16th-Ranked Women's Lacrosse Takes On Louisville Saturday

April 16, 2009

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Game No. 15
#16 Loyola Greyhounds (10-4, 3-3) vs. Louisville Cardinals (8-5, 2-4)
Saturday, April 18, 2009 • 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland • Diane Geppi-Aikens Field

Game Data

  • The Greyhounds wrap up BIG EAST conference regular-season play on Saturday, April 18, when they host Louisville on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The game starts at 12 p.m. and precedes the Loyola-Fairfield men's lacrosse game at 3 p.m.

Series History

  • Loyola and Louisville will meet for the second time on Saturday, following the Greyhounds' narrow 21-18 victory on April 6, 2008.

Last Time Out

  • The Greyhounds recorded their first win over a Top-10 opponent in five years on Wednesday when they topped No. 6 Georgetown, 13-11. The Hoyas took a 4-3 lead at halftime, but Loyola scored the first four goals of the second half. Georgetown tied the score at 7, but the Greyhounds scored six of the next eight to go up, 13-9.

Toppling A Top 10

  • Loyola's win over Georgetown marked the first time since April 9, 2004, that the Greyhounds had beaten a team ranked in the nation's Top 10. On that date, the Greyhounds beat No. 4 Duke, 10-8.
  • With the win, they are now 4-3 against ranked foes this season.

Leading Where It Counts

  • While Georgetown led Loyola in many categories - shots (40/23), draw controls (18-8) and opponent turnovers (21-13) - Loyola led in three important categories (including, of course, final score). The Greyhounds had 16 saves to Georgetown's two, and a better shooting percentage (goals divided by shots), .565 to .275.

Steffe Stops Eighteen

  • Loyola goalkeeper Meg Steffe made a career-high 18 saves against the Hoyas, making 10 in the first half. She exceeded the 16 she had last season in a loss to Syracuse. The 18 saves are tied for eighth most in Loyola's recorded single-game history.

Clearing The Problem

  • Georgetown forced six Loyola turnovers on clearing attempts in Wednesday's first half, while the Hoyas were successful on all seven of their attempts.
  • The Greyhounds corrected that issue at halftime, and they made good on all 10 of their clearing attempts in the second half and caused four Georgetown turnovers on 10 clears.

Filippelli Nets Third BIG EAST Award

  • Cara Filippelli received her third BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Award on Monday after scoring twice and causing four turnovers at Cincinnati. She also had four ground balls.
  • Filippelli leads the BIG EAST with 2.23 caused turnovers per game (29 total) this season. She is also fourth in the conference with 2.69 ground balls per game (35 total) from her position in the defensive midfield.
  • No other BIG EAST player has won the Defensive Player of the Week Award more than once this season, and only Syracuse's Katie Rowan (three) has multiple Offensive Awards in 2009.

Rehfuss Ramps Up Production

  • After scored five goals and totaling seven points during a stretch of four games from March 21-29, Abby Rehfuss has regained her earlier stats.
  • She is averaging four points and 2.8 goals per game over the last four. Loyola is 3-1 during that stretch.

Stepping Up In Conference Play

  • Cara Filippelli has been solid all season, but her numbers are accentuated during Loyola's six BIG EAST games. She has scored seven of her 13 goals in conference action, and almost half of her caused turnovers (15-of-32) and ground balls (18-of-38) are during that time frame.
  • Filippelli leads the league in caused turnovers (2.5) and is tied for first in ground balls per game (3.0) in conference games.
  • Overall, she leads the conference in caused turnovers (2.29) and is third in ground balls per game (2.71).

Goalies Combine For Good Numbers

  • Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff have split time in goal for Loyola relatively evenly this season. In 93 more minutes, Steffe has allowed 71 goals to Stoothoff's 58, while Steffe has made 78 saves and Stoothoff 56.
  • Along with Courtney Burhans, they have the best overall saves percentage in the BIG EAST this season at .504.
  • In BIG EAST play, they have an even better percentage, .541. After saving 16 of 27 shots on goal (.593) against Georgetown, Steffe has a conference-leading mark of .541 in 210-plus minutes of BIG EAST action.

