Aug. 14, 2009
BALTIMORE - Four Loyola women's lacrosse players - senior attacker Colleen O'Keefe, sophomore midfielders Grace Gavin and Abby Rehfuss and sophomore defender Cara Filippelli - earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Regional All-America honors for their outstanding play on the field.
Filippelli and Gavin each received All-Mid-Atlatnic Region First Team honors, while O'Keefe and Rehfuss were selected to the Second Team.
The honors mark the first time since 2002 that four Loyola players have been selected to the regional teams. Earlier this year, Filippelli and Gavin each received All-BIG EAST First Team honors, while O'Keefe, Rehfuss and sophomore goalkeeper Meg Steffe were Second Team honorees by the conference
Filippelli led the BIG EAST in caused turnovers in 2009 with 39, an average of 2.29 per game. She has also helped the Greyhounds lead all of NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game (13.07) this year, and she was third in the BIG EAST in ground balls per game (2.71). Filippelli was the only player in the conference this season to win a weekly award three times after being named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on March 16 and 23 and April 13.
In addition to her defensive numbers, Filippelli has been an important part of Loyola's attack. She has scored 15 goals and has five assists. She set a career-high of three goals in the Greyhounds' two closest wins this year, over then-No. 16 James Madison and then-No. 6 Georgetown.
Gavin led the team in scoring in 2009 with 56 goals and 74 total points. She tied for second on the Greyhounds with 18 assists. Gavin finished third in the BIG EAST in goals per game (3.29) and fourth in points per game (4.35). She was ranked in the top 20 nationally in both categories, as well.
Like Filippelli, Gavin contributed all over the field. She was second on the team in draw controls (33), tied for third in caused turnovers (21) and fourth in ground balls (31). During the season, she became the second-fastest to 100 career points in Loyola history, reaching the century mark in her 26th game.
Rehfuss was second on the team in scoring this year with 32 goals and 48 points. She topped the Greyhounds, and was fourth in the BIG EAST in draw controls (46).O'Keefe picked up the honors in her final collegiate season after leading the Greyhounds in assists (21) and was sixth in the conference in assists per game (1.2). O'Keefe also scored 24 goals in 2009, and her 0.95 career assists per game rank 10th all-time at Loyola.
Gavin and Rehfuss were each All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honorees as freshmen in 2008, while the laurels were the first of O'Keefe and Filippelli's careers.