (April 19).


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.


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

  • Loyola continues BIG EAST action on Wednesday, April 19, when it hosts Georgetown at 7 o'clock at Ridley Athletic Complex.