May 24, 2012
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team placed five Greyhounds on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region teams, as announced by the IWLCA Thursday.
Gallagher – the first player in program history to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors – is making her second-straight appearance on the all-region team and her first on the first team. A two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and an all-tournament team selection this year, Gallagher led the league in both caused turnovers and ground balls per game, while she also ranked second nationally with 2.70 caused turnovers per game and fifth with 3.25 ground balls per game. The Ridley, Pa., native also broke Loyola’s single-season record for caused turnovers, racking up 54 this year, and ranks second in the program’s career records with 125.
Heneberry, a three-time all-region honoree, is making her second-straight appearance on the first team. Loyola’s top mark-up defender, Heneberry ranked second in the league, and 12th nationally, with 1.90 caused turnovers per game this season and finished her career ranked third on Loyola’s all-time list with 122. A first-team All-BIG EAST selection, the Timonium, Md., native was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team and was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on April 2.
Paton became the second Greyhound in program history to be named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year after leading Loyola with 54 goals, 36 assists and 90 points this season. Her 4.50 points per game ranks third in the BIG EAST and 13th nationally, while it is also the second-best single-season point total in Loyola history. A native of Seaholme, Australia, Paton was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team this year, while she also earned all-tournament team honors and was twice named the league’s offensive player of the week. This marks the second-straight year Paton has been honored on the all-region team, while it is the first time she’s been voted to the first team.
Stoothoff is also earning her second-straight all-region honor. The top goalkeeper in the BIG EAST, Stoothoff was a first-team all-conference selection after ranking third in the league in goals-against average (10.07) and save percentage (.458), in addition to second in ground balls per game (2.95). The first-ever two-time MVP of the BIG EAST Tournament, the Blue Point, N.Y., native was also a two-time BIG EAST Honor Roll honoree this year, while she also earned WomensLax.com and Baltimore Sun Player of the Week honors after leading the Greyhounds to an overtime win over Penn in the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Thomas, the top freshman in the NCAA with 69 points this year, had a standout season for the Greyhounds. The Bel Air, Md., native smashed Loyola’s 32-year-old freshman record for assists, set by Janet Eisenhut at 19 in 1980, by dishing out 31 helpers this season. Thomas was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, after ranking fifth in the league with 1.55 assists per game and seventh at 3.45 points per game. She was also a BIG EAST All-Tournament Team honoree and was selected as the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at No. 13 Georgetown to open conference play.
Loyola wrapped up the year with a 14-6 record, including a school record 7-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Greyhounds won the BIG EAST title for the second year in a row and earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championships for a second-consecutive season. In first round action, Loyola topped Penn, 10-9, in overtime, before falling at No. 3 Maryland, 17-11, in the quarterfinals.