Adams' First Season A Resounding Success - 2009 Loyola Women's Lacrosse In Review
May 7, 2009
Wrapping Up 2009
- Loyola closed its 2009 schedule on May 2 with a 19-16 victory over Denver, extending the Greyhounds' overall record to 11-6.
- The win total represented the most Loyola has posted since the 2004 squad finished with 14-4 record.
- The Greyhounds are now 373-200-10 (.648) all-time in women's lacrosse.
So Long Seniors
- Eight outstanding women closed their Loyola lacrosse careers against Denver - Jessica Aikens, Paige Hoffen, Megan Joines, Maura Kenny, Colleen O'Keefe, Mary Clare Taylor, Meg Taylor and Elizabeth Weber.
- The group combined to score 222 goals with 77 assists and contribute 269 ground balls, 152 draw controls and 117 caused turnovers over their careers.
Movin' On Up
- Loyola's 11-6 record marked a vast improvement over the 6-10 finish of 2008. The Greyhounds finished tied for second nationally with Colgate, Longwood, Maryland, UMBC and Villanova with a 4 1/2-game turnaround. Old Dominion led the nation with a 6 1/2-game improvement.
Adams' First Year A Success
- After becoming arguably the best collegiate and international player ever, Jen Adams also found success as an assistant coach. This year in her first season as a head coach at Loyola, she brought success along with her.
- Adams' 11 wins and .647 winning percentage this season ranked fourth amongst 19 NCAA Division I coaches in their first year with a program. Fairfield's Mike Waldvogel went 17-2 (.895); Stanford's Amy Bokker led the Cardinal to a 14-4 (.778) record; Laura Campbell at Marist went 12-5 (.706); and, Lehigh's Jill Redfern was 11-6 (.647), too.
- Like Adams, Campbell was also a head coach for the first time, while Waldvogel, Bokker and Redfern had directed programs at other schools.
BIG EAST Honors Five Greyhounds
- Cara Filippelli and Grace Gavin each earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors, leading the list of five Loyola players who were named to the conference teams.
- Colleen O'Keefe, Abby Rehfuss and Meg Steffe all earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades.
- The five All-BIG EAST members were the most Loyola has placed on the teams since joining the conference four years ago.
- It was also the second-highest total by a team in the conference this season, trailing only Georgetown.
Bringing Down Records
- The Greyhounds set two school records in 2009, representing their ability to distribute the ball on offense. Loyola set a new school record with 6.29 assists per game (107 assists in 17 games). The previous mark of 6.1 was set in 2001.
- Loyola also recorded a school best for points per game with 20.12, bettering the 1985 standard of 18.47.
- This year's squad just missed the goals per game record, averaging 13.82 behind the 1985 record of 14.47. Loyola's 235 goals this season rank fourth in school history.
- In addition to the aforementioned team records set, Loyola had several individual performances rank in the top-10 of school single-season history.
- Cara Filippelli set a new standard for caused turnovers per game, 2.29, breaking Jen Albright's 2000 mark of 2.14. Filippelli caused 39 turnovers this season, the second-most in school history behind Albright's 45 in 2000.
- Colleen O'Keefe's 1.24 assists per game rank 10th in school history.
Leader Of The Pack
- As of May 7, the Greyhounds lead NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game, averaging 13.47 in 17 contests.
- Cara Filippelli, who leads the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game as of May 4 with 2.29 is sixth in Division I.
Finishing With A Flourish
- After scoring eight goals over a four-game stretch from April 3-15, Grace Gavin increased her production considerably in Loyola's last three games. The sophomore midfielder scored four goals in each of those contests and added assists against Princeton and Denver.
Taylor Twins Tally Career Bests
- Mary Clare and Meg Taylor closed their collegiate careers with multi-goal games against Denver. Meg scored three goals, and Mary Clare added two others. The scoring totals equaled both of their career highs.
- Mary Clare also set a career-best with three caused turnovers against the Pioneers.
Colleen Closes Strong
- Colleen O'Keefe did not go quietly in her final game as a collegiate player. The senior attacker matched her career-high with four goals in the 2009 finale against Denver. She also had two assists for a career-best six points.
Toppling A Top 10
- Loyola's win over Georgetown marked the first time since April 9, 2004, that the Greyhounds had beaten a team ranked in the nation's Top 10. On that date, the Greyhounds beat No. 4 Duke, 10-8.
- With the win, they are now 4-3 against ranked foes this season.
Goalies Combine For Good Numbers
- Meg Steffe and Kerry Stoothoff split time in goal for Loyola relatively evenly this season. In 33 more minutes, Steffe allowed 85 goals to Stoothoff's 86, while Steffe has made 90 saves and Stoothoff 77.
- Along with Courtney Burhans, they had the best overall saves percentage in the BIG EAST this season at .490.
- In BIG EAST play, they were even better at .534. After saving 16 of 27 shots on goal (.593) against Georgetown, Steffe has a conference-leading mark of .547 in 240-plus minutes of BIG EAST action.
Taking Care Of The Ball = Taking Care Of Business
- Loyola is 7-0 this season when committing fewer turnovers than its opponents. The Greyhounds are 3-6 when turning the ball over more than their opponents, 1-0 when finishing with the same total of miscues.
- During the 2009 season, nine Greyhounds scored 14 or more goals. As of May 4, no other BIG EAST Conference team has more than seven players who scored in double digits.
- The Greyhounds also have four players with 16 or more assists and five more with five-plus. All told, 10 Loyola players have recorded 10 or more points.
- Gavin's free-position goal with just over two minutes remaining at Notre Dame gave her an even 100 points for her career while playing just 26 games.
- In Loyola's 36-plus years of women's lacrosse, only one player has reached 100 points in quicker fashion. Janet Eisenhut, who is the school's all-time leading goal-scorer (223), recorded her 100th career point in her 20th collegiate game on April 19, 1981. Eisenhut held the Loyola points scored record with 284 until Stacey Morlang broke it with 288 in 2002.
- Through 26 career games, Eisenhut recorded 134 total points, and Morlang had 78. In the Cincinnati game, Maura Kenny scored three goals, reaching an even 100 total points in her career.
No Sophomore Slump
- After a fantastic freshman season that earned her All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, Grace Gavin followed with a standout sophomore year. She has eclipsed her 2008 totals in goals (56 in 2009, 38 in 2008), assists (18/14), total points (84/52), ground balls (31/12) and caused turnovers (21/11) in 17 games this year.
- Fellow sophomore Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss also had outstanding second campaigns. Rehfuss scored 32 goals and had 16 assists, while Filippelli finished at 15 and five. Rehfuss led the Greyhounds with 46 draw controls, and Filippelli topped Loyola in ground balls (46) and caused turnovers (39).
- Goalkeeper Meg Steffe has improved her save percentage to .514 from .436 a year ago, and Mary Heneberry has exceeded her 12 goals with 20.
- The two goals Loyola allowed against Connecticut are tied for second-fewest in a BIG EAST Conference game. Notre Dame held Rutgers to just a pair, as well, in 2002.
- Loyola's sophomore class led the Greyhounds (percentage-wise) in every statistical category on the board. The second year crew scored 56-percent of the team's goals. It also leads in assists (45%), ground balls (49%) and caused turnovers (55%).
- The seniors were second in almost every category, scoring 34-percent of the goals and recording 36-percent of the assists. The juniors were second with 17-percent of the team's caused turnovers.
Off To The Races
- Grace Gavin recorded a hat trick during the first 104 seconds of Loyola's game against then-No. 14 Cornell, staking Loyola to a 3-0 lead. She scored another during the first half and three during the second, matching her career-high of seven goals.
- Through eight games this season, Loyola has been highly effective in spreading out its offense. The Greyhounds have seen 12 and 11 different players score goals in games and nine in another.
- After an informal poll, no other NCAA Division I team has had 12 or more players score in a game this year.
- All three Loyola coaches will represent their native countries at this summer's Women's Lacrosse World Cup in Prague, Czech Republic, making them the only coaching staff in NCAA lacrosse to mark such a feat.
- Head Coach Jen Adams will play for Australia, while assistants Kylee White and Dana Dobbie will compete for Canada. The trio will meet on the field in the first game of the Cup on June 18.