April 8, 2008
Up Next: The Greyhounds travel to Emmitsburg, Md., for a 3:30 p.m. game on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, against Mount St. Mary's. The game will be Loyola's third in a six-day stretch, but the Greyhounds will enjoy a weekend off following the contest.
Series History: Although the campuses are just 55 miles apart, the trip out Maryland Route 140 will be a first for Loyola. The Greyhounds and Mountaineers have never met in a women's lacrosse game. It will be the third straight game (following Cincinnati and Louisville) that Loyola has faced an opponent for the first time.
First Meeting, But Not Strangers: Although it will be the first meeting between the schools, the head coaches are not strangers to one another. Loyola's Kerri O'Day and The Mount's Denise Wescott faced each other twice as head coaches (2004 and 2005) when Wescott was head coach at Delaware. Loyola came out on top both times.
First Time For Everything: With its 21-goal effort at Louisville on Sunday, Loyola's team etched its name into the school record books. It became the first team in school history to score 20 or more goals on four different occasions in one season.
20-By-2: By defeating Cincinnati, 20-6, and Louisville, 21-18, last weekend, Loyola scored 20 or more goals in back-to-back games for the first time since the 1994 season. The Greyhounds posted a 20-7 victory at George Mason on April 11, 1994, and a 20-2 win against American on April 13, 1994.
Scoring Machines: The 41 goals also are the most in back-to-back games since the 1986 squad defeated Bucknell, 30-7, and Towson State, 24-12, on April 7 and April 10. The 41 goals mark the fourth highest scoring total in consecutive games, following the 54 scored during the 1986 season and 42-goal efforts during 1980 and 1985.
Gaining In Grounders: Loyola took over the BIG EAST Conference lead in ground balls per game after its games against Cincinnati and Louisville. The Greyhounds average 19.67 per game and have picked up a conference-leading 236 ground balls this season. Led by Kristen Stone's 29, seven Loyola players have 15 or more total this season.
Gracing The Honor Roll: Freshman Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll for the third time this season on April 7, following her scoring binge against Cincinnati and Louisville. She scored seven times against the Cardinals, most by a Loyola player since Kate McHarg tallied 11 against Rutgers in 2006. Against the Bearcats, Gavin scored twice and assisted on three other goals.
Not To Be Outdone: Abby Rehfuss matched Gavin's goal total with nine scores of her own in the two games. She rattled the cage five times against Cincinnati and also scored on four occasions at Louisville. Rehfuss had an assist in each game and also controlled a career-high four draws against the Cardinals.
Burhans Comes Up Big: Courtney Burhans saw just over eight minutes of action in goal at Louisville, but they were big minutes. She made three saves, two on free-position shots, to help seal the win for Loyola.
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. She followed that performance with a goal against Cincinnati and her second career three-point game with an assist and two goals at Louisville.
Sharing The Scoring: Eight Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals and 10 players have 10 or more points this season. Those numbers top the BIG EAST in terms of balance, as Loyola has the most players to score 10 or more goals and have 10 or more points. Syracuse is right behind in each category with seven and nine, respectively.
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 20 caused turnovers and 29 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 80 of Loyola's 167 goals (48-percent), 26-of-62 assists (44-percent) and 79-of-175 draw controls (45-percent). Abby Rehfuss (29g, 11a, 40p) and Grace Gavin (30g, 9a, 39p) are first and second on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (11g, 4a, 15p) and Cara Filippelli (8g, 2a, 10p) are sixth and tenth, respectively. Their classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all 12 games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 107 saves in over 669 minutes of action.
Veteran Scoring: While Loyola's freshman class has put up great scoring numbers, the veteran crew has stepped up its production, too. Kate Filippelli moved into third on the team with 26 points (17g, 9a), while Alicyn Brunnett (15g, 3a, 18p) and Elizabeth Weber (11g, 1a, 12p) are fifth and seventh, respectively, in points. Brunnett's five goal effort against Cincinnati and Louisville pushed her season total to 15, setting a career-high. Filippelli has set a career-best in assists and points and is two goals away from her 2005 total of 19.
Free-Position Success: The Greyhounds converted 4-of-5 free-position shots against Cincinnati and 6-of-9 at Louisville, their two best performances in that category this season. They are making 44-percent of their free-position attempts, while they are holding opponents to a 40-percent success rate.
Record Setting: Loyola and Connecticut combined for 36 total goals on March 15, 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.
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.
Flip On The Draw: With 32 draw controls through the first 12 games, Kate Filippelli has exceeded her previous best for a season. She controlled 21 during the 2006 season. Her 2.67 draw controls per game is second on the team and tied for fourth in the BIG EAST Conference.
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. She also earned the recognition on March 24. Kristen Stone has been tabbed to the honor roll three times this season - March 3, 17 and 24. Kate Filippelli earned mention on March 31 after scoring two goals, controlling four draws and picking up three ground balls at Penn State. Abby Rehfuss was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and National Rookie of the Week by WomensLax.com on March 17.
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.