Filippelli Earns BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Award

April 14, 2008

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Loyola senior midfielder Kate Filippelli was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week today, the conference office announced, following her performance in last week's game at Mount St. Mary's.

In addition to Filippelli's award, freshman midfielder Grace Gavin was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for the second week in a row and the fourth time this season.

Filippelli led the Greyhounds defense in a 12-7 non-conference victory over The Mount. She took primary marking responsibility of Katelyn Catanese, who entered the game as the leading goal scorer in NCAA Division I with 54.

Filippelli and the Loyola defense held Catanese to just one goal in the game, her lowest output in over two years.

Her performance was not just held to the defensive end, as Filippelli scored two goals and added two assists in the victory. She scored the first and fourth goals of the game, helping the Greyhounds build a 4-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the contest.

She finished with four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls in the game, as well.

Over the course of the last three games, all Loyola (6-7) wins, Filippelli has averaged four points per game with six goals and six assists. She is third on the team with 19 goals and 30 total points and is tied for second on the squad with 11 assists. Filippelli is also second on the team with 24 ground balls, 34 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers.

She is the first Loyola player to win BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors since Kristin McKay earned the mention on April 17, 2006.

Gavin, who has been on the honor roll for three of the last four weeks, scored a game-high six points against The Mount. She tallied four second-half goals, all of the Greyhounds scoring after the break, and added two assists.

Gavin also picked up a ground ball and won two draw controls.

In Loyola's last three games, she has averaged six points per game with 13 goals and five assists. Gavin leads the Greyhounds this season with 34 goals, 45 total points and 36 draw controls. She is tied for second with 11 assists.

Loyola continues non-conference action on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, with a 4 p.m. road game at Cornell. The Greyhounds return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for the first of two remaining home contests on Saturday, April 19, against Syracuse at 1 p.m.