June 4, 2012
BALTIMORE - Three Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse players will take the field on Saturday, June 16, as part of the 2012 North-South Senior All-Star Game, the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has announced.
Defenders Kellye Gallagher and Ana Heneberry, in addition to goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff, will represent the Greyhounds at the annual event as part of the South Squad. Prior to their Spring 2012 graduation, the trio helped lead Loyola to its second-straight BIG EAST Championship and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Gallagher – the first player in program history to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors – concluded her career as an IWLCA first-team All-American. A two-time all-region honoree, including a first-team selection this year, Gallager was named the WomensLax.com Defender of the Year and was also named to the organizations All-America team. A two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and an all-tournament team selection this season, 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, earned second-team All-America honors last year. Loyola’s top mark-up defender, Heneberry ranked second in the BIG EAST, and 12th nationally, with 1.90 caused turnovers per game this season. She also became the second Greyhound in program history to reach 100 career caused turnovers and 100 career ground balls, finishing her career ranked third on Loyola’s all-time career caused turnovers list with 122. A first-team All-BIG EAST selection this year, 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.
Stoothoff, the top goalkeeper in the BIG EAST, concluded her career as a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region honoree. The Blue Point, N.Y., native earned first-team All-BIG EAST honors 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). She was the first-ever two-time MVP of the BIG EAST Tournament after leading the Greyhounds to back-to-back titles and was also a two-time BIG EAST Honor Roll honoree. 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.
The trio of Greyhounds will join other NCAA Division I standouts at the United Sports Training Center in Downington, Pa. The event will precede the IWLCA All-America banquet that will honor Gallagher and sophomore Marlee Paton at the Radisson Valley Forge in King of Prussia, Pa., later that evening.