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#12 Women's Lacrosse Hosts Virginia In Saturday Opener
Feb. 16, 2011
And They're Off!
The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team opens its 39th season against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half of a Greyhounds lacrosse doubleheader. The women face off against the Cavaliers at noon, followed by the men's team taking on Navy after 2 p.m.
The Greyhounds trail in the all-time series against the Cavaliers, 7-21-1.
Loyola took the last meeting between the two teams, knocking off then-ranked No. 10 Virginia by a 15-11 margin on February 20, 2010, in Charlottesville, Va. Prior to last year's win, the Greyhounds suffered a seven-game losing streak that dated back to 1999.
Scouting the Cavaliers
Saturday's game also marks the season opener for Virginia. The Cavaliers went 14-6 in 2010 and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals, and begin this year with No. 7 rankings in both the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse Preseason Polls. Virginia returns 15 players from last year's squad and welcome 11 freshmen to the team.
Start Spreading the News
The Greyhounds occupy the No. 12 spot in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse College Association Preseason Poll. The ranking marks the highest preseason spot in the poll in six years, when the Greyhounds checked in at No. 9 in 2005.
The team also garnered the No. 12 ranking in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Preseason Poll, improving two spots over last season's preseason rankings. The Greyhounds tied with Dartmouth for the No. 12 spot.
Hard Road to Travel
The Greyhounds face seven opponents appearing in the IWLCA's top 20 and five in the top 10 in 2011, including starting the season against three straight ranked foes. No. T-7 Virginia (February 19), No. 15 Towson (March 5), No. 16 Penn State (March 8), No. 9 James Madison (March 19), No. 10 Notre Dame (April 3), No. T-7 Georgetown (April 19) and No. 5 Syracuse (April 29) appear on Loyola's schedule this season. The Greyhounds also play Denver (March 27) and Rutgers (April 23), who receive votes in the poll.
Leaders of the Pack
Midfielder Cara Filippelli, midfielder Abby Rehfuss and goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff serve as captains for Loyola this year. Filippelli (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and 28 assists) and Rehfuss (2010 Second-Team All-BIG EAST, 23 goals and seven assists) return as captains for the second year, while Stoothoff (9.47 goals-against-average and .497 save percentage) makes her debut as a captain.
Big Respect in the BIG EAST
BIG EAST coaches predicted Loyola to finish fourth in the conference in the annual preseason conference poll. The Greyhounds went 5-3 in BIG EAST play last year en route to a fourth-place finish. Georgetown took top honors, followed by Syracuse and Notre Dame.
Grace Gavin, Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss were named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on January 25. Gavin was a unanimous selection, as well as taking BIG EAST Preseason Attack Player of the Year honors. The announcement marked Gavin's third straight year on the team, Filippelli's second and Rehfuss' first.
Old 'Hounds, New Tricks
Loyola returns 10 starters from the 2010 team that ended the year ranked No. 13, including 2010 BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year Grace Gavin. Gavin finished the year with 64 goals and 23 assists for 87 points, also earning IWLCA Second-Team All-American and WomensLax.com All-American honors. The returners for Loyola in 2011 combined for 198 goals and 81 assists last year.
The team also sees three Second-Team All-BIG EAST selections from 2010 return for this season. Rehfuss and Filippelli earned the honor in addition to junior defender Ana Heneberry, who ranked second on the team with 35 caused turnovers and third with 39 ground balls.
The Greyhounds lose only two starters from last year's squad that reached the BIG EAST Semifinals, but two players who served big roles for Loyola. Emily Gibson tallied 48 points for the Greyhounds (33 goals and 15 assists), second-most on the team, while Tara Gardner led the team from the defensive end, starting all 18 games.
Grace Gavin enters the year with the chance to make significant strides in the Loyola record books. She sits 75 points short of tying the Loyola career point record, 65 goals short of the career goal mark and 65 assists shy of the career assists record.
Gavin enters this year on a 41 game goal streak, the third-longest in the nation and the second-most among players returning in 2011. Her 47 consecutive games with a point is also eighth in the country and third among players returning in 2011.
Party at Our Place
Loyola will host the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship at the Ridley Athletic Complex on May 2 and 4, 2013. The event will mark the first BIG EAST postseason event Loyola has hosted. In nine years, BIG EAST teams have made 23 appearances in the NCAA tournament and six teams have made it to the final four. Three teams (Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown) have appeared in the tournament for three years straight.
Loyola welcomes seven freshmen to the team in 2011. Top incoming players include Ali Carpenter (Baltimore Sun Player to Watch, hat trick in the IAAM-A Maryland State Championship Game), Molly Dickerson (First-team All-ESIAC, All-Bayside Conference, member of the Eastern Shore National Team, represented D.C. in the 2009 Under Armour Underclass All-American Game) and Marlee Paton (Youngest player on the Australian Senior National Team that took the silver medal at the 2009 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, finished fourth on the team with 10 goals.)
At the Helm
Head Coach Jen Adams returns to lead the Greyhounds for the third year, looking to build on a 22-13 record at Loyola. In 2010 under Adams, Loyola reached its first ever BIG EAST Semifinal and led the nation in caused turnovers (13.06/game) for the second consecutive season. The team also enjoyed its best-ever season in the BIG EAST (5-3) and ranked in the top 25 in five statistical categories.
Assistant Coach Dana Dobbie also returns for her third season. A two-time All-American and Tewaaraton Trophy finalist at Maryland, Dobbie has overseen a Loyola midfield unit that has produced four All-BIG EAST selections and led the in caused turnovers over the last two years.
Loyola adds new assistant coach Katie Chrest to the coaching staff this year. Chrest, a three-time All-American at Duke, played on the championship-winning 2009 U.S. Women's World Cup Team after becoming the Blue Devils' all-time leading scorer and winning the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy.