May 26, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland led all schools with six players on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Mid-Atlantic Region teams that were announced Thursday evening.
Four Greyhounds - seniors Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss and juniors Ana Heneberry and Kerry Stoothoff - earned First Team honors, while senior Kellye Gallagher and freshman Marlee Paton were tabbed to the Second Team. Loyola finished the season 17-3 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals after tying the school record for wins in a season.
"It's exciting to see six of our players recognized by the coaches in our region," Head Coach Jen Adams said. "We had an outstanding season, and all of these players worked to help us win 17 games."
Gavin earned WomensLax.com co-Attacker of the Year honors earlier in the day. The attacker set Loyola career and single-season records in both points and goals. She finished her career with 311 points and 228 goals after scoring 71 goals and 98 points in 2011. A four-time All-Region honoree and 2011 Tewaaraton Award Finalist, Gavin was the 2010 and 2011 BIG EAST Conference Attacker of the Year.
Rehfuss, a midfielder, earned All-Region honors for the third-straight season after scoring 37 goals and assisting on 12 as a senior. She totaled 31 draw controls and picked up 26 draw controls, as well, during her senior season. Rehfuss, who was an All-BIG EAST First Team honree, closed her Loyola career third all-time at the school in draw controls.
A defender, Heneberry helped Loyola post one of the top defenses in the nation. One of the nation's top marking defender, she tallied 28 caused turnovers and 25 ground balls. Heneberry also earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors for the second-straight season.
Stoothoff had an outstanding season in goal for the Greyhounds where she was named All-BIG EAST Second Team. The junior played more than 1,050 minutes between the pipes to a 9.09 goals against average. She saved 46.5-percent of the shots on goal she faced and was a four-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week.
Gallagher helped the Greyhounds lead the nation in caused turnovers for the third consecutive season, topping the team and BIG EAST with 50 caused turnovers, and she also had a team-high 59 ground balls. An All-BIG EAST Second Team honoree, Gallagher finished in the top-10 nationally in caused turnovers per game.
Just a freshman, Paton made her mark in the Greyhounds midfield as an All-BIG EAST Second Team member. She scored 38 goals, the most by a Loyola first-year player since Gavin totaled the same amount in 2008, and she added 10 assists. A versatile player on both ends of the field, Paton was third on the team with 35 ground balls, and she also had 17 draw controls.
The six Greyhounds are now eligible for All-America honors that will be announced on Monday.