April 23, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A pair of Loyola women's lacrosse sophomore midfielders, Cara Filippelli and Grace Gavin, were named to the All-BIG EAST Conference First Team and three others earned Second team accolades tonight at the league's annual awards banquet.
"It's a great accomplish for five of our players to earn these awards in a conference the caliber of the BIG EAST," Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams said. "We have had so many players contribute all over the field this season, and I think that is shown that we had players represented on the attack, midfield and in goal."
The First Team honor is the first of each player's career. Gavin was tabbed to the All-BIG EAST Second Team a year ago and was on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team to start this season.
Filippelli leads the conference in caused turnovers this season with 34, an average of 2.27 per game. She has also helped the Greyhounds lead all of NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game (13.07) this year. Filippelli is also second in the BIG EAST in ground balls per game (2.67). She was the only player in the conference this season to win a weekly award three times after being named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 16 and 23 and April 13.
In addition to her defensive numbers, Filippelli has been an important part of Loyola's attack. She has scored 13 goals and has five assists. She set a career-high of three goals in the Greyhounds' two closest wins this year, over then-No. 16 James Madison and then-No. 6 Georgetown.
Gavin leads the team in scoring this season with 48 goals and 64 total points. She is also tied for second on the Greyhounds with 16 assists. Gavin is tied for third in the BIG EAST in goals per game (3.2) and is fifth in points per game (4.27). She is ranked in the top 20 nationally in both categories, as well.
Like Filippelli, Gavin has contributed all over the field, too. She is second on the team in draw controls (31), tied for second in caused turnovers (21) and third in ground balls (29). Earlier this season, she became the second-fastest to 100 career points in Loyola history, reaching the century mark in her 26th game. She now has 116 points (86 goals, 30 assists) and will soon crack Loyola's all-time top 25.
Rehfuss, also a sophomore, earned her first All-BIG EAST honor after being named to the IWLCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team last season. She is second on the team in scoring this year with 30 goals and 44 points. She tops the Greyhounds, and is tied for second in the BIG EAST in draw controls (42).
O'Keefe picked up All-BIG EAST honors in her senior season. She leads the Greyhounds in assists (18) and is fifth in the conference in assists per game (1.2). O'Keefe has also scored 18 goals this year, and her 0.95 career assists per game rank 10th all-time at Loyola.
Steffe led all BIG EAST goalkeepers in save percentage this season, stopping 52.1-percent of shots on goal. In conference play she was even better, saving 54.7-percent of the shots she faced. Steffe set a career-high with 18 saves in Loyola's 13-11 win over then-No. 6 Georgetown last week.
Filippelli and Gavin are the fifth and sixth Loyola women's lacrosse players to earn All-BIG EAST First Team honors in the Greyhounds' four-year history in the conference. The trio of Second Team honorees bring Loyola's all-time total to eight.