Women's Lacrosse, Notre Dame Play For BIG EAST Crown

May 6, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time 1 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 play in its first-ever BIG EAST Conference Championship Game on Saturday, May 7. The third-seeded Greyhounds will take on the fourth seed, Notre Dame, at 1 o’clock, on Georgetown’s Multi-Sport Field.
  • Loyola advanced via a 12-11 victory on Thursday over Syracuse, while Notre Dame knocked off the top seed, Georgetown, 15-12, in the second semifinal.

On The Tube

  • The BIG EAST Championship Game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network. 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. With their win Thursday evening, they are now 1-1 in BIG EAST Championships games.

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.
  • Notre Dame is unranked in both polls.
  • The Greyhounds were in the No. 7 spot in the NCAA RPI rankings entering the BIG EAST Championships, while Notre Dame was rated 28th.

Series History

  • Notre Dame and Loyola will meet for the seventh time in series history on Saturday afternoon with the Fighting Irish holding a 5-1 advantage in the previous six games.
  • Loyola earned its lone win in the series earlier this year with a 13-10 win on April 3 in South Bend, Ind.
  • Notre Dame tied that game at 6-6 with two goals to start the second half, but Grace Gavin and Mary Heneberry scored on free-position shots to give the Greyhounds an 8-6 lead it would not relinquish.
  • Gavin scored four goals and had three assists against Notre Dame, while Abby Rehfuss scored three times, and Caroline Hager added two goals and an assist.
  • Cara Filippelli and Gavin each controlled four draw in the game, as the Greyhounds had a 15-10 advantage in the category.

Against The Irish

  • In four career games against Notre Dame, Loyola’s Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss have each enjoyed offensive success.
  • Gavin has scored four goals in three of the games and has 15 combined in the four contests. She also has six assists against Notre Dame.
  • Rehfuss has two three-goal goals and a total of eight goals to go with two assists.

Two From Tying

  • With two goals in the BIG EAST Championship Game, Grace Gavin will tie Loyola’s career goals record. Janet Eisenhut tallied 223 from 1980-1983, and after scoring four against Syracuse, Gavin sits at 221 for her career.
  • Gavin is also three points shy of becoming the first player in Loyola history to score 300 points in a career.
  • Earlier this season, Gavin set the BIG EAST record for career goals in conference games. She finished with 94 goals, shattering the previous mark of 78 set by Notre Dame’s Jillian Byers from 2006-2009. Gavin is second to Syracuse’s Katie Rowan (134 from 2006-2009) in points scored with 125.

Gavin Sets Points Record

  • Grace Gavin set the Loyola career record for points scored last 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. She eclipsed the mark of 288 set by Stacey Morlang from 1999-2002.
  • Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 58 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 64 games. She has scored a point in 69-of-70 career games.


  • Grace Gavin earned BIG EAST Attacker of the Year honors for the second time in as many years, and Jen Adams was named the BIG EAST co-Coach of the Year on Wednesday night at the conference’s banquet.
  • Gavin and classmate Abby Rehfuss were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Meg Decker, Kellye Gallagher, Ana Heneberry, Mary Heneberry, Marlee Paton and Kerry Stoothoff earned Second Team laurels.
  • Gavin is a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree (second team as a freshman and first the following three years), while Rehfuss earned the honors three times.
  • Sisters Mary and Ana Heneberry became the second set of sisters to earn All-BIG EAST honors in the same year. The first pair came in 2001 when Sheehan and Wick Stanwick of Georgetown were named to the first and second teams, respectively.

Holding The Lead

  • Loyola took a 7-3 lead into halftime on Thursday against Syracuse, and the Greyhounds held off a late Orange charge to improve to 12-0 this season when leading at halftime.

Friendly Road Confines

  • Thursday’s game was Loyola’s first at a neutral site this year, but the Greyhounds had the same result as they have on the road all season. Loyola is now 8-0 in games away from Ridley Athletic Complex in 2011.

Success At The 8

  • Loyola converted on 4-of-7 free-positions shots Thursday against Syracuse, slightly above its average of 52.5-percent success rate this season on 8-meter shots.
  • The Greyhounds have converted on 52-of-99 free-positions shots this year, and they are 13-0 this year when scoring three or more free-position goals.

Critical Clearing

  • Syracuse did not have the ball in its offensive zone during the first 10-plus minutes of Thursday’s game, as Loyola caused three failed clears in the Orange’s first three attempts. This season, opponents are clearing the ball successfully just 73.2-percent of the time.

Causing Turnovers With The Best Again

  • Loyola entered the BIG EAST Championships leading NCAA Division I with 12.31 caused turnovers per game, and Kellye Gallagher was 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 467 points (343 goals, 124 assists), surpassing the 399 put up by Andi Holthaus (246) and Kathy Barden (153) from 1984-1987.

Decker On Draw Controls

  • Meg Decker registered three draw controls against Connecticut on Sunday, giving her 62 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 62 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.

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: 576 goals, 222 assists, 798 total points, 517 ground balls, 561 draw controls, 323 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.

60 For Three

  • Gavin’s first goal against Syracuse gave her 60 for the season, making her the third player in Loyola history to score 60 or more goals in three-straight seasons. She joined Janet Eisenhut and Stacey Morlang in completing the feat.

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.
  • In the BIG EAST Semifinals against Syracuse, she had seven saves, giving her 346 for her career. She moved past Cindy Nicolaus (2003-2006) and into sixth place all-time at Loyola.

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 Syracuse in the BIG EAST Semifinals, she is second on the team with 33 goals this season. Her 33 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-11 games.
  • Scoring just one goal prior to the UMBC contest, VanThof has scored 15 goals in Loyola’s last 12 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.
  • With two goals and an assist against Syracuse in the BIG EAST Semifinals, Heneberry is now tied for fourth on the team with 22 goals, and she is fourth with 31 points.

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 8.59 goals per game. Kerry Stoothoff is tops in the conference and ninth nationally with a 8.69 goals against average.