May 28, 2010
BALTIMORE - Grace Gavin and Emily Gibson were named First-Team All-Mid Atlantic Region selections by the IWLCA, while Abby Rehfuss and Ana Heneberry received Second-Team recognition, the organization announced Friday morning. These athletes are now eligible for inclusion on the IWLCA All-American teams, which will be announced on Monday.
Gavin, who received WomensLax.com All-America recognition earlier today was named a first-team selection for the second straight year. She was also a second-team selection as a freshman. Gavin put together the best individual offensive season in Loyola history, tallying a program single-season record 87 points on a career-high 64 goals and 23 assists. For her efforts, she was also named the BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the All-Conference first team. The junior from Baltimore, Md., led the conference overall with 15 free-position goals and in conference play, her 4.25 goals per game and 5.75 points per game also led the conference. Overall, Gavin finished the year with 4.83 points per game and a 3.56 goals per game average, finishing fifth and sixth in the nation, respectively. Her 64 goals and 87 points rank seventh in the country with just four teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament.
Gibson is receiving All-Region recognition for the first time in her four-year career at Loyola. The midfielder had the best season of her career, finishing second on the team with 33 goals and 48 points, both of which were career highs. Her 33 goals were one more than she had entering the season. A Second-Team All-BIG EAST selection, Gibson also led the team with 44 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers. Her 38 draw controls were also second on the team. The Jarrettsville, Md., native earned national recognition the first week of the season as she led the Greyhounds to an upset victory at Virginia with a career-high five goals and six points. It was the first time that Loyola had beaten Virginia in over a decade.
Rehfuss was named a Second-Team selection for the third straight season after recording 30 points on 23 goals and seven assists. She also led the Greyhounds with a career-high 48 draw controls and was named a Second-Team All-BIG EAST selection. Her 48 draws are the fifth-most in a single-season at Loyola and she now has 122 in her career, ranking fifth in Greyhounds career history. The native of Latham, N.Y. also finished second on the squad with 41 ground balls and third with 24 caused turnovers. In a road game at Denver, she matched the Loyola single-game record with eight draw controls. The tri-captain also tied the school-record for ground balls in a single game with eight in the conference opener against Rutgers.
The team's top matchup defender Heneberry, like Gibson, is receiving All-Region recognition for the first time in her young career. Heneberry, who is very physical on the ball, finished second on the squad with a career-high 35 caused turnovers, leading a defense that led the country in that category for the second straight season. Her career-high 39 ground balls were third on the team. The native of Timonium, Md. also tallied her first career point this season, recording an assist against conference rival Notre Dame. The defender twice received Player of the Week recognition this season, first by the BIG EAST on March 15 after back-to-back wins over Delaware and Cornell. A week later, she was named the WomensLacrosse.com National Defensive Player of the Week after back-to-back victories over nationally ranked Rutgers and James Madison.