April 15, 2008
Up Next: Loyola plays its final road game of the 2008 season on Wednesday, April 19, 2008, in Ithaca, N.Y. at 4 p.m. against Cornell. The Greyhounds then return to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for the first of two remaining home games on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. versus Syracuse.
Series History: The Greyhounds and Big Red will play for the second time on Wednesday. Cornell won the first meeting, last season, 13-10, at Loyola. Syracuse and Loyola have met on five previous occasions, with the Greyhounds winning three times. The Orange, however, defeated Loyola in Syracuse last season.
BIG EAST Honor: Kate Filippelli was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring two goals and assisting on two others at Mount St. Mary's. Filippelli helped the Greyhounds hold The Mount to just seven goals, and she finished with four ground balls and two draw controls.
Hold The Leader: In addition to Filippelli's offense, she led the Greyhounds effort in thwarting the nation's leading goal scorer. Katelyn Catanese, who had 54 goals entering the game, was held to just one goal in the game.
Graceful Second Half: As Loyola's defense kept The Mount to just two goals after halftime, Grace Gavin provided all of the offense the Greyhounds needed. She scored four second-half goals, all of the tallies Loyola had after the break. Combined with two assists in the first half, she had six points.
Back To Form: After allowing nine goals in the second half against Louisville, goalkeeper Meg Steffe made 12 saves and allowed just seven total goals at Mount St. Mary's. She also caused a turnover and had two ground balls.
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. Including the game at the Mount, the Greyhounds average 19.92 per game. Led by Kristen Stone's 32, nine Loyola players have 15 or more total this season.
Seven Up: Grace Gavin scored seven times against Louisville, most by a Loyola player since Kate McHarg tallied 11 against Rutgers in 2006. Against Cincinnati, 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.
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 with seven players to score 10 or more goals, and the Orange match the Greyhounds with 10 players scoring 10 points.
Fab Freshmen: Loyola's nine-player Class of 2011 has made a huge impact through nine games this season. The group has combined for 86 of Loyola's 179 goals (48-percent), 34-of-71 assists (48-percent) and 82-of-183 draw controls (45-percent). Abby Rehfuss (29g, 15a, 44p) and Grace Gavin (34g, 11a, 45p) are first and second on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (12g, 5a, 17p) and Cara Filippelli (9g, 2a, 11p) are sixth and tenth, respectively. Their classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all 13 games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 119 saves in over 729 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 30 points (19g, 11a), while Alicyn Brunnett (17g, 3a, 20p) and Elizabeth Weber (12g, 1a, 13p) 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 has matched her 2005 total of 19 goals.
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.
Flip On The Draw: With 34 draw controls through the first 13 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.