Women's Lacrosse, Syracuse Meet In BIG EAST Semis

May 3, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Syracuse Orange
Date Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time 5 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C.| Georgetown University | Multi-Sports Field
Television CBS Sports Network
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland will head to Washington, D.C., on Thursday to compete in the BIG EAST Conference Championships for the second year in a row.
  • The Greyhounds face Syracuse for the second time in seven days when the teams take the field at 5:30 p.m. on May 5 in the first semifinals of the evening. Georgetown and Notre Dame will play in the second semifinal at approximately 8:15 p.m., and the winners of the two games will meet Saturday, May 7, in the Championship Game at 1 p.m.
  • Georgetown and Syracuse shared the regular-season crown with 7-1 records, but the Hoyas earned the tournament's No. 1 seed by virtue of a head-to-head victory. Loyola will be the No. 3 seed, and Notre Dame is the No. 4 entry.

On The Tube

  • All three  BIG EAST Championships games will be televised on CBS Sports Network. It will be the Greyhounds' first appearance on television this season. Jason Knapp will provide the play-by-play, and Sheehan Burch will handle the analysis.

BIG EAST Championships History

  • Loyola is making its second appearance in the BIG EAST Championships. The Greyhounds, who joined the BIG EAST in 2006, earned the No. 4 seed to last year's tournament and lost, 11-9, in the semifinals to Georgetown.

In The Polls

  • Loyola checks in at the No. 9 spot in the IWLCA coaches poll released on Monday and eighth in the deBeers/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.
  • Syracuse is ranked 15 in both the coaches and media polls.

Series History

  • Syracuse and Loyola will meet for the 10th time on Thursday night and the second time in seven days.
  • The Orange hold a 6-3 advantage in the all-time series and have won the last five meetings, dating back to a Loyola double-overtime win in 2006.
  • Syracuse defeated the Greyhounds, 10-9, on Friday, April 29, at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Sarah Holden gave Syracuse a 10-5 lead with 8:17 to go, but Loyola scored the last four goals of the game to cut it to one with 25 ticks left on the clock. The Orange, however, were able to run out the clock for the win.
  • Grace Gavin led Loyola with three points on two goals and an assist, while Caroline Hager and Taryn VanThof each scored twice, on Friday night.

Against The Field

  • Loyola went 1-2 against the BIG EAST Championships field this year. It's only two losses of the season came 15-13 to Georgetown and 10-9 against Syracuse. The Greyhounds defeated Notre Dame, 13-10, in South Bend on April 3.

Conference Tournament Numbers

  • As a program, Loyola is no strange to success in conference tournaments. The Greyhounds won six Colonial Athletic Association Tournaments (1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002) as a member of that league, and they took home the crown in the pre-cursor to the CAA in women's lacrosse, the South-Atlantic Lacrosse Conference, twice (1987, 1990).

Gavin Sets Points Record

  • Grace Gavin set the Loyola career record for points scored on Sunday in the Greyhounds' 17-10 victory over Connecticut.
  • She entered the game needing four points to break the record, and she made quick work of it, scoring three goals and assisting on another in the first 10 minutes. Gavin tied the record with an unassisted goal at 22:59, and she then broke the mark with an assist on a Taryn VanThof goal at 20:00.
  • Gavin now has 293 points on 217 goals and 76 assists. She eclipsed the mark of 288 set by Stacey Morlang from 1999-2002.

Goals Record Next?

  • Loyola's career goals scored record could be on the horizon for Grace Gavin. Entering the BIG EAST Championships, she has 217 goals, good for third all-time at the school.
  • Stacey Morlang scored 221 from 1999-2002, and Janet Eisenhut tallied 223 from 1980-1983.

Causing Turnovers With The Best Again

  • Loyola leads NCAA Division I with 12.31 caused turnovers per game, and Kellye Gallagher is sixth nationally with 2.12 per contest.
  • The Greyhounds finished each of the last two seasons tops in Division I in the statistical category. They caused 13.06 per game in 2010 and 13.47 in 2009 the 2010 season tops in all of Division I with 13.06 caused turnovers.
  • In Jen Adams' three seasons as Loyola's head coach, Loyola has caused 661 turnovers in 51 games, an average of 12.96 per contest.

Top Scoring Duo

  • Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss have become the top scoring classmate pair in terms of points at Loyola. Together, they have scored 460 points (337 goals, 123 assists), surpassing the 399 put up by Andi Holthaus (246) and Kathy Barden (153) from 1984-1987.

Decker On Draw Controls

  • Meg Decker registered six draw controls against Connecticut on Sunday, giving her 59 this season. Last Friday, she had two against Syracuse to move past Stacey Morlang and into sole possession of third place on Loyola's single season chart.
  • Michelle Meyer and Rita Ciletti hold the single season record with 76 in 1994 and 1984, respectively.
  • Decker's 59 are the most since the NCAA changed the statistical means for counting draw controls in 2001. Earlier this season, she had 10 draws against Denver, also the most by a Greyhound since 2001. No Loyola player had recorded more than eight during that span' Kate McHarg had eight on two occasions.

About The Orange

  • Syracuse brings an 10-7 overall record to Ridley Athletic Complex, but the Orange have won its last five and seven of its most recent eight games. Syracuse's lone stumble during that stretch was a 12-8 loss at Georgetown that ended up the deciding factor in the seeding for the BIG EAST Championships.
  • Tee Ladouceur leads the team with 34 goals, while Katie Webster has scored 31. Michelle Tumolo tops the Orange with 60 total points on 27 goals and a team-best 33 assists. Tumolo had three goals and two assists against Loyola in the regular-season meeting.
  • On the defensive end, Liz Hogan has played more than 880 minutes in goal and has a 9.67 goals against average. She has made 136 saves on 48.96-percent of shots on goal she's face.

Superb Seniors

  • A group of 10 seniors played their regular-season home game on Sunday against Connecticut. 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 16 games in 2011, they have led Loyola to a 14-2 mark. Overall, they have won 42 games as Greyhounds.
  • The group has combined for some gaudy statistics: 567 goals, 220 assists, 787 total points, 514 ground balls, 554 draw controls, 321 caused turnovers and 259 goalie saves.

Winning Big

  • Loyola's 17-10 victory over Connecticut improved its record to 10-0 this season when scoring 14 or more goals. The Greyhounds are also 10-0 in games decided by four or more goals.
  • However, the Greyhounds are just 1-1 in one-goal games, and 4-2 in games decided by three or less.

50 For Three

  • Gavin's five goals against the Rutgers pushed 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. With her next goal, she will join Eisenhut and Morlang as the only players to tally 60-plus goals in three seasons.
  • Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 57 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 63 games. She has scored a point in 68-of-69 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 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 in that game. She now has 339 saves and with three more, Stoothoff will jump past Cindy Nicolaus (2003-2006) and into sixth place.

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.

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.
  • After scoring twice against Connecticut, to go with a season-high two assists, she is second on the team with 31 goals this season. Her 31 goals are the most by a Loyola freshman since Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss scored 38 and 35, respectively, as freshmen in 2008.

Taryn Becomes A Threat

  • Taryn VanThof has become a consistent offensive producer for the Greyhounds in the latter part of 2011. Since scoring a season-high three goals at UMBC on March 23, VanThof has scored in 9-of-10 games.
  • Scoring just one goal prior to the UMBC contest, VanThof has scored 15 goals in Loyola's last 11 games, fifth most on the team during that stretch.

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.

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.
  • The senior midfielder tallied her 100th career goal against UMBC, 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 8.44 goals per game. Kerry Stoothoff is tops in the conference and ninth nationally with a 8.52 goals against average.

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.

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.