Senior Day Highlights Weekend For Women's Lacrosse

April 27, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Syracuse Orange
Date Friday, April 29, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Information
Opponent Connecticut Huskies
Date Sunday, May 1, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland hosts its final two regular-season home games of 2011 this weekend when Syracuse and Connecticut come to Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Syracuse visits under the lights on Friday night at 7 o’clock, and the Greyhounds will host the Huskies at 1 o’clock on Sunday afternoon.

Alumni Event

  • All Loyola women’s lacrosse alumnae are invited to attend a special reception during Friday night’s game against Syracuse. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Mark Harris at

Senior Sunday

In The Polls

  • Loyola checks in at the No. 7 spot in the IWLCA coaches poll released on Monday and fifth in the deBeers/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.
  • Syracuse is ranked 18th in the coaches poll and unranked in the media version.

Series History

  • Syracuse and Loyola will meet for the ninth time on Friday night with the Orange holding a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series. Syracuse has won the last four meetings, but last year, it needed to rally from two goals down with 12:36 to play for the win.
  • Grace Gavin scored four goals and had an assist for Loyola in that game, while Emily Gibson had two goals and an assist. Michelle Tumolo and Tegan Brown each scored three times, while Christina Dove had two goals and four assists for the Orange.
  • The Greyhounds and Connecticut have played each of the last five seasons as members of the BIG EAST. Loyola has won four of the five games and each of the last three.
  • Loyola took control of last year’s game with a 6-0 run that lasted most of the first half’s final 20 minutes. Gavin scored three of her game-high seven goals during the stretch as four of the Greyhounds’ six goals came on free-position shots. Mary Heneberry and Helen McCutcheon added two goals each in the game.

About The Orange

  • Syracuse brings an 8-7 overall record to Ridley Athletic Complex, but the Orange are 5-1 and tied with Loyola and Georgetown for first in the BIG EAST Conference. Syracuse has won five of its last six games with its lone stumble coming 12-8 at Georgetown on April 16.
  • Tee Ladouceur and Katie Webster are tied for team-high honors with 29 goals each. Michelle Tumolo tops the Orange with 51 total points on 22 goals and a team-best 29 assists. Tumolo entered this week 14th in NCAA Division I with a 2.0 assists per game mark.
  • On the defensive end, Liz Hogan has played more than 780 minutes in goal and has a 10.13 goals against average. She has made 120 saves on 47.6-percent of shots on goal she’s face.

Huskies’ Highlights

  • Connecticut improved to 8-6 overall and 2-4 in the conference with a pair of wins last weekend against Cincinnati and Louisville. The Huskies also play at Villanova on Friday night before taking on the Greyhounds.
  • M.E. Lapham earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after scoring five goals against both Cincinnati and Louisville. She leads the Huskies with 50 goals and 57 points this season, while Lauren Kahn is second on the team with 33 goals and a team-best 12 assists for 45 points.
  • Brittney Testa earned a spot on the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday after combining for 19 saves in the victories. She has played in more than 800 minutes and has an 11.68 goals against average.

Superb Seniors

  • A group of 10 seniors who will play their final regular-season home games this weekend have made outstanding contributions to the Loyola women’s lacrosse program.
  • The group entered school a year after Loyola finished 2-14 in 2007 and quickly helped the program move to 6-10 in 2008. The Greyhounds then went 11-6 in 2009 and 11-7 last season. Through 14 games in 2011, they have led Loyola to a 13-1 mark. Overall, they have won 41 games as Greyhounds.
  • The group has combined for some gaudy statistics: 547 goals, 213 assists, 760 total points, 497 ground balls, 537 draw controls, 308 caused turnovers and 255 goalie saves.

Closing In On The Top Spots

  • Grace Gavin continued to close in on a couple of all-time Loyola records with a five-goal, one-assist performance last Saturday at Rutgers.
  • She now has 281 points and is seven shy of tying Stacey Morlang (1999-2002) for first-place in points scored.
  • With 210 goals in her career, Gavin needs just 13 more to match Janet Eisenhut’s school record of 223 from 1980-1983.

50 For Three

  • Gavin’s five goals against the Scarlet Knights lifted her 2011 total to 52, pushing her past the 50-goal plateau for the third year in a row.
  • She is one of only three Loyola players, joining Eisenhut and Morlang, to score 50 or more in three-straight seasons.
  • Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 55 games, dating back to March 30, 2008, at Penn State. She has one or more point in each contest since the only time she was shutout in her collegiate career, February 26, 2008, at UMBC, a stretch of 61 games. She has scored a point in 66-of-67 career games.

Season-High For Stoothoff

  • Loyola goalie Kerry Stoothoff made a season-high 14 saves against just six goals in the Greyhounds’ 156 victory last Saturday at Rutgers. She also had a career-best six ground balls against the Scarlet Knights.
  • She also moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in career saves on Saturday. With 98 this year, Stoothoff now has 328 in her Loyola career.

Tewaaraton Nominations For Greyhound Pair

  • Last week, Grace Gavin and Kerry Stoothoff were named nominees for the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Tewaaraton Award, the honor given to the top player in collegiate lacrosse.
  • The duo were the only BIG EAST players on the 25-woman list.