Taking Care Of The Ball = Taking Care Of Business

  • Loyola is now 6-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents. The Greyhounds are 3-4 when turning the ball over more than their opponents, 1-0 when finishing with the same total of miscues.

Heneberry, Rehfuss Rack Up Four

  • Mary Heneberry and Abby Rehfuss each tallied four goals on Saturday, their highs for the season. Rehfuss also assisted on two goals, while Heneberry scored on each of her four shots.
  • Rehfuss had scored three goals in five different games, and including the April 5 contest against Syracuse has seven goals in Loyola's last two.
  • Heneberry logged her previous season-high of three goals at Notre Dame and has now scored multiple times in five games.

Balance Abound

  • Through 13 games this season, nine Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals. As of April 7, no other BIG EAST Conference team has more than seven players who have scored in double digits.
  • The Greyhounds also have four players with 13 or more assists and three more with five-plus. All told, 10 Loyola players have recorded 10 or more points.

100-Point Mark

  • Gavin's free-position goal with just over two minutes remaining at Notre Dame gave her an even 100 points for her career while playing just 26 games.
  • In Loyola's 36-plus years of women's lacrosse, only one player has reached 100 points in quicker fashion. Janet Eisenhut, who is the school's all-time leading goal-scorer (223), recorded her 100th career point in her 20th collegiate game on April 19, 1981. Eisenhut held the Loyola points scored record with 284 until Stacey Morlang broke it with 288 in 2002.
  • Through 26 career games, Eisenhut recorded 134 total points, and Morlang had 78.
  • In the Cincinnati game, Maura Kenny scored three goals, reaching an even 100 total points in her career.

No Sophomore Slump

  • After a fantastic freshman season that earned her All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, Grace Gavin is following with a standout sophomore year. She has eclipsed her 2008 totals in goals (44 in 2009, 38 in 2008), assists (16/14), total points (60/52), ground balls (27/12) and caused turnovers (19/11) through 13 games this year.
  • Fellow sophomore Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss are also having outstanding second campaigns. Rehfuss has scored 30 goals and has 13 assists, while Filippelli is at 13 and five. Rehfuss leads the Greyhounds with 34 draw controls, and Filippelli tops Loyola in ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (32).
  • Goalkeeper Meg Steffe has improved her save percentage to .523 from .436 a year ago, and Mary Heneberry has exceeded her 12 goals with 18.

Defensive Stand

  • The two goals Loyola allowed against Connecticut are tied for second-fewest in a BIG EAST Conference game. Notre Dame held Rutgers to just a pair, as well, in 2002.

Class Production

  • Loyola's sophomore class leads the Greyhounds (percentage-wise) in every statistical category on the board. The second year crew has scored 55-percent of the team's goals. It also leads in assists (46%), ground balls (49%) and caused turnovers (55%). The seniors are in second in almost every category, scoring 32-percent of the goals and recording 35-percent of the assists. The juniors are in second with 17-percent of the team's caused turnovers.

Off To The Races

  • Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Loyola's game against then-No. 14 Cornell, staking Loyola to a 3-0 lead. She scored another during the first half and three during the second, matching her career-high of seven goals.

Goal Distribution

  • Through eight games this season, Loyola has been highly effective in spreading out its offense. The Greyhounds have seen 12 and 11 different players score goals in games and nine in another.
  • After an informal poll, no other NCAA Division I team has had 12 or more players score in a game this year.

Adams Era Underway

  • A new era of Loyola women's lacrosse began this season when Jen Adams took the field for her first regular-season game as head coach.
  • Adams was named the seventh head coach in Loyola women's lacrosse history on June 6, 2008, after spending the last two seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, the University of Maryland.
  • A 2001 graduate of College Park, Adams is widely considered the top women's lacrosse player of all-time. She helped the Terrapins win the NCAA title each of the four seasons she was on the field and her marks of 267 goals, 178 assists and 445 total points still stand as school records. Her goal total is still tops in all of NCAA Division I history.

World Renowned

  • All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.
  • Adams will play for Australia, while assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.