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Women's Lacrosse To Host Penn State On Tuesday Night
March 7, 2011
Lions, Tigers and Bears
• Three days after dispatching the then-No. 17 Towson Tigers, Loyola will host the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday evening before playing the Cornell Big Red on Friday afternoon.
• The Greyhounds' 2-0 record has the team off to the best start since 2006. Loyola defeated Delaware and UMBC before dropping the next two to North Carolina in Princeton en route to a 7-8 season. Loyola has not started a season 3-0 since 2004.
• Loyola took the 39th meeting with local rival Towson on Saturday, March 5 by dominating both ends of the field, rolling to a 12-2 win at Towson's Unitas Stadium.
• The 12-2 result matched the biggest Greyhounds win over the Tigers since March 28, 2001, when Loyola turned in a 13-3 win on the road. Loyola now leads the all-time series, 30-9.
• Kerry Stoothoff came up big for Loyola once again, making 10 saves, including seven in the second half, for her second win of the season.
• Cahill, VanThof and Carpenter each scored their first career goal in the win.
• Penn State leads the all-time series against the Greyhounds, 13-11.
• The Nittany Lions narrowly won last year's meeting, 9-8, in University Park, Pa. Grace Gavin scored a hat trick in the loss.
• The Greyhounds have dropped the last five meetings to Penn State, with the last win coming on April 3, 2004, in a 10-9 win on the road.
• Loyola and Cornell stand even in the all-time series, 2-2.
• The two sides first played in 2007 and have continued for the past four years, with Cornell winning the first two games and Loyola collected the last two.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
• Penn State enters Tuesday's game with a 1-3 record after dropping a road contest to Virginia on Sunday, 10-5.
• The Nittany Lions began the year with a 13-2 loss to top-ranked Maryland before a close 8-7 loss to Albany. Penn State's lone win came in a 22-2 romp over Bucknell on March 2.
• Laura Lesnick leads the team with six goals, while Jen Steadman mantains the points lead with eight (3 G, 5 A).
• Jackie Eastman and goalkeeper Dana Cahill share the lead in ground balls, with 10, and Theresa Zichelli disrupts offenses with seven caused turnovers, six draw controls and seven ground balls.
• Cahill enter's Tuesday's game with a 9.14 goals against average and a .439 save percentage.
Scouting the Big Red
• Friday's game marks the road opener for Cornell, who has gone 1-2 in 2011 after falling, 13-12, to fellow Ivy League foe Harvard on March 5.
• Cornell lost its first game to BIG EAST member Rutgers, 11-7, on February 26. The Big Red captured its first win against Colgate in a 15-14 shootout on March 2.
• Libby Johnson leads the team in goals (nine) and points (10). Jessi Steinberg's eight draw controls lead the team in that category and Ali O'Neil leads in ground balls, with seven.
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.
• Before the Virginia win, 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.
None Shall Pass
• Loyola has averaged five goals allowed through its first two games, a pace not seen since the 2003 season. The 2003 Greyhounds allowed only eight in the first two games to UMBC and North Carolina before losing in the NCAA Semifinals ranked No. 1.
Beasts in the BIG EAST
• Kerry Stoothoff was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on February 21 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 on February 21 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 the week of February 21 as well.
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' 2011 schedule includes six opponents in the February 28th edition of the IWLCA Top 20. Loyola has already defeated the two ranked opponents it has faced, No. 5 Virginia (15-8) and No. 17 Towson (12-2).
• Other opponents in the top 20 include: No. 10 James Madison (March 19), No. 12 Notre Dame (April 3), No. 6 Georgetown (April 19) and No. 11 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 68 points short of tying the Loyola career point record, 60 goals short of the career goal mark and 63 assists shy of the career assists record.
• Gavin enters this week on a 43 game goal streak after scoring two in the team's 12-2 win against Towson on March 5.
Career Record Watch
• Grace Gavin ranks fifth in points (220, eight away from Rita Ciletti in fourth), fifth in goals (163, 14 away from Anne Allen in fourth), ninth in assists (57, Michelle Meyer in eighth), eighth in draw controls (116, two away from Emily Gibson in seventh) and 15th in caused turnovers (46, two away from Stacey Morlang in 14th).
• Abby Rehfuss ranks fifth in draw controls (123, one away from Sabrina Gallagher in fourth), 11th in caused turnovers (55, three away from teammate Ana Heneberry in 10th), 23rd in points (131, one away from Kerry Johnson in 22nd), 24th in goals (93, one away from Linda Justice in 23rd) and 18th in assists (38, two away from Sabrina Gallagher and Colleen O'Keefe in 16th).
• Ana Heneberry ranks 10th in caused turnovers (58, two away from Dana Cappello in ninth).
• Goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff ranks 10th in saves after passing teammate Meg Steffe (248, four away from Linda McHenry in ninth), 20th in save percentage (.497, Kelly Gonnor holds 19th with .500) and 14th in goals against average (9.76, Kate Plantholt holds 13th with 9.64).
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 first goal against Towson) and Marlee Paton (Youngest player on the Australian Senior National Team that took the silver medal at the 2009 Women's Lacrosse World Cup, scored four goals in debut against Virginia).
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.