Gavin Named BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year

May 5, 2010

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Junior Grace Gavin was named the BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Attack Player of the Year it was announced Wednesday night at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J. Gavin also received first-team honors, while four Greyhounds earned second-team recognition.

Gavin led the 13th-ranked Greyhounds with 82 points on 62 goals and 20 assists this season. In conference-play, the Baltimore, Md., native had a league-best 46 points and tied for the conference lead with 34 goals. Gavin averaged 5.75 points per game in conference action, more than any other conference player. She also leads the league with five game-winning goals, including three in conference play. The junior has 15 free-position goals this year, tops of any BIG EAST Player. Gavin scored at least two goals in every game this season and she is the first Loyola player to earn BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year honors. She is also Loyola's first BIG EAST major award winner since Kate McHarg was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year in 2006.

Earning second-team honors for the Greyhounds were senior Emily Gibson, juniors Abby Rehfuss and Cara Filippelli and sophomore Ana Heneberry.

In her fourth and final season with the Greyhounds, Gibson has had a career season, finishing second on Loyola with 32 goals and 14 assists for 46 points. Her 32 goals in the regular season matched her total from her first three seasons combined. The Jarrettsville, Md., led the team with a career-high 36 caused turnovers, ranking ninth in the nation on the country's leader in that category. Additionally, Gibson led the team with a career-high 43 ground balls and was third on the team with a career-high 33 draw controls.

Rehfuss is the team leader with 46 draw controls this season, matching her total from last season. The Latham, N.Y., native also set career-marks with 38 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Offensively, Rehfuss is fourth on the team with 22 goals and 29 points. A tri-captain as a junior, Rehfuss is second on the team with eight free-position goals on 15 attempts.

A native of Devon, Pa., Filippelli has recorded 22 goals and 27 total points in her third season with the Greyhounds. Also a tri-captain, Filippelli is one of the Greyhounds most all-around players who does damage on both sides of the ball. The five-foot-six midfielder has also recorded 23 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers, while garnering all-conference honors for the second-straight season.

Described as the team's top matchup defender, Heneberry is second on the team with 38 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers. Heneberry is usually matched up against the opponent's top attacker and is receiving BIG EAST All-Conference recognition for the first time in her career. The sophomore was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 15 after wins over Delaware and Cornell. She was also named the National Defensive Player of the Week on March 22 after recording six ground balls and four caused turnovers in wins over Rutgers and then unbeaten James Madison.

Loyola (11-6, 5-3 BIG EAST) is making its first-ever trip to the BIG EAST Tournament this week and will take on #9 Georgetown (11-5, 8-0 BIG EAST) in the semifinals Thursday, May 6 at 5:30 pm. The game will be televised live and nationwide on CBS College Sports.