Taryn Tallies Two Twice

  • Taryn VanThof has become a consistent scoring threat for Loyola as her freshman season has progressed. Beginning with her three-goal performance at UMBC on March 23, VanThof has scored 13 goals in eight games and has recorded two or more in four of those contests.
  • Last week, VanThof scored twice and had an assist in the second half against Georgetown, and she added a pair of goals at Rutgers. Through 14 games she is sixth on the team with 13 goals. She also has 15 draw controls, fourth-best on the squad.

Heneberry Heats Up

  • Mary Heneberry entered Loyola’s game against Louisville with eight goals, and she nearly doubled that total against the Cardinals and at Villanova. The senior scored five times, one off her career-high, against Louisville and twice more versus the Wildcats.
  • Heneberry is now tied for fourth on the team with 19 goals. Her goals against Louisville came quickly in the first half as she scored four of the game’s first seven, and she later added her fifth to tie things at 10-10 after Louisville had taken its only lead of the contest.

Paton Piles On Goal

  • Freshman Marlee Paton scored four goals in back-to-back wins over Louisville and Villanova, matching her career-high set earlier this year against Virginia and at UMBC.
  • Paton has scored 28 goals in 14 games this year, the most by a Loyola freshman since Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss scored 38 and 35, respectively, in 2008.

Another Honors Sweep

  • Loyola players swept the weekly BIG EAST Conference honors for the second week in a row and third time this season on Monday. Kellye Gallagher was named Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, and Grace Gavin earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this year.
  • Gallagher had nine ground balls – four at Cincinnati and five at Notre Dame – in a pair of Loyola wins last week. She also caused two turnovers at Cincinnati and had a pair of draw controls against the Fighting Irish.
  • Gavin was the offensive award winner for the second week in a row and fourth time during her career. She scored four goals in both Loyola wins and also had three assists at Notre Dame.
  • Loyola has now won nine BIG EAST weekly awards this season – five defensive and four offensive. The Greyhounds are the only BIG EAST team to sweep the awards through seven weeks of honors.

Stepping Up Scoring

  • Over a three-game stretch from March 27-April 3, Abby Rehfuss more than doubled her goal output for the 2011 season. She scored six against Denver, four at Cincinnati and three versus Notre Dame.
  • After scoring 11 goals in the Greyhounds’ first seven games, her 13 goals in those games and had one each against Louisville and Cincinnati to raise her season total to 26.
  • Rehfuss is now 13th all-time at Loyola with 161 career points, tied for 16th with 116 goals and tied for 13th in assists (45).
  • The senior midfielder tallied her 100th career goal on a free-position shot with 17:49 left in the UMBC game, making her the 21st player in program history to score 100 or more goals.

Off And Running

  • Loyola’s 12-0 start was its best since the 2003 Final Four team raced out to 14 straight victories en route to a 17-2 final record. That team ended the regular season ranked No. 1. The 12-game winning streak was also the longest since the 2003 team won 14 in a row.
  • It is the 12th time in program history that the Greyhounds have won 10 or more in a row.

Not To Be Forgotten

  • Loyola’s offense has been putting up big numbers this season, but its defense has been just as highly ranked nationally. The Greyhounds are allowing a BIG EAST best 8.83 goals per game.
  • Kerry Stoothoff is tops in the conference and ninth nationally with a 8.31 goals against average, and Kellye Gallagher is 14th in Division I in caused turnovers with 1.86 per game.

Pair Of Sixes

  • Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss each scored six goals on March 27 as the Greyhounds defeated Denver, 20-10. Gavin tallied four in the first half and two in the second, while Rehfuss scored all six of hers in the second 30 minutes.
  • Rehfuss’ six goals came in two quick flurries. She scored the first three goals of the second half in a stretch of 1-minute, 49-seconds, and she then tallied three in a row over 2:32 midway through the half.
  • The last time two Loyola players each scored six goals in a game was on April 23, 2005, when Sydney Greene and Kate McHarg accomplished the feat against Stanford. The Greyhounds’ assist leader in that game was Rachel Shuck with two. Shuck was on the Denver sidelines Sunday where she is an assistant coach for the Pioneers.

Drawing A 10

  • Meg Decker set a career-high with 10 draw controls in the Greyhounds’ victory over Denver, equalling the total the entire Pioneers’ team put up.
  • The senior leads the Greyhounds and is second in the BIG EAST with 35 draw controls, an average of 4.38 per game, this season.
  • Since NCAA rule for counting draw controls changed in 2001, no Loyola player hag recorded more than eight in a game. Former Loyola All-American Kate McHarg did that twice.

Party at Our Place

  • Loyola will host the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship at the Ridley Athletic Complex on May 2 and 4, 2013. The event will mark the first BIG EAST postseason event Loyola has hosted. In nine years, BIG EAST teams have made 23 appearances in the NCAA tournament and six teams have made it to the final four.
  • Three teams (Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown) have appeared in the tournament for three years straight.

Plotting the Course

  • Up next for the Greyhounds is the BIG EAST Championships, May 5-7, at Georgetown in Washington, D.C.