May 4, 2011
ARLINGTON, Va. - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse player Grace Gavin won her second-straight BIG EAST Conference Attacker of the Year award, and Head Coach Jen Adams was named the conference's co-Coach of the Year, on Wednesday night at the league's banquet.
Gavin, a senior attacker, was joined on the All-BIG EAST First Team by senior midfielder Abby Rehfuss. Senior midfielder Meg Decker, senior defender Kellye Gallagher, senior attacker Mary Heneberry, junior defender Ana Heneberry, junior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff and freshman midfielder Marlee Paton earned Second Team honors from the conference's coaches.
Loyola's eight All-BIG EAST honorees were the most by any of the nine teams in the conference.
Adams has directed the Greyhounds back to national prominence with a 14-2 overall record this season. Loyola won its first 12 games of the season, its longest winning streak since taking 14 in a row during a 2003 run to the Final Four.
Over the course of her three years with the Greyhounds, the team has progressively improved, turning a 6-10 record from the year previous to her arrival into an 11-6 mark in 2009, an 11-7 record last year, and a 14-2 tally thus far in 2011.
She shared Coach of the Year honors with Syracuse's Gary Gait who was an assistant coach at Maryland when Adams was a record-setting player from 1997-2001.
On Sunday, Gavin set the all-time Loyola record for points scored, tallying her 289th in the first half to eclipse the previous best set by Stacey Morlang from 1999-2002. This season, she has scored 59 goals and has 21 assists for 80 points, all team-highs.
She has scored at least two goals in every game this year and has tallied a minimum of three points in each contest. Gavin has scored at least one goal in 57-straight games and has one or more points in 63 in a row. She has scored at least one goal in 67-of-68 career games. Entering the BIG EAST Championships, she has 217 goals, six shy of tying Janet Eisenhut's Loyola career record, 76 assists and 293 points.
Gavin earned All-BIG EAST honors all four years at Loyola, garnering a Second Team nod as a freshman and First Team laurels the next three seasons.
Rehfuss became a three-time All-BIG EAST honoree after being named to the Second Team as a sophomore and junior. She has put together another excellent all-around season for the Greyhounds, scoring 30 goals and assisting on nine others while causing 12 turnovers and controlling 22 draws.
Earlier this year, Rehfuss scored a career-high six goals against Denver, less than a week after she registered her 100th career goal at UMBC. Through 67 career games, Rehfuss has scored 120 goals and has 47 assists to go with 144 draw controls.
Decker garnered All-BIG EAST honors for the first time. She has established herself as one of the top midfielders in the nation, especially on draw controls where she is 10th nationally with 3.69 per game. Decker, who came to Loyola last year after starting her career at the U.S. Naval Academy where she was the National Freshman of the Year, has also scored 21 goals and has five assists.
The senior has put together five games this year with six or more draw controls, including a school-record setting 10 against Denver. She controlled seven against both Penn State and UMBC and then had six each versus Cincinnati and Connecticut.
Gallagher returned to the Greyhounds this season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first minute of the 2010 season. She recorded career-highs in ground balls (43) and caused turnovers (34) and was a BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week this season.
Last weekend, Gallagher closed the regular season by recording career-high marks in caused turnovers (five versus Syracuse) and ground balls (5 versus Connecticut). She will return for the 2012 season as a fifth-year senior after receiving a medical hardship waiver for her 2010 injury.
Ana Heneberry is a repeat selection to the Second Team after putting together another excellent season on a Greyhounds' defense that is ninth in the nation and tops in the conference, allowing just 8.44 goals per game. Heneberry has caused 19 turnovers and has an equal number of ground balls. Earlier this week, she was named the team's 2011 Most Valuable Player.
Her older sister, Mary, is an all-conference honoree for the first time after scoring 20 goals and assisting on eight others as a senior. She has scored 20 or more goals each of the last three seasons and has 78 in 65 career games.
Stoothoff also earned her first All-BIG EAST nod after having a stellar season in goal for Loyola. She has played over 815 mintues to an 8.52 goals against average, the best in the conference. Stoothoff has made saves on 48.4-percent of shots on goals she's faced, the second-best mark in the league.
Paton was one of three freshmen honored by the league after finishing second on the Greyhounds with 31 goals. She also tallied six assists and caused 16 turnovers. Paton has tallied at least one goal in 14 of Loyola's 16 games, and she has scored four on four occasions and two or more nine times. Her 31 goals are the most by a Loyola freshman since Gavin and Rehfuss scored 38 and 35, respectively, as freshmen teammates in 2008.
The Greyhounds will open play in the BIG EAST Conference Championships on Thursday evening with a 5:30 p.m. semifinal game against Syracuse. The game, which will be played on Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field, will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.