May 14, 2012
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff has been named the WomensLax.com National Player of the Week. Stoothoff backstopped the sixth-seeded Greyhounds to a first round NCAA Championships win over the University of Pennsylvania, 10-9 in overtime, on Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Stoothoff, from Blue Point, N.Y., recorded her 21st career 10-plus-save game, stopping 10 of the Quakers' shots, including two in overtime. Her final save came with the game tied at nine and just 20 seconds on the clock. Penn's Meredith Cain looked to secure the win for the Quakers, taking a wide-open point-blank shot, but was denied by Stoothoff. Senior defender Kellye Gallagher drew a foul as she went for the loose ball and set the Greyhounds up for the game-winning goal. Gallagher found freshman Sydney Thomas, who raced down the field and passed to classmate Hannah Schmitt for the score with just three seconds remaining.
An All-BIG EAST First Team selection, Stoothoff became the first player in league history to earn BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after leading Loyola to back-to-back BIG EAST Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.
This season, she is ranked tied for 12th nationally with 154 saves and is 17th in save percentage, stopping 46.8 percent of shots faced. In addition, she is ranked ninth in the NCAA, averaging 3.00 ground balls per game.
Stoothoff becomes the fourth Greyhound to earn honors from WomensLax.com this season, as a trio of Loyola's freshmen have been named rookies of the week. Sydney Thomas earned the honor on March 12, Annie Thomas on March 26 and Hannah Schmitt on April 2.
With the win over Penn, Stoothoff and the Greyhounds advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. They will take on No. 3 seed Maryland at noon on Saturday at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park.