May 11, 2011
|Date||Saturday, May 14, 2011
|Location||Baltimore, Md.| Ridley Athletic Complex
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- Loyola University Maryland will host a NCAA Championships First Round game on Saturday, May 14, when the sixth-seeded Greyhounds play Massachusetts at 1 o'clock at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The winner of the game will play the winner of No. 3 seed North Carolina and Virginia in the second round on May 21 or 22.
Back In The NCAAs
- In just the third year with Jen Adams as head coach, Loyola has returned to the NCAA Championships for the 14th time in program history. The Greyhounds last appeared in the tournament when they lost, 5-4, in the 2004 first round to Vanderbilt.
- The Greyhounds are making their 14th appearance in the NCAA Championships and have an 11-13 record in 24 previous tournament games.
- Loyola is 7-5 all-time in its opening games of NCAA Championships (sometimes called First Round, other times Quarterfinals).
- The Greyhounds have advanced to the NCAA Semifinals on five occasions and the Championship Game once.
BIG EAST Champions!
- Loyola captured its first-ever BIG EAST Conference Championship last Saturday when it defeated Notre Dame, 12-10, in the Championship Game at Georgetown.
- The title was the Greyhounds' first conference crown since they won the 2002 Colonial Athletic Association Championship as an affiliate member. (Loyola was independent from 2003-2005 and joined the BIG EAST in 2006).
- Jen Adams took over the Loyola program in June 2008 after the Greyhounds finished the 2008 season with a 6-10 record.
- Since then, Adams, her coaching staff and the Greyhounds have gone 38-15 overall, compiling 11-6 and 11-7 records in 2009 and 2010 before going 16-2 thus far in 2011.
- Adams' .717 winning percentage is second only to Diane Geppi-Aikens (.737) at Loyola, and her 38 career victories are third behind Geppi-Aikens' 196 from 1989-2003 and Anne McCloskey's 103 from 1977-1986.
Win No. 400
- Saturday's victory over Notre Dame not only gave Loyola its first BIG EAST title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, but it was also the 400th victory in program history. Loyola is now 400-209-10 (.654) all-time.
In The Polls
- Following its BIG EAST title, Loyola rose to the No. 6 spot in the IWLCA coaches poll released on Monday and fifth in the deBeers/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.
- Massachusetts is currently ranked 19th in the IWLCA poll and 13th in the media list.
- The Minutewomen and Loyola will meet for just the third time in series history on Saturday. The teams played a home-and-home series in 1989 and 1990 with Loyola winning both meetings.
- It has been over 10 years since Loyola last faced a team that is currently a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Greyhounds played Richmond on March 20, 2001, defeating the Spiders, 18-8, when both teams were members of the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Records Are Hers
- Grace Gavin free-position goal with 11:43 remaining in the BIG EAST Championship Game not only game the Greyhounds the lead for good, it was the 224th of her career, giving her the Loyola career goals' record.
- The mark came less than a week after she set the school record for total points in the regular-season finale against Connecticut.
- 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.
23rd To 300
- With a goal 1:48 before the half against Notre Dame, Gavin tied the school goals scored record and became the first Greyhounds player to score 300 points in her career.
- She also became the 23rd player in NCAA Division I history to score 300 or more points in her career. Gavin is second on the active points scored list, one behind the leader, Lehigh's Lauren Dykstra who has 302.
- Gavin is now just 144 points behind the NCAA all-time record held by her head coach, Jen Adams.
- Loyola goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff was named the BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Player after helping the Greyhounds to the title.
- Stoothoff made 17 saves in the tournament, including 10 in the Championship Game against Notre Dame. She also had five ground balls and four caused turnovers, three of each coming versus the Fighting Irish.
- Four others Greyhounds joined Stoothoff on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team: Grace Gavin, Ana and Mary Heneberry, Marlee Paton and Abby Rehfuss.
Try Stopping Her
- Gavin has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola last 59 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 65 games. She has scored a point in 68-of-69 career games.
BIG EAST Honors
- 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. Loyola's eight All-BIG EAST selections were the most of any in the league.
- 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 last 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 and Saturday's games were 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 9-0 in games away from Ridley Athletic Complex in 2011.
Causing Turnovers With The Best Again
- Loyola was credited with 11 caused turnovers in the Championship Game against Notre Dame and continues to lead the nation in caused turnovers per game with 11.94. Kellye Gallagher tops the team and is seventh nationally with a 2.12 per game mark.
- 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 672 turnovers in 52 games, an average of 12.92 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 473 points (348 goals, 125 assists), surpassing the 399 put up by Andi Holthaus (246) and Kathy Barden (153) from 1984-1987. Together, they have averaged 5.04 goals, 1.81 assists and 6.85 points per game during their 69 career games.
Decker On Draw Controls
- Meg Decker has controlled a team-high 62 draws this season, good for third 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.
- 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 18 games in 2011, they have led Loyola to a 16-2 mark. Overall, they have won 44 games as Greyhounds.
- The group has combined for some gaudy statistics: 585 goals, 226 assists, 811 total points, 520 ground balls, 566 draw controls, 326 caused turnovers and 259 goalie saves.
- 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.
- The Greyhounds are just 2-1 in one-goal games, and 5-2 in games decided by three or less.
Tewaaraton Nominations For Greyhound Pair
- Two weeks ago, 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 both BIG EAST Championships games, she is second on the team with 35 goals this season. Her 35 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 10-of-12 games.
- Scoring just one goal prior to the UMBC contest, VanThof has scored 6 goals in Loyola's last 13 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 five goals and two assists in the BIG EAST Championships, Heneberry is now fourth on the team in goals (25) and points (35) and tied for third in assists (10).
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 8.67 goals per game. Kerry Stoothoff is 14th nationally in goals against average and 12th in saves percentage.