Women's Lacrosse Hosts Maryland In Regular Season Finale

April 28, 2008

Up Next: Loyola closes the book on the 2008 season when it hosts Maryland at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2008, on Diane Geppi-Aikens FIeld. The Greyhounds will honor their six seniors - Courtney Arnold, Alicyn Brunnett, Kate Filippelli, Katie McHugh, Kristen Stone and Bridget Zingler - prior to the game. The game is part of a doubleheader, as the Loyola men's lacrosse team hosts Johns Hopkins at 1 p.m.

Series History: The Greyhounds and Terrapins will meet for the 31st time in series history on Saturday. Maryland has won 27 of the previous meetings with the last Loyola victory coming 9-8 during the 2003 season.

All-BIG EAST: Kristen Stone earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for the second-straight season, the conference announced last Thursday at an awards banquet. Kate Filippelli earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors for the second time in her career (2006), and Grace Gavin earned All-BIG EAST Second Team laurels, as well. The three players on the All-BIG EAST teams match the most Loyola has placed on the teams, after having three in 2006.

Rehfuss Racks Up Goals: Freshman Abby Rehfuss earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mention on April 21 after scoring five goals in two Loyola's last two games. She scored four of the Greyhounds' six goals at No. 18 Cornell. She also scored once against No. 4 Syracuse on April 19.

Caused Turnover Tandem: Kristen Stone and Kate Filippelli each finished the Syracuse game with three caused turnovers, while Filippelli had two and Stone recorded one at Cornell. The senior duo is 1-2 on the team in the category this season. Stone has caused 26 turnovers, while Filippelli has recorded 15.

Ten Across The Board: Three Loyola players have recorded 10 or more goals, assists, points, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers this season. Grace Gavin (37g, 13a, 50p, 11gb, 41dc, 11ct), Abby Rehfuss (34g, 15a, 49p, 18gb, 27dc, 15ct) and Kate Filippelli (21g, 12a, 33p, 32gb, 38dc, 18ct) all accomplished the feat.

Almost There: Cara Filippelli (18gb, 12dc, 12ct) and Meg Taylor (24gb, 10dc, 13ct) reached 10 or more in three of the categories.

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.

First Time For Everything: With its 21-goal effort at Louisville on April 6, 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.

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 94 of Loyola's 193 goals (48-percent), 37-of-76 assists (49-percent) and 91-of-202 draw controls (45-percent). Grace Gavin (37g, 13a, 50p) and Abby Rehfuss (34g, 15a, 49p) are first and second on the team in scoring, while Mary Heneberry (12g, 6a, 18p) and Cara Filippelli (9g, 2a, 11p) are sixth and tenth, respectively. Their classmate, Meg Steffe, has started all 15 games in goal for the Greyhounds and has 142 saves in 845 minutes of action.

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 Garners Defensive Award: 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.

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 on March 17. Rehfuss was also named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on April 21 after scoring five goals against Cornell and Syracuse.

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.