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No. 13 Greyhounds Take Win Streak To Louisville Thursday

Cassandra Cursaro

Cassandra Cursaro

April 3, 2012

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Opponent Louisville Cardinals
Date Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time Noon
Location Louisville, Kentucky | UofL Lacrosse Stadium
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Thursday’s Game
• Louisville and Loyola will meet for the fifth time in program history on Thursday.
• The two squads have both played Cincinnati and Notre Dame this year. Louisville traveled to Notre Dame and fell, 13-11, before rebounding in Ohio with an 18-7 win vs. the Bearcats.
• Loyola hosted both teams the next weekend, beating Cincinnati, 16-8, before handing the Fighting Irish their first loss of the season, 17-11.

Loyola Greyhounds (7-3, 3-0 BIG EAST)
• The Greyhounds are coming off three-straight conference wins, including a 17-11 victory over previously unbeaten No. 6 Notre Dame on Sunday, April 1.
• With three BIG EAST wins, the Greyhounds open conference play with a 3-0 record for the second-straight year and join Syracuse as the only teams left unbeaten in league play.
• All seven of Loyola’s starting attackers have reached double figures in scoring this season, led by sophomore Marlee Paton’s 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists. Freshman Annie Thomas also has 15 assists and sits second on the team with 32 points, while classmates Hannah Schmitt (20g, 3a) and Sydney Thomas (14g, 6a) are third and fourth in scoring, respectively.
• Juniors Cass Cursaro (15g, 1a) and Joanna Dalton (10g, 2a) have also recorded double-figures in scoring, while freshman Molly Hulseman (9g, 1a) round out the starting attackers.
• Defensively, senior Kellye Gallagher leads the nation in ground balls (36) and is ranked second in caused turnovers (27), while classmate Ana Heneberry is ranked eighth nationally in caused turnovers (22).
• In goal, senior Kerry Stoothoff is ranked second in the league in save percentage (.467) and is third in goals-against average, allowing 9.72 per game.

Scouting Louisville (3-6, 1-1 BIG EAST)
• The Cardinals have had a week off after an 18-7 victory at Cincinnati on Tuesday, March 27.
• Cincinnati is led offensively by Nikki Boltja, who has recorded a team-best 36 goals, while Jamie Redding has dished out a team-best 10 assists.
• Defensively, Monica Negron has a team-high 23 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, while Cat Gordon leads the way with 43 draw controls.
• In goal, Danielle Pawliw and Ashley Herbst share time with Pawliw posting a 3-5 record and Herbst being credited with the other loss. Pawliw is allowing 14.80 goals per game, while Herbst has posted a 9.83 GAA.

Series Record vs. Louisville
• Since Louisville joined the BIG EAST in 2008, the Greyhounds are 3-1 vs. the Cardinals.
• Loyola won the first meeting in 2008, 21-18, before dropping a 13-12 decision at home in 2009. The Greyhound won the 2010 contest, 17-10, and in 2011, 14-12.
• When playing in Kentucky, the Greyhounds are 2-0.

Scoring By Class
• More than half of Loyola’s goals this season have been scored by a member of this year’s freshman class, while nobody in this year’s senior class has recorded a goal.
• Sixy four of Loyola’s 118 goals have been scored by a newcomer, while the sophomore class has notched 29 goals and the juniors are responsible for 25 goals.
        Freshmen class      64 goals - 25 assists - 89 points
        Sophomore class   29 goals - 15 assists - 44 points
        Junior class           25 goals - 7 assists - 32 points
        Senior class           0 goals - 0 assists - 0 points

Freshmen Records
• With two assists at No. 13 Georgetown, freshman Annie Thomas moved her rookie season total to 12 to tie Colleen O’Keefe (2007) for 10th on Loyola’s all-time freshmen records.
• She then dished out three more in a 2-0 week vs. Cincinnati and No. 6 Notre Dame to move into a tie for second place with Abby Rehfuss (2008) at 15.
• Janet Eisenhut holds the freshman record for assists at 19 from 1980.
• See full chart on page 7.

Climbing The Charts
• Seniors Ana Heneberry became the second Greyhound in program history to reach 100 career ground balls and 100 career caused turnovers. Entering the week, Heneberry has 103 ground balls and 106 caused turnovers.
• Classmate Kellye Gallagher is right behind Heneberry, as she needs just one caused turnover to become the third Greyhound to reach the milestone. Entering the week, Gallagher has 131 ground balls and 99 caused turnovers.
• On Loyola’s all-time career caused turnovers record lists, Heneberry and Gallagher sit second and third, respectively, chasing Jen Albright’s school record of 130. Albright played from 2000-03.

National Rankings
• Senior Kellye Gallagher leads the nation in ground balls (3.60) and is second in caused turnovers (2.70) per game, while senior Ana Heneberry is ranked eighth with 2.20 caused turnovers per game.
• Senior goalkeeper Kerry Stoothoff is ranked in the top 50 of five statistical categories, including being 19th in ground balls per game (2.80). Stoothoff is ranked 18th in save percentage (.467), tied for 33rd in saves per game (7.9), 24th in goals allowed (9.73) and is tied for 29th in saves (79).
• Sophomore Marlee Paton and freshman Annie Thomas are also ranked, as the duo enters the week rank tied for 40th nationally with 1.50 assists per game and tied for 43rd with 15 assists.
• Paton is also ranked tied for 45th with 3.80 points per game.
• As a team, Loyola is ranked third in caused turnovers per game (11.30) and ground balls per game (20.60).

Greyhounds Sweep BIG EAST Honors
• Sophomore Marlee Paton and senior Ana Heneberry were named BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on April 2, after leading the Greyhounds to a 2-0 week, which featured a 16-8 win over Cincinnati and a 17-11 victory vs. previously unbeaten No. 6 Notre Dame.
• Paton recorded 11 points on six goals and five assists in the two games, including tying a career-high five goals vs. the Bearcats and, despite being face guarded, dishing out a career-best four assists vs. the Irish.
• Heneberry held the league’s leading scorer Maggie Tamasitis (5.3 pts/game) to just one goal in a win over Notre Dame. She also helped the defense hold Cincinnati to just eight goals. For the week, she caused seven turnovers and scooped up four ground balls.
• The honor marks the first of Paton’s career, while it was the second for Heneberry and first of the season.
• Heneberry is also the second Greyhound to be named BIG EAST Defender of the Week this season, as classmate Kellye Gallagher earned the honor on March 12.

Schmitt Named WomensLax.com Rookie Of The Week
• Freshman Hannah Schmitt became the second-straight Greyhound to earn WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week honors, and the third in the past four weeks. Classmate Annie Thomas was selected last week, while Sydney Thomas earned the honor on March 12.
• Schmitt helped Loyola to a 2-0 week which featured wins vs. Cincinnati (16-8) and previously unbeaten No. 6 Notre Dame (17-11).
• Schmitt notched a career-high six points on a personal-best four goals and two assists in a win over the Irish. She also tallied two goals in a win over the Bearcats.
• For the week, Schmitt had eight points on six goals and two assists, while she also added three ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers.

Greyhounds Knock Off Previously Unbeaten Notre Dame
• The Greyhounds used a string of eight goals throughout the second half to pull away from No. 6 Notre Dame and held on to hand the Irish their first loss of the season, 17-11.
• Freshmen Hannah Schmitt and Annie Thomas paced the Greyhounds with career-highs in goals and points, as the duo recorded four goals each. Schmitt added two assists for a career-high six points, while Thomas tacked on one helper for a personal-best five points. Classmate Sydney Thomas also notched a hat trick for Loyola, while sophomore Marlee Paton - who was face guarded - dished out a career-high four assists.
• Defensively, senior Ana Heneberry held Maggie Tamasitis - the league’s top scorer - to just one goal.
• With the win, the Greyhounds start BIG EAST play 3-0 for the second-straight year.

Controlling The Bearcats
• Sophomore Marlee Paton tied a career-high with five goals to lead Loyola to a 16-8 win over Cincinnati.
• Sophomore Ali Habicht also notched her first career hat trick in the game, scoring three goals, while junior Ashley Cahill dished out a personal-best three assists.
• Defensively, senior Kellye Gallagher had five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while classmate Ana Heneberry caused four turnovers.

Up Next
• Loyola will step out of conference play for its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, April 14. The Greyhounds will travel to Cornell for a 1 p.m. game.


 

 

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