May 1, 2009
Game No. 17
Loyola Greyhounds (10-6) vs. Denver Pioneers (10-7)
Saturday, May 2, 2009 12 p.m.
Baltimore, Maryland Diane Geppi-Aikens Field
- Loyola wraps up regular-season play on Saturday, May 2, when it hosts Denver at 12 p.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in non-conference action.
Senior Send Off
- Eight Greyhounds will don their home uniforms for the final time on Saturday. Jessica Aikens, Paige Hoffen, Megan Joines, Maura Kenny, Colleen O'Keefe, Mary Clare and Meg Taylor and Elizabeth Weber will be honored before the game.
- Loyola and the Pioneers will meet for the first time on Saturday. The Greyhounds 2009 regular-season schedule was bookended by first-time opponents, as they played Stony Brook in the February 18 opener.
- Members of both coaching staffs have connections to the opposing team on Saturday. Loyola Head Coach Jen Adams was an assistant at Denver from 2004-2006. Denver Assistant Coaches Rachel Shuck and Tara Singleton both are Loyola alumnae. Shuck, who graduated in 2005, is the school's all-time assists leader (120), and Singleton, a 2004 grad, is second all-time in caused turnovers (90).
- Current Loyola Student Assistant Coaches Kate Filippelli and Kristen Stone both started for the Greyhounds as freshmen when Shuck was a senior.
Last Time Out
- Loyola took an early lead at Princeton on Wednesday night, but the Tigers went on a 5-1 run over the first half's final 18 minutes to lead 7-3 at the break. The seventh-ranked Tigers went on to a 13-7 victory.
- Grace Gavin scored four goals and Colleen O'Keefe added two. Both players also had an assist for Loyola. Cara Filippelli added a goal, and Abby Rehfuss had an assist.
BIG EAST Honors Five Greyhounds
- Cara Filippelli and Grace Gavin each earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors, leading the list of five Loyola players who were named to the conference teams. Colleen O'Keefe, Abby Rehfuss and Meg Steffe all earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades.
- The five All-BIG EAST members were the most Loyola has placed on the teams since joining the conference four years ago.
- It was also the second-highest total by a team in the conference this season, trailing only Georgetown.
On Pace For Second Best
- Through 15 games this season, the Loyola offense is on pace to post the No. 2 goals per game total in school history. The Greyhounds are averaging 13.50 goals per game this year, almost a full goal more than the 12.74 the 1994 squad put up to land in third place. The 1985 Loyola team scored an average of 14.47 goals per game, most in school history.
Doing One Better
- Loyola's ability to distribute the ball this season has the offense going for another school record. The Greyhounds are averaging 19.75 points per game (goals + assists), which would be a school record. The 1985 `Hounds averaged 18.47 points per game.
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 4-4 against ranked foes this season.
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 in Loyola's recorded single-game history.
Stepping Up In Conference Play
- Cara Filippelli has been solid all season, but her numbers were accentuated during Loyola's seven BIG EAST games. She has scored seven of her 13 goals in conference action, and half of her caused turnovers (17-of-34) and ground balls (20-of-40) are during that time frame.
- Filippelli leads the league in caused turnovers (2.43) and second in ground balls per game (2.86) 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 79 goals to Stoothoff's 63, while Steffe has made 86 saves and Stoothoff 61.
- Along with Courtney Burhans, they have the best overall saves percentage in the BIG EAST this season at .503.
- In BIG EAST play, they have an even better percentage, .534. After saving 16 of 27 shots on goal (.593) against Georgetown, Steffe has a conference-leading mark of .547 in 240-plus minutes of BIG EAST action.
Taking Care Of The Ball = Taking Care Of Business
- Loyola is 6-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents. The Greyhounds are 3-6 when turning the ball over more than their opponents, 1-0 when finishing with the same total of miscues.
- Through 15 games this season, nine Loyola players have scored 10 or more goals. As of April 30, no other BIG EAST Conference team has more than seven players who have scored in double digits.
- The Greyhounds also have four players with 14 or more assists and four more with five-plus. All told, 10 Loyola players have recorded 10 or more points.
- 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 (52 in 2009, 38 in 2008), assists (17/14), total points (69/52), ground balls (30/12) and caused turnovers (21/11) through 16 games this year.
- Fellow sophomore Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss are also having outstanding second campaigns. Rehfuss has scored 30 goals and has 15 assists, while Filippelli is at 14 and five. Rehfuss leads the Greyhounds with 43 draw controls, and Filippelli tops Loyola in ground balls (43) and caused turnovers (35).
- Goalkeeper Meg Steffe has improved her save percentage to .520 from .436 a year ago, and Mary Heneberry has exceeded her 12 goals with 18.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.