NCAA Quarterfinals Pit Loyola, North Carolina

May 17, 2011

Game Information
Opponent North Carolina Tar Heels
Date Saturday, May 21, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Chapel Hill, N.C.| Fetzer Field
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Game Data

  • The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a NCAA Championships Quarterfinals game against North Carolina on Saturday, May 21, at 1 o'clock.
  • The winner of the game between the third-seeded Tar Heels and sixth-seeded Greyhounds will advance to play the winner of Northwestern and Albany in the NCAA Semifinals on Friday, May 27, in Stony Brook, N.Y.

Wins Record

  • Last Saturday's victory in the NCAA First Round over Massachusetts was Loyola's 17th of 2011, tying the school record for victories in a season. The 2003 team that advanced to the NCAA Final Four also won 17 games and finished with a 17-2 record.

Quarterfinals Appearance

  • Loyola's date with the Tar Heels in the NCAA Quarterfinals is the Greyhounds' first trip to the Round of 8 since 2003 when they defeated Yale, 13-7, to advance to the Semifinals. That game was also the Greyhounds' last win in the NCAA Championships prior to Saturday.
  • The Greyhounds are 6-1 all-time in NCAA  Quarterfinals games, including a 7-5 victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill on May 14, 2000.

NCAA History

  • The Greyhounds are making their 14th appearance in the NCAA Championships and have an 12-13 record in 2 previous tournament games.
  • The Greyhounds have advanced to the NCAA Semifinals on six occasions and the Championship Game once.

Series History

  • Loyola and North Carolina will be meeting for the 14th time when the take the field on Saturday and the third time in NCAA Championships play.
  • The Tar Heels hold an 8-5 advantage in the previous meetings, but Loyola has won both NCAA games, including a 10-8 decision on May 17, 1997, that propelled the Greyhounds into their first-ever NCAA Championship Game.

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.
  • The Tar Heels are currently ranked third in the IWLCA poll and fourth in the media list.

So, We Meet Again

  • Loyola and North Carolina will meet for the first time since February 15, 2008, when the Tar Heels won, 13-9, on Fetzer Field. The game was not just the 2008 season-opener for the Greyhounds, but it was the first regular-season collegiate game for the current group of Loyola seniors.
  • In the game, Grace Gavin scored a team-high three goals and had an assist, her final goal coming with 9:15 remaining in the game to pull the Greyhounds to within a pair, 11-9, before the Tar Heels scored the game's final two goals.
  • Six current Loyola players saw action in the game, as Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss started in the midfield, and Meg Steffe was the starting goalie. Gavin, Caroline Hager and Mary Heneberry all came off the bench. Hager, Heneberry and Rehfuss each scored a goal, and Steffe made eight saves between the pipes.

Moving On

  • Loyola advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals by virtue of a 14-7 victory over Massachusetts on May 14 in Baltimore. Loyola took a 5-1 lead on an Abby Rehfuss goal with 12:23 to play in the first half, but Massachusetts cut its deficit to two, 6-4, when Katie Ferris scored 4:28 into the second frame.
  • Meg Decker scored with 19:09 left in the game, Loyola's first goal of the second half, sparking a 6-1 Greyhounds run that enabled them to take control of the game.

Defense Will Be Served

  • Saturday's game will feature two of the top defenses in the nation. North Carolina is ranked fourth nationally with an 8.05 goals allowed per game, while the Greyhounds are tied for eighth by allowing 8.58 goals per contest.

Decker Scores Five

  • Meg Decker scored a Loyola career-high five goals against Massachusetts, leading all players in scoring. She scored twice in the first half and then opened a 6-1 run with an unassisted goal with 19:09 remaining in the game. She then tallied two goals in the final 7:24 to help seal the win.
  • Decker's previous best as a Greyhound came on March 16 when she tallied four at Delaware. As a freshman at Navy, Decker scored six goals in a game against American.

Big Game Player

  • Kellye Gallagher had one of her best statistical games of the year against Massachusetts, leading all players with five ground balls and five caused turnovers. She matched her career-high in turnovers set earlier this season on April 29 against Syracuse.

Shutting Down Scorers

  • Entering last Saturday's game, Massachusetts was ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 15.05 goals per game. The Greyhounds held the Minutewomen to just seven goals, and they also shut down their top two scorers.
  • Jackie Lyons began the game 12th in the country in total points (72p, 40g, 32a), and atie Ferris was 15th (70p, 54g, 32a), and Loyola held Ferris to a goal and an assist, while Lyons scored just one goal.

BIG EAST Champions!

  • Loyola captured its first-ever BIG EAST Conference Championship on May 7 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).

Turned Around

  • 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 17-2 thus far in 2011.
  • Adams' .722 winning percentage is second only to Diane Geppi-Aikens (.737) at Loyola, and her 39 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.

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.
  • Against Massachusetts, her three assists lifted her into second-place all-time at Loyola with 80.

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.

Outstanding Honor

  • 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.

Streak Snapped

  • Gavin had scored at least one goal in 59 consecutive games, dating back to March 30, 2008, at Penn State, until Massachusetts held her without one last week. She did have a game-high three assists to extending her points-scored streak to 66 games. Gavin has scored at least one 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. 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.

Causing Turnovers With The Best Again

  • Loyola was credited with 13 caused turnovers in the First Round against Massachusetts and continues to lead the nation in caused turnovers per game with 12.0. Kellye Gallagher tops the team and is fifth nationally with a 2.16 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 696 turnovers in 54 games, an average of 12.89 per contest.

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 18 games in 2011, they have led Loyola to a 17-2 mark. Overall, they have won 45 games as Greyhounds.
  • The group has combined for some gaudy statistics: 597 goals, 231 assists, 827 total points, 527 ground balls, 573 draw controls, 335 caused turnovers and 259 goalie saves.

Winning Big

  • Loyola's 14-7 victory over Connecticut improved its record to 11-0 this season when scoring 14 or more goals. The Greyhounds are also 11-0 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.

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 and then tallying a goal in the NCAA First Round, she is tied for second on the team with 36 goals this season. Her 36 goals are the most by a Loyola freshman since Grace Gavin scored 38 as freshmen in 2008.

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 three goals against UMass, Heneberry is fourth on the team in goals (28) and points (38) and tied for third in assists (10).

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.