April 30, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. - For the first time since joining the conference in 2006, the Loyola women's lacrosse team has qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament which is to be hosted by Rutgers University, Thu.-Sat., May 6-8. The Greyhounds (11-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) will be the fourth seed, and will take on #12 Georgetown at 5:30 pm on May 6. All three games of the BIG EAST Tournament will be televised live on CBS College Sports.
"This is a huge step for our program to be going to the Big East Tournament," said head coach Jen Adams. "It was a goal we had set from the beginning of the year, and I am extremely proud of all that our team has achieved so far against one the toughest and most respected conferences in the nation. We look forward to the chance to continue our season and I am confident that our best lacrosse is going to be played on the Big East tournament stage," added the second-year head coach.
With #14 Notre Dame also advancing, the Greyhounds fell to all three of the higher-seeded teams in the BIG EAST Tournament, but held significant leads in each. Loyola lost the three games by a combined four goals.
Junior Grace Gavin (62g, 82pts) and Emily Gibson (32g, 46pts) lead a balanced offensive attack for the Greyhounds. Combined, the duo has scored 94 goals, the fifth-most of any duo in the country, and 128 points, the eight-best of any combination in the country.
Gavin is one of the nation's top scorers and has scored a goal in 40 straight games, the third-longest active streak in the country. Her 62 goals and 82 points give her 156 goals and 208 total points in her career, ranking sixth on Loyola's all-time list.
The native of Baltimore, Md., leads the country with 14 hat tricks this season and her total goals and points marks are second in the nation. Her 3.65 goals per game and 4.82 points per game rank fifth in the country.
Gibson also paces a defense that leads the country in forcing turnovers, causing 13.00 per game. The Jarrettsville, Md., native leads the team with 36 on the season and also paces the 13th ranked `Hounds with 43 ground balls. Sophomore Ana Heneberry is the team's top matchup defender and is second on the team with 38 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers.
Sophomore goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff has commanded the defense from between the pipes and ranks third in the conference with a 9.37 GAA and .493 save percentage.