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No. 7 Women's Lacrosse To Face No. 17 Towson In Road Battle
March 3, 2011
• The Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse team matches up with No. 17 Towson in the 39th all-time meeting between the two local rivals.
• Towson opened its season on Wednesday evening against UMBC, falling to the Retreivers after a late UMBC rally, 10-9. UMBC outscored the Tigers 7-5 in the second half and outshot Towson overall, 35-16.
• The Greyhounds won 26 straight meetings from 1983 to 2007 before the Tigers broke the streak in 2008. The two sides have alternated wins in the last three games, with Loyola’s last win against Towson coming in 2009.
Scouting the Tigers
• Jess Dunn scored three goals in Wednesday’s loss for Towson, and Kelly Custer chipped in two as well. Mary Teeters led the team with three ground balls, and MaryEllen Elie and Jess Dunn led Towson with two draw controls.
• Sonia LaMonica serves as head coach in her first season. LaMonica, a native of Australia, played with Loyola head coach Jen Adams at Maryland before eventually taking the head coaching job at Mount St. Mary’s.
Heck UVa Win
• Loyola began its 39th season in impressive fashion, knocking off the then-ranked No. 7 Virginia Cavaliers by a score of 15-8 on Saturday, February 19.
• Eight different Greyhounds tallied goals for Loyola, including freshman Marlee Paton, who led all scorers with four goals. Grace Gavin added three and Caroline Hager and Meg Decker each chipped in two.
• The last time Loyola boasted eight scorers in a game was on March 24, 2010, when the Greyhounds topped Stony Brook, 18-7. Nine different players scored for Loyola in the win over the Seawolves.
• Loyola hosted the England national team on February 24 in exhibition action and bested the British visitors, 14-9.
• A pair of freshmen enjoyed a successful evening as Marlee Paton and Taryn VanThof tied for the team lead with three goals each. Eight different players scored for the Greyhounds on the night. Joanna Dalton and Meg Decker each added two, and Grace Gavin, Abby Rehfuss, Caroline Hager and Alison Habicht all added one apiece.
Beasts in the BIG EAST
• Kerry Stoothoff was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week this week for her eight-save effort in Loyola’s win over Virginia.
• In addition to Stoothoff’s saves, the junior goalkeeper also picked up a team-high three ground balls.
• The award marks the first career weekly honor for Stoothoff. She was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice in 2010.
• Freshman Marlee Paton was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after scoring four goals in her collegiate debut against Virginia, leading all scorers.
• For her effort, Paton was named the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week this week.
Start Spreading the News
• The Greyhounds moved up five spots to No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse College Association after the season-opening win over then-ranked No. 7 Virginia.
• The team also made the same jump from No. 12 to No. 7 in the newest Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Poll.
Hard Road to Travel
• The Greyhounds face seven opponents appearing in the IWLCA’s preseason 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 received votes in the opening 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 71 points short of tying the Loyola career point record, 62 goals short of the career goal mark and 64 assists shy of the career assists record.
• Gavin entered this year on a 41 game goal streak, the third-longest in the nation and the second-most among players returning in 2011. She upped the streak to 42 after the Virginia win. 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), Taryn VanThof (Led high school team in goals, assists and ground balls for all four years and scored four goals in an exhibition against England) 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.)
Steering the Ship
• 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.