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Gavin Scores Five As Women's Lacrosse Wins Season-Opener
Feb. 18, 2009
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Loyola's Grace Gavin scored five goals, and the Greyhounds defeated host Stony Brook, 15-7, in the head coaching debut of Jen Adams on Wednesday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Gavin scored all five of her goals in the first half, helping the Greyhounds take a 9-6 advantage at the break in a driving rain with wind and intermittent snow showers.
"I was pleased with the way that we played, especially that we came out and made improvements during the second half," Adams said. "We showed a lot of promise for things to come, but there are also things that we need to work on. We had a consistent team effort with a lot of individuals stepping up and playing different roles."
Stony Brook (0-2) took the lead just nine seconds into the game, as Kaitlin Leggio scored off the opening draw.
Colleen O'Keefe, however, took a feed from Gavin 2:45 into the game, tying the score for the Greyhounds. Abby Rehfuss then scored off an O'Keefe assist less than two minutes later, giving Loyola a 2-1 advantage.
Samantha Djaha used a Leggio pass to even the score at two 7:21 in.
The Greyhounds (1-0), however, reeled off four goals in a row, two by Gavin and one each by Mary Clare Taylor and Rehfuss.
After Jenna Celano scored on a free-position shot for the Seawolves, Gavin scored three straight, putting Loyola ahead, 9-3.
Stony Brook scored three unanswered, two in the first half and one in the second, to pull within three, 9-6.
Three minutes into the second half, Rehfuss scored on a free-position shot, starting a 5-0 Greyhounds run that put the game out of reach.
Kerry Stoothoff and Meg Steffe split time evenly in goal for Loyola. Stoothoff made four saves in the first half, and Steffe stopped three in the second.
The Greyhounds open their home schedule on Saturday, February 22, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. against fourth-ranked Virginia